Web Navigation and Faceted Search Design: A Full Day Workshop // DESIGN 772
James Kalbach, User Experience Consultant, LexisNexis
Saturday, October 22nd from 9:00 - 5:00 pm
The web has changed dramatically in the last decade. The notion of Web 2.0 brings with it user-generated content, communities, and broader participation. And new technologies such as Ajax and Flex point to a more interactive web. But amidst this change the basic problems of creating good web navigation and search systems remain.
This full-day workshop offers a fresh look at a fundamental topic in creating websites: navigation design. There will be a particular focus on faceted search–an increasingly popular way to improve the findability of information on many sites. The topics and methods covered come to life through many practical examples and hands-on exercises. Participants should have some experience creating or maintaining websites and are looking to deepen their design skills.
This workshop is intended for:
After this class you'll be able to:
1) Principles of navigation – We’ll look at principles such as transitional volatility, banner blindness, and the scent of information.
2) Mechanisms and types of navigation - Mechanisms are the basic building blocks of navigation systems. We’ll review and analyze a wealth of examples.
3) Cores and Paths – You’ll apply many of the principles from throughout the day with a modern technique called Cores and Paths. This turns the normal approach to navigation design on its head—from the inside out.
4) Analysis and implementation of facets – You’ll learn how to identify, document and implement facets with a clear framework.
5) Interface design using facets – You’ll learn about the layout, display, and interaction with facets in detail. Together, we’ll examine numerous real-world examples.
6) Advanced topics – You will also be exposed to special topics in faceted search design, including SEO, selecting multiple values, grouping, and more.
Feedback from participants in prior workshops with James Kalbach:
“James delivers a range of highly valuable and relevant strategies in his workshops in a clear, friendly and engaging manner. You’ll walk away feeling motivated and inspired to put them into use.” - Steven Briffa, Macquarie University, Australia (Apr 2011)
“James very effectively surfaced the key design challenges in a lively, engaging, coherent style.” – Tony Russell-Rose, Manager of UX at Endeca (Feb 2011)
“If you are interested to know more about designing web navigation and information architecture, James’ workshops are definitely the right answer. They are practical and clear.” – Serenella Bardeggia, Information Architect (Feb 2011)
“James demonstrates excitement for his profession and, with this, opens new perspectives for work in web design. The methods presented are practical and immediately usable. My participation in the workshops was really worth it.“ – Jürgen Mirbach, Partner, ICOM GmbH (2009)
“The content was well prepared and very practical through the numerous examples. I liked the inclusion of references to read later. A valuable seminar overall.“ – Professor Dr. Uwe Klug, Technical College of Westphalia, Germany (2009)
Note: coffee and tea will be availbale upon registration, and lunch will be provided. We will also have 2 coffee breaks during each workshop, with snacks served.
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