A Practical Guide to Information Architecture


Author: Donna Spencer
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780956174062
Category: Information technology
Page: 310
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If you're a website designer, intranet manager or someone without much Information Architecture experience, this book answers all those questions you were afraid to ask.Drawing on her many years experience of practising and teaching Information Architecture, Donna Spencer guides you through some simple steps to better IA and leaves you feeling empowered and able to run your own IA projects. Whether it's organising content, providing clear descriptions or ways for people to get to them, this book is armed with practical advice and examples.

Understanding Your Users

A Practical Guide to User Research Methods
Author: Kathy Baxter,Catherine Courage,Kelly Caine
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 0128006099
Category: Computers
Page: 568
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This new and completely updated edition is a comprehensive, easy-to-read, "how-to" guide on user research methods. You'll learn about many distinct user research methods and also pre- and post-method considerations such as recruiting, facilitating activities or moderating, negotiating with product developments teams/customers, and getting your results incorporated into the product. For each method, you'll understand how to prepare for and conduct the activity, as well as analyze and present the data - all in a practical and hands-on way. Each method presented provides different information about the users and their requirements (e.g., functional requirements, information architecture). The techniques can be used together to form a complete picture of the users' needs or they can be used separately throughout the product development lifecycle to address specific product questions. These techniques have helped product teams understand the value of user experience research by providing insight into how users behave and what they need to be successful. You will find brand new case studies from leaders in industry and academia that demonstrate each method in action. This book has something to offer whether you are new to user experience or a seasoned UX professional. After reading this book, you'll be able to choose the right user research method for your research question and conduct a user research study. Then, you will be able to apply your findings to your own products. Completely new and revised edition includes 30+% new content! Discover the foundation you need to prepare for any user research activity and ensure that the results are incorporated into your products Includes all new case studies for each method from leaders in industry and academia

A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning


Author: Anita Cassidy
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9781420048605
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 304
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Today's technological advances are directly affecting the success of business tomorrow. With recent-- and continual--improvements in technology, many organizations are finding their information systems obsolete, and are having to take a close look at their current Information Systems and answer some tough questions, including: How well are our current Information Systems applications meeting the business needs today? How well can they meet the needs of our business tomorrow? Are we obtaining true value from the investments made in Information Systems? Are we integrating the Information Systems projects that provide the most value to business? What Information Systems mission, objectives, and strategies are necessary to successfully meet the business challenges of the future? A Practical Guide to Information Systems Strategic Planning helps take the "guess work" out of evaluating current and future Information Systems, and provides the necessary tools for maximizing the investment made in new technology. This invaluable guide shows readers how to take advantage of the latest technology available in Information Systems planning, and how to develop a solid Information Systems plan that is directly linked to their business' goals. In an easy-to-follow, hands-on format, this complete reference describes a process for facilitating communication between business management and the Information Systems functions. Both Information Systems Executives and general business executives will find the information they need to develop a successful, value-added Information Systems plan. Readers will find a step-by-step approach to the process of developing an Information Systems plan that helps them gain a competitive edge well into the future.

Information Architecture

Blueprints for the Web
Author: Christina Wodtke,Austin Govella
Publisher: Pearson Education
ISBN: 9780132104258
Category: Computers
Page: 312
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Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, Second Edition introduces the core concepts of information architecture: organizing web site content so that it can be found, designing website interaction so that it's pleasant to use, and creating an interface that is easy to understand. This book helps designers, project managers, programmers, and other information architecture practitioners avoid costly mistakes by teaching the skills of information architecture swiftly and clearly.

Structural Design

A Practical Guide for Architects
Author: James R. Underwood,Michele Chiuini
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118174534
Category: Architecture
Page: 816
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Written for the practicing architect, Structural Design addresses the process on both a conceptual and a mathematical level. Most importantly, it helps architects work with structural consultants and understand all the necessary considerations when designing structural systems. Using a minimum of simple math, this book shows you how to make correct design calculations for structures made from steel, wood, concrete, and masonry. What?s more, this edition has been completely updated to reflect the latest design methods and codes, including LRFD for steel design. The book was also re-designed for easy navigation. Essential principles, as well as structural solutions, are visually reinforced with hundreds of drawings, photographs, and other illustrations--making this book truly architect-friendly.

