Eight Principles of Information Architecture
Interesting thinking from Dan Brown on eight principles of successful IA (and, I would argue, UX in general). They are:
- The principle of objects – Treat content as a living, breathing thing, with a lifecycle, behaviors and attributes.
- The principle of choices – Create pages that offer meaningful choices to users, keeping the range of choices available focused on a particular task.
- The principle of disclosure – Show only enough information to help people understand what kinds of information they’ll find as they dig deeper.
- The principle of exemplars – Describe the contents of categories by showing examples of the contents.
- The principle of front doors – Assume at least half of the website’s visitors will come through some page other than the home page.
- The principle of multiple classification – Offer users several different classification schemes to browse the site’s content.
- The principle of focused navigation – Don’t mix apples and oranges in your navigation scheme.
- The principle of growth – Assume the content you have today is a small fraction of the content you will have tomorrow.