deliverables of an IA process?

12 Feb 2007 - 2:44am
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Soo Basu
2005

Hi
What are generally the deliverables of an IA process for a website?

I'll be doing a cluster analysis, then a site structure diagram.
How should I communicate to the rest of the team what the IA is?

Thanks,
Soo

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"The details are not the details. They make the design' - Charles Eames
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12 Feb 2007 - 8:36am
Todd Warfel
2003

We generally produce the following artifacts for a website (re)design:
1. Personas
2. A task analysis grid (http://toddwarfel.com/archives/the-task-
analysis-grid/)
3. Sitemap
4. Wireframes (behavior design spec)

For applications we design, we generally skip the sitemap, but still
produce the other artifacts.

On Feb 12, 2007, at 2:44 AM, Sunandini Basu wrote:

> Hi
> What are generally the deliverables of an IA process for a website?
>
> I'll be doing a cluster analysis, then a site structure diagram.
> How should I communicate to the rest of the team what the IA is?
>
> Thanks,
> Soo

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
Partner, Design & Usability Specialist
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
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12 Feb 2007 - 8:52am
James Melzer
2004

If you are doing a more metadata-centric type of IA project, you might
also deliver specs relevant for search engines, navigation structures,
and metadata tagging, such as:

- Card sorting or other user research report
- Controlled vocabularies (in either human- or machine-readable form)

I recommend both the Polar Bear book and the Whiteboard book for
further reading.
http://www.amazon.com/Information-Architecture-World-Wide-Web/dp/0596527349/
http://www.amazon.com/Communicating-Design-Developing-Documentation-Planning/dp/0321392353/

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On 2/12/07, Todd Zaki Warfel <lists at toddwarfel.com> wrote:
> We generally produce the following artifacts for a website (re)design:
> 1. Personas
> 2. A task analysis grid (http://toddwarfel.com/archives/the-task-
> analysis-grid/)
> 3. Sitemap
> 4. Wireframes (behavior design spec)
>
> For applications we design, we generally skip the sitemap, but still
> produce the other artifacts.
>
> On Feb 12, 2007, at 2:44 AM, Sunandini Basu wrote:
>
> > Hi
> > What are generally the deliverables of an IA process for a website?
> >
> > I'll be doing a cluster analysis, then a site structure diagram.
> > How should I communicate to the rest of the team what the IA is?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Soo
>
>
> Cheers!
>
> Todd Zaki Warfel
> Partner, Design & Usability Specialist
> Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
> ----------------------------------
> Contact Info
> Voice: (215) 825-7423
> Email: todd at messagefirst.com
> AIM: twarfel at mac.com
> Blog: http://toddwarfel.com
> ----------------------------------
> In theory, theory and practice are the same.
> In practice, they are not.
>
>
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12 Feb 2007 - 12:39pm
Navneet Nair
2004

On 2/11/07, Sunandini Basu <sunandinibasu at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi
> What are generally the deliverables of an IA process for a website?
>

I'm sure you've checked here:
http://iainstitute.org/tools/

BTW, Todd's task analysis tool is great...

Cheers
Navneet

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12 Feb 2007 - 12:53pm
Stewart Dean
2004

Hi,

I can tell you some examples of things I produce but it's worth bearing in mind that deliverables change depending on audience.

If the focus is on client communication then there are a lot more power point level deliverables, if you are working cloesly with the implimentation team then they are blue prints that tie into other documents, if you are 'throwing it over the hedge' then they become far more detailed and end up being a set of ingredients.

Most projects are a blend of this.

I'll focus on the middle case, of building for implimentation.

Typically there is a exploration phase where I build up a set of user requirements, preferably from face to face interviews. There will often be a holistic evaluation of an existing site (including 'as is' site map) and competitive review as well. From this come high level site maps and, increasingly important, user journeys. User journeys show the key tasks the target users have to carry out. I use these instead of personas for reason I wont' explain here.

Conceptual diagrams are used to explain the concepts behind the site and these tend to be of not fixed type, but are whatever diagram gets the concept across in the clearest form.

These diagrams aid communiation through the team and are useful to the client as well.

Once everyone is clear what the project is going to do the usual delieverables are wireframes, sitemaps and process flows (the two can be merged).

In addition a content matrix is sometimes used for heavily content fouced sites. This is an excel spread sheet showing the status of content with columns added as needed, for example to detail what related links link to or if the content is being migrated from an old site.

The bad news is there are no agreed standards on all this and most people have their own system they prefer, although most site maps and wireframes I've seen have become closer in appearance over the years.

Cheers

Stewart Dean

> Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 13:14:04 +0530> From: sunandinibasu at gmail.com> To: discuss at ixda.org> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] deliverables of an IA process?> > Hi> What are generally the deliverables of an IA process for a website?> > I'll be doing a cluster analysis, then a site structure diagram.> How should I communicate to the rest of the team what the IA is?> > Thanks,> Soo> > > > > -- > "The details are not the details. They make the design' - Charles Eames> ****************************************************************************> Sunandini Basu> Interaction Designer> ****************************************************************************> ________________________________________________________________> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org> List Guidelines ............ http://listguide.ixda.org/> List Help .................. http://listhelp.ixda.org/> (Un)Subscription Options ... http://subscription-options.ixda.org/> Announcements List ......... http://subscribe-announce.ixda.org/> Questions .................. lists at ixda.org> Home ....................... http://ixda.org/> Resource Library ........... http://resources.ixda.org

13 Feb 2007 - 7:29am
Todd Warfel
2003

Thanks Navneet. That things getting around 50 downloads a day and has
spiked my blog traffic.

You'll probably be happy to hear I'm going to be releasing an Excel
and Illustrator template people can use in the next couple of weeks.

On Feb 12, 2007, at 12:39 PM, Navneet Nair wrote:

> BTW, Todd's task analysis tool is great...
>
> Cheers
> Navneet

Cheers!

Todd Zaki Warfel
Partner, Design & Usability Specialist
Messagefirst | Designing Information. Beautifully.
----------------------------------
Contact Info
Voice: (215) 825-7423
Email: todd at messagefirst.com
AIM: twarfel at mac.com
Blog: http://toddwarfel.com
----------------------------------
In theory, theory and practice are the same.
In practice, they are not.

13 Feb 2007 - 7:44am
Soo Basu
2005

Hi All,
Thanks for all the great resources!
Cheers,
Soo

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