A Practical Guide to Enterprise Architecture


Author: James McGovern
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional
ISBN: 9780131412750
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 306
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bull; Written by expert practitioners who have hands-on experience solving real-world problems for large corporations bull; Helps enterprise architects make sense of data, systems, software, services, product lines, methodologies, and much more bull; Provides explanation of theory and implementation with real-world business examples to support key points

The User is Always Right

A Practical Guide to Creating and Using Personas for the Web
Author: Steve Mulder,Ziv Yaar
Publisher: New Riders
ISBN: 9780132798280
Category: Computers
Page: 312
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How do we ensure that our Web sites actually give users what they need? What are the best ways to understand our users' goals, behaviors, and attitudes, and then turn that understanding into business results? Personas bring user research to life and make it actionable, ensuring we're making the right decisions based on the right information. This practical guide explains how to create and use personas to make your site more successful. The User Is Always Right: A Practical Guide to Creating and Using Personas takes you through each step of persona creation, including tips for conducting qualitative user research, new ways to apply quantitative research (such as surveys) to persona creation, various methods for generating persona segmentation, and proven techniques for making personas realistic. You'll also learn how to use personas effectively, from directing overall business strategy and prioritizing features and content to making detailed decisions about information architecture, content, and design.

Brick in the Landscape

A Practical Guide to Specification and Design
Author: Rob W. Sovinski
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471293583
Category: Architecture
Page: 176
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The Only Comprehensive Guide to Brick Specifically for Landscape Architects "Nothing remarkable about a brick, is there? A brick is a brick so far as most people are concerned. And it is not a very beautiful thing, is it? But what you can do with it!" –Frank Lloyd Wright Brick was one of the first manufactured building materials. Today, it continues to be one of the most popular building materials in the world, thanks to its unparalleled versatility, durability, warmth, and aesthetic richness. And nowhere are these attributes more evident than in the designed landscape. Brick in the Landscape gives you the information you need to exploit brick′s full potential in your design work. The first and only complete guide to the properties, use, selection, and installation of brick written from the landscape architect′s perspective, it is destined to become a staple in your practice. Brick in the Landscape provides full, detailed coverage of all relevant technical aspects of brick, including materials and properties, finishes and bonds, classifications and shapes. It also familiarizes you with virtually all known bricklaying and masonry methods and techniques, including numerous all–but–forgotten, yet still viable, techniques. At the same time, Brick in the Landscape is an enduring source of inspiration and ideas. Generously supplemented with more than 100 photographs illustrating various building systems as well as both common and innovative applications of brick in landscape design, it will awaken you to the nearly unlimited potential of brick to enhance your designs. Brick in the Landscape is an indispensable tool for landscape architects, landscape designers, and architects who provide site–planning services.

Residential Lighting

A Practical Guide to Beautiful and Sustainable Design
Author: Randall Whitehead
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 0470284838
Category: Architecture
Page: 304
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"Written by internationally recognized lighting consultant Randall Whitehead, this popular easy-to-read lighting design guide offers a highly visual introduction to the fundamentals for illuminating the single-family home. Emphasizing the use of "light layering" he advocates using a combination of lighting sources to create a cohesive and versatile lighting system. The book offers advice on design tools and room-by-room lighting strategies. This Second Edition includes a new chapter on how to implement the use of energy efficient lighting design, including updated information on LED lamps, CFL's and daylightng. Also included are 32 pages of color plates demonstrating professional remodels of interior and exterior rooms; including contributions from interior designers, architects, landscape designers in collaboration with well integrated lighting design".

A Practical Guide to TPM 2.0

Using the Trusted Platform Module in the New Age of Security
Author: Will Arthur,David Challener
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 1430265841
Category: Computers
Page: 392
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A Practical Guide to TPM 2.0: Using the Trusted Platform Module in the New Age of Security is a straight-forward primer for developers. It shows security and TPM concepts, demonstrating their use in real applications that the reader can try out. Simply put, this book is designed to empower and excite the programming community to go out and do cool things with the TPM. The approach is to ramp the reader up quickly and keep their interest.A Practical Guide to TPM 2.0: Using the Trusted Platform Module in the New Age of Security explains security concepts, describes the TPM 2.0 architecture, and provides code and pseudo-code examples in parallel, from very simple concepts and code to highly complex concepts and pseudo-code. The book includes instructions for the available execution environments and real code examples to get readers up and talking to the TPM quickly. The authors then help the users expand on that with pseudo-code descriptions of useful applications using the TPM.

