Information Architecture and User Interface Design Training Course

Duration: 2 days
Course code: SS-MDL-401

Audience

This course is designed for students requiring a solid foundation in information architecture and user interface design. These roles often include

  • Requirements Analysts
  • Software Designers
  • User Interface Designers
  • Web Designers
  • Business Analysts
Prerequisites

None, but any experience with software is beneficial.

Description

Information Architecture and User Interface Design Training class is often described as a mind changing course: the students learn to think differently about users of their applications and enable them to better address their needs.  Poor user interface design discourages people from using an application. If you developed that application, its poor design affects your reputation and your company's bottom line. This course explains the information architecture and user interface design principles and techniques needed to improve your applications. Information architecture organizes information and navigation mechanisms so that users may quickly find the information they need and successfully complete their tasks. In this course, students learn the organizational, usability, and user interface design principles guiding the development of important artifacts: the site map, wireframes, and navigation flows. Students apply principles and techniques used throughout the lifecycle to develop and improve information architecture and user interface design for a sample project. This course excludes aesthetics and graphic design so that the focus remains on information structure and interaction design.

Objectives

Information Architecture and User Interface Design Training class has a primary objective of making a change in the minds of developers, UI designers and architects, with the result of making better applications for their users.

  • Define where information architecture fits within the project lifecycle
  • Understand how to structure UIs, websites, pages, and navigation flows
  • Apply information architecture and user interface design principles and techniques

Outline for Information Architecture and User Interface Design Training Course

Information Architecture and User Interface Design within the Lifecycle

  • What is information architecture?
  • Relationship to requirements roles, activities, and artifacts
  • Relationship to content roles, activities, and artifacts
  • Relationship to creative design roles, activities, and artifacts
  • Relationship to software engineering roles, activities, and artifacts

Understanding Users' Needs

  • Understanding business needs and objectives
  • Principles of user-centered design
  • Understanding users, their needs, and their tasks
  • Developing personas
  • Lab: Develop personas

Developing the Initial Website Structure

  • Finding structure from mental models
  • Lab: Card sorting technique
  • Developing the site map diagram
  • Lab: Develop initial site map
  • Typical pitfalls and how to avoid them

Designing Navigation

  • Principles for designing navigation
  • Typical pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Navigation's impact on wireframes and site map
  • Lab: Improve the navigation design

Developing Wireframes and Designing the User Interface

  • What are wireframes?
  • Principles for developing wireframes
  • How to develop wireframes
  • Selecting the right widgets or controls
  • Applying usability principles
  • Typical pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • Lab: Develop wireframes
  • Usability tips and reminders

Evolving Information Architecture and User Interface Design During the Project

  • Expect and respond to change from multiple sources
  • Options for developing prototypes and documenting design decisions
  • Quick usability testing for wireframes
  • Lab: Conduct heuristic review

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