Foundations of UX: Information Architecture

with Chris Nodder
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Foundations of UX: Information Architecture
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Improving the way the information in your site or application is organized and presented is one of the most cost-effective ways of increasing user satisfaction and engagement. Information architecture can help you find out how your users think about the world, and transition those lessons to your product. In this course, Chris Nodder teaches you how to perform card sort research to get information about user interactions, analyze the results, and create a validated information architecture plan. Then translate your plan into refined menus, content classification, and page layouts. Finally, test the success of your new structure with reverse card sorting and by monitoring feedback from server logs, site searches, and help desk calls.

Topics include:
  • What is information architecture?
  • Why do research?
  • Creating and running a paper card sort
  • Recruiting test participants
  • Analyzing paper card sort results
  • Running a computer-based card sort
  • Creating abstract information architecture
  • Validating your plan with a reverse card sort
  • Translating information architecture to navigation and layout
  • Watching the server after you go live


- [Voiceover] Hello. I'm Chris Nodder. Welcome to Foundations of UX: Information Architecture. In this course, I'll be covering the steps you need to follow in order to find out how your users think about the world, and then how to turn that into the best possible navigation structure. We'll discuss how to get information from customers using card sorts and reverse sort research, how to use that research to create a great information architecture, and then, how to use that information architecture to redesign navigation menus, content classification, and page layout so that your site or application supports the way your users think about the world.

Improving the information architecture is one of the most cost effective and most often overlooked ways of increasing your users' satisfaction. This course doesn't make any assumptions about your background, although it is primarily aimed at people who work in, or who are learning about, software design and development. Creating a suitable information architecture is a major step in making a successful website or application. So with that, let's get started.

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