A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion


Author: Alison Gwilt
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 2940496145
Category: Design
Page: 176
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A Practical Guide to Sustainable Fashion introduces students and professionals to the key issues associated with the life cycle of fashion products and explores a range of tools and sustainable design approaches that can be applied in the fashion studio.

Information Architecture

For the Web and Beyond
Author: Louis Rosenfeld,Peter Morville,Jorge Arango
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
ISBN: 149191355X
Category: Computers
Page: 486
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Information architecture (IA) is far more challenging—and necessary—than ever. With the glut of information available today, anything your organization wants to share should be easy to find, navigate, and understand. But the experience you provide has to be familiar and coherent across multiple interaction channels, from the Web to smartphones, smartwatches, and beyond. To guide you through this broad ecosystem, this popular guide—now in its fourth edition—provides essential concepts, methods, and techniques for digital design that have withstood the test of time. UX designers, product managers, developers, and anyone involved in digital design will learn how to create semantic structures that will help people engage with your message. This book includes: An overview of IA and the problems it solves for creating effective digital products and services A deep dive into IA components, including organization, labeling, navigation, search, and metadata Processes and methods that take you from research to strategy, design, and IA implementation

Wood in the Landscape

A Practical Guide to Specification and Design
Author: Daniel M. Winterbottom
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471294191
Category: Architecture
Page: 204
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The only comprehensive guide to wood specifically for landscape architects. Wood, with its unique warmth and richness, takes us back to the roots of our building heritage and back to the landscape. Lightweight, simple, and clean to work with, it is one of the most versatile building materials, and–thanks in part to its natural origin–one that is also especially well–suited to the designed landscape. Wood in the Landscape gives you the information you need to exploit wood′s full potential in your design work. The first comprehensive guide to the properties, use, selection, and installation of woodwritten from the landscape architect′s perspective, it is destined to become a staple in your practice. Wood in the Landscape provides full, detailed coverage of all relevant technical aspects of working with wood–including the physical properties and characteristics of wood as well as finishes, fasteners, and adhesives. It examines the construction methodologies used to build a range of common structures, from fences and decking to gazebos and bridges, and shows how to avoid common problems that can adversely affect durability – particularly important when it comes to outdoor settings. Generously supplemented with over 100 photographs and illustrations, Wood in the Landscape is a terrific source of ideas that will inspire you to explore the many exciting possibilities for using wood to enhance your landscape designs. Wood in the Landscape is an invaluable resource for landscape architects, landscape designers, and architects who provide site–planning services.

Executing SOA

A Practical Guide for the Service-Oriented Architect
Author: Norbert Bieberstein,Robert Laird,Keith Jones,Tilak Mitra
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
ISBN: 9780132704281
Category: Computers
Page: 240
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The Expert, Practical Guide to Succeeding with SOA in the Enterprise In Executing SOA, four experienced SOA implementers share realistic, proven, “from-the-trenches” guidance for successfully delivering on even the largest and most complex SOA initiative. This book follows up where the authors’ best-selling Service-Oriented Architecture Compass left off, showing how to overcome key obstacles to successful SOA implementation and identifying best practices for all facets of execution—technical, organizational, and human. Among the issues it addresses: introducing a services discipline that supports collaboration and information process sharing; integrating services with preexisting technology assets and strategies; choosing the right roles for new tools; shifting culture, governance, and architecture; and bringing greater agility to the entire organizational lifecycle, not just isolated projects. Executing SOA is an indispensable resource for every enterprise architect, technical manager, and IT leader tasked with driving value from SOA in complex environments. Coverage includes · Implementing SOA governance that reflects the organization’s strategic and business focus · Running SOA projects successfully: practical guidelines and proven methodologies around service modeling and design · Leveraging reusable assets: making the most of your SOA repository · Enabling the architect to choose the correct tools and products containing the features required to execute on the SOA method for service design and implementation · Defining information services to get the right information to the right people at the right time · Integrating SOA with Web 2.0 and other innovative products and solutions · Providing highly usable human interfaces in SOA environments

