Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Using CSS in Faceted Classifications

So here's an interesting thing one could do with CSS. Considering that CSS allows for inheritance of properties, one could create a list of items with varying properties and categorize those using different attributes including color, spacing, bold, etc. text elements. CSS and a faceted classification scheme go hand in hand.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Take Homes on Wireframes

We've been discussing hi-fi versus low and medium-fidelity wireframes.

Fidelity refers to the "realness" of the presentation, whether or not one includes mock-up content or "Greeking" with lorem ipsum. And in class, my group was called out for using color in our presentation. It was a matter of debate with the client. They disliked the color scheme, but when we tried to assure them that this was not the purpose of the meeting, that we were only here for the information architecture of the site and not the design, it was still distracting. So we changed it, and all went well from that point on.

p.s. We also moved our site constants to create a global nav below the header, deleted the adobe icon, and moved the calendar well above the fold.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Notes for Five Trends in Tagging by Gene Smith at the IA Summit, ‘08

These notes provide very wonderful words that should be googled, and sites that should be checked out.

1) Structure: wesabe.com uses sticky tags, uses tags as part of the resources, bubble-up type, semantic tags – ex. ia (information architecture), Zigtag.com mined Wikipedia
2) Leveraging communities: LibraryThing – user-driven vocabulary to combine or separate tags
3) Automanual Folksonomies: mixed approach at Etsy (like eBay for handmade items, unique items), LibraryThing tagmash – like set math with Union and Intersection, “semantics on top of minimal structure”
4) Pace Layers: speeds of innovation from nature level up, starts with Mr. Brand, moved into IA by Peter Morville, (faceted tags)
5) Sparking innovation: Flickr, Dan Catt, geotagging