April 2010 Archives

Information Architecture

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According to the Yale Web Style Guide, information architecture concerns the conceptual model and the general structure, plan, and assembly of a website. In a website that has proper information architecture in place, users may not even notice its usage. However, users are bound to notice if poor information architecture is not in place. Its absence can be a glaring error from the user's perspective.

When looking at the Prelaw Handbook website, some aspects of the information architecture are clearly missing. It doesn't take long for users to recognize this while looking at the home page. The information presented on the page, and throughout the site, is poorly organized. For instance, the home page should place information about the site together with important questions that users may ask when they first arrive at the site. Specifically, users may want to know what prelaw means. This would be good information to place with an explanation of the website. This could dictate whether or not users stay on the website or not.

We can also see a lack of information architecture by just looking at the link names. Here, we see overlapping. The links could be more concise and the list could easily be condensed. When looking at the information presented under each link, there is very little information given, which also leads me to believe that using less links would be more efficient.

Overall, the website needs some work, which I am confident can be successfully implemented with some additional work.

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