Providing clear and compelling navigation is key to a site’s success. Testing that navigation with an online survey for real users to complete ensures that you'll answer your audience's questions.
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During our Information Architecture process, we help clients organize their content and create a content creation plan for the different types of content to use on their new website. Our clients have experienced authors who are experts in their field, but writing for the web has its own challenges. Ginny Redish explains it well in Letting Go of the Words, “People come for information that answers their question or helps them complete their task.
My coworkers enjoy pointing out QR codes to me and watching as my soul dies just a little. In a friendly way.
I try not to be an irrational hater, so when I start hating on something like QR codes, I spend a lot of time thinking about whether my intuitive reaction is actually valid. I've been hating QR codes for a long time, so I've had a lot of time to reflect on why they are, rationally, the worst thing ever.
I am sure as you browse the web today you have come across a familiar pattern for displaying content within card-like rectangles. These cards introduce a unique new way of presenting content and there is a clear trend driving their use by big web players, including but not limited to Pinterest and Google+. The question is: are these cards right for your interface? The answer: It depends.
Aten Design Group had the great pleasure of attending the 14th Annual Allied Media Conference (AMC), a gathering of artists, filmmakers, web developers, grassroots organizers, musicians, and other media-makers working to transform the world through media.
Drupal Commerce is a robust, flexible e-commerce platform. Wading through its several pages of configuration options isn't always easy, though. That's why we've put together a cheat-sheet for configuring a clean, simple express checkout with Drupal Commerce.
QwertyTown is an online community that teaches kids to type. Our goal was to create an interactive experience that makes typing fun. The keyboarding lesson is a flash module where kids learn to type. The client gave us an outline with levels as main categories, then individual lessons for each level. Each lesson covers a specific key set the student needs to learn. We wrote the ActionScript and built the back-end architecture that makes the keyboarding lesson work.
We spend significant time and effort in the information architecture phase of projects, during which our principle goal is to create an effective sitemap. As with other steps in the process, we pitch an initial recommendation, solicit feedback, host discussions, make some changes, rinse and repeat. Also similar to other parts of the process, it is critical to establish metrics that define a particular final product as successful. With sitemaps, this has proven particularly important.
A while ago, Google made a suggestion for crawling websites that used AJAX for navigation. Soon after, Google implemented the idea in their search engine. Few paid attention to this until last September, when Twitter started using the technique.