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Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

Designing Large-Scale Web Sites

By Peter Morville,Louis Rosenfeld

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| Paperback | 9780596527341

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Book Description

The post-Ajaxian Web 2.0 world of wikis, folksonomies, and mashups makes well-planned information architecture even more essential. How do you present large volumes of information to people who need to find what they're Continue

Book Description

The post-Ajaxian Web 2.0 world of wikis, folksonomies, and mashups makes well-planned information architecture even more essential. How do you present large volumes of information to people who need to find what they're looking for quickly? This classic primer shows information architects, designers, and web site developers how to build large-scale and maintainable web sites that are appealing and easy to navigate.

The new edition is thoroughly updated to address emerging technologies -- with recent examples, new scenarios, and information on best practices -- while maintaining its focus on fundamentals. With topics that range from aesthetics to mechanics, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web explains how to create interfaces that users can understand right away. Inside, you'll find:

An overview of information architecture for both newcomers and experienced practitioners
The fundamental components of an architecture, illustrating the interconnected nature of these systems. Updated, with updates for tagging, folksonomies, social classification, and guided navigation
Tools, techniques, and methods that take you from research to strategy and design to implementation. This edition discusses blueprints, wireframes and the role of diagrams in the design phase
A series of short essays that provide practical tips and philosophical advice for those who work on information architecture
The business context of practicing and promoting information architecture, including recent lessons on how to handle enterprise architecture
Case studies on the evolution of two large and very different information architectures, illustrating best practices along the way
How do you document the rich interfaces of web applications? How do you design for multiple platforms and mobile devices? With emphasis on goals and approaches over tactics or technologies, this enormously popular book gives you knowledge about information architecture with a framework that allows you to learn new approaches -- and unlearn outmoded ones.



From the Inside Flap
Praise for Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 2nd Edition
"It's been well worth the wait! This much expanded second version provides a holistic perspective on information architecture – something that wasn't possible earlier on when the concept was just beginning to be raised in the web space. It will be the starting place and the core reference resource for practicing and future information architects, as well as their managers. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to make their ideas become real, and most importantly, of value to their end-user community." -- Mary Lee Kennedy, Microsoft

"In the first edition, Lou and Peter examined the emergence of a new species of technical professional -- the IA. In this second edition, they expose the complex electronic ecosystem in which IA now exist. With wit, wisdom, and a pinch of whimsy, they give you what you need to be or work with an architect of the wired world." - Bob Boiko, Lecturer, University of Washington iSchool & President, Metatorial Services Inc.

"What's big and throbbing? Your headache. It's caused by the uncontrollable flood of web pages that you have to deal with, day after day. The pain you feel is the result of a web site that lacks structure and is getting more and more out of control. You want relief? The 2nd Edition of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web is the cure." -- John S. Rhodes, WebWord.com -- Industrial Strength Usability

"The world will be a better place when web designers read this book. It's smart, funny, and artfully distills years of the authors' hard-won experience. Information Architecture is unlike any other book on web design I know in that it tackles political/organizational challenges as well as content, structure and user interface. This is not design-lite, but a deep treatment of fundamental issues of information presentation that advances the state of the art. Light years ahead of the competition." -- Bonnie Nardi, co-author of Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart, MIT Press, 1999.

"If you are developing large-scale Web sites with a complex information architecture, this book will explain everything you need. Rosenfeld and Morville define the art and science of information architecture. This book is beneficial for both the novice or the experienced professional. Once again, Rosenfeld and Morville have written the Bible of information architecture. This book should be on every Web developer's bookshelf." -Cameron Barrett, Design Technologist, camworld.com

"Clearly written, a powerful use of simple metaphors to make complex points. Restores information management to its rightful place in management thinking." - Dave Snowden, Director of the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity IBM Global Services

"Perhaps the only good thing about the dot.com bust is that it finally gave Lou [Rosenfeld] and Peter [Morville] time to finish their long awaited second edition of THE best book on Web design. As a reward for our patience, they've added tons of things they've learned in the intervening years, expanding it into the definitive book on Information Architecture. If you build Web sites, you need a copy on your bookshelf." - Steve Krug, Author of Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability

"In this definitive text for the emerging profession of information architecture, Rosenfeld and Morville provide a wealth of experience-based examples and guidance for practitioners and students alike." – Gary Marchionini, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Probably interesting enough for the new practicioner or the aspiring librarian but I found this to be an exceptionally dry read (even compared to the admittedly very detailed About Face).

    I'd recommend skimming content, skipping chapters and fo ...(continue)

    Probably interesting enough for the new practicioner or the aspiring librarian but I found this to be an exceptionally dry read (even compared to the admittedly very detailed About Face).

    I'd recommend skimming content, skipping chapters and focusing most probably on part III (Process and Methodology) of the book.

    Still a must probably in this field, so better just get it over with.

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    alper said on Dec 23, 2008 | Add your feedback

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    這本書可以說把網站的整體架構分門條列的介紹,對非資訊管理的人來說,讀起來像是教科書,略為枯燥點,然而對於從事相關行業的我來說,確實是一本很好的概唸書。

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    DJQA said on Nov 6, 2008 | Add your feedback

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    One is not really supposed to sit an read an o'reilly book cover to cover, but I started to do this anyway. This was the last book of the "preparatory reading" and was worried that I was going to be in the position that I'd done all the reading for t ...(continue)

    One is not really supposed to sit an read an o'reilly book cover to cover, but I started to do this anyway. This was the last book of the "preparatory reading" and was worried that I was going to be in the position that I'd done all the reading for the term before it started, looks like I may indeed be in that boat! As it turns out this is the only book for the data information technologies architecture course, (though lots of e-resources will be used).

    I did actually stop reading this half way through, as when I discovered I could read my course description online, they said that parts 4 and 5 weren't very useful.

    The rest of the book though I did find quite interesting. It gave me a good idea of what information architecture is, which I had no idea when i started. It talked about what made good and bad organisation of web pages, and information on web pages. While I don't think that this level of web design is something I really want to pursue it'll be useful to be able to evaluate stuff and possibly will end up utilising some of this information in relation to digital libraries at some point in the future.

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    Robot-mel said on Sep 25, 2008 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    介紹如何簡單卻又條理的呈現資訊,創造資訊的"架構",使人容易了解、接觸。

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    Leeheng said on Jan 25, 2008 | Add your feedback

  • 3 people find this helpful

    因學業撰寫文章,以及公司工作的關係,買了這本書,但也很慶幸自己擁有了這本書。
    過去自己作網頁時,都很自以為是去作設計,玩一些網頁技術,很少深入思考網站中的每個元件是什麼,彼此的關係是什麼,什麼是使用者想要的,這本書則讓我重新認識了對於資訊分類、組織的觀念,很棒的書。

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    Hanako said on Jan 15, 2008 | Add your feedback

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