Class Outline


Thinking about design, Screen and Architecture

Screen designs

Types of Architecture

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Administration


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Discussion Worksheet

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Topic Outline Worksheet

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Audience Questions


Where am I?

Identification, Titling, Logo

What's here for me?

Content

Where can I go?

Navigation, Mental Model

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Simple Screen Layout



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Frame Layout



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Complex Layout



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Architecture


Two types of architecture

Model: The way you encourage your user to think about the site

Structure: The way you technically organize it

Mental Models

Why have a model?

Help your user anticipate where to find stuff

Manage expectations

Good Models

Consistent and Simple

Appropriate to Content

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Hierarchical


Home Page and Branches

Suitable for information sites


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Linear


Home Page and Sequence

Suitable for tutorials


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Axial


Home Page, Sequence and Arms

Hybrid suitable for mixed uses


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Important Features


Home Page

Information Types

Related Content and Digressions

Sidebars

Ads

Link Types and Navigation

Next and Previous

Links Outside

Landmark Pages

Chapter Landmarks

Site Map

Credits - About

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Created by Geoffrey Rockwell, September, 2003