Container Atlas

A Practical Guide to Container Architecture
Author: Han Slawik,J. Bergmann,M. Buchmeier,Sonja Tinney
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783899556698
Category:
Page: 288
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A reinvigoration of an architectural classic. Added projects provide insight into the ever-developing world of container architecture. An expanded reprint of a beloved tome, this book presents a wide range of projects in container architecture a contemporary architectural phenomenon. In addition to previously released projects, nearly twenty new examples await to inspire and to engage. Container Atlas features container structures used as pop-up stores and temporary exhibits as well as sophisticated housing and office spaces that provoke and inspire while setting new standards in functionality and aesthetics. But the book is not only visually inspiring. Because it documents plans, describes associated costs, and suggests concrete solutions for common problems, it is a practical reference for architects, planners, and cultural activists as well as event and marketing managers, to guide them in deciding what types of containers are best suited to their upcoming projects."

Large-Scale Software Architecture

A Practical Guide using UML
Author: Jeff Garland,Richard Anthony
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470856386
Category: Computers
Page: 278
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The purpose of large-scale software architecture is to capture and describe practical representations to make development teams more effective. In this book the authors show how to utilise software architecture as a tool to guide the development instead of capturing the architectural details after all the design decisions have been made. * Offers a concise description of UML usage for large-scale architecture * Discusses software architecture and design principles * Technology and vendor independent

Distinctive Design

A Practical Guide to a Useful, Beautiful Web
Author: Alexander Dawson
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781119993063
Category: Computers
Page: 352
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Learn to produce a web site that stands out from the crowd One of the web designer's greatest challenges is to create a site distinctive enough to get noticed among the millions of sites already on the web. This book examines the bond between code, content and visuals to guide you through the factors that increase your design's visibility, usability and beauty. Using this practical advice, even web designers who lack strong artistic skills can develop super sites that strengthen the message and stand out from the crowd. Most books focus primarily on graphic design principles; this one shows you how to maximize and prioritize every design decision to help your site achieve its primary purpose: showcasing your content and services Explores the bond between code, content and visuals to guide you through the factors that increase your design's visibility, usability and beauty Enables even artistically challenged web designers to create elegant, functional layouts that attract visitors and are user-friendly Every web designer can benefit from this practical advice on creating an informative, attractive, easy-to-use site that gets noticed.

Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture


Author: Ruven Gotz
Publisher: Apress
ISBN: 1430241764
Category: Computers
Page: 268
View: 1994

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Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture is a guide and tool set for planning and documenting the scope, navigational taxonomy, document taxonomy, metadata, page layouts and workflows for a successful SharePoint 2010 project. If you have been tasked with delivering an intranet for collaboration, document management or as a corporate portal, your only chance for success is to get all of these elements right, and then to make sure that you and your stakeholders are all on the same page. SharePoint 2010 can be dangerous to your career: Expectations are often set very high, and not enough time is invested in understanding how those expectations can be met. Many SharePoint 2010 projects fail to meet their initial goals. Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture arms you with proven tools that will help you to ensure that there is an agreement on the goals and scope, and how to then efficiently design your taxonomies. With author Ruven Gotz' work (with contributions from Michal Pisarek and Sarah Haase) at your side, You will learn how to educate your users on what metadata is and why it is important so you can build SharePoint 2010 solutions that exceed the expectations of your users. This book: Gives you practical approaches that have been proven in the field Explains how to use visual mind mapping tools and diagramming tools that provide clarity to all stakeholders Gives you techniques on how to teach and motivate your users for adoption and success What you’ll learn Understand metadata and how to explain it to your stakeholders Plan and run requirements gathering workshops Apply mind mapping techniques for designing navigation Run taxonomy workshops that result in practical information architecture Map process workflows and practical approaches for real-world implementation Build practical and lightweight governance and adoption plans Who this book is for Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture is not just for people whose job title is information architect. It is also for business analysts, project managers, IT managers, or business managers who have been tasked with delivering a SharePoint 2010 solution. Taking the lead on a SharePoint 2010 project can be very difficult because it is such a large platform, and there is so much conflicting information available. This book is for people who need a guide that has an end-to-end approach that will carry them through the entire planning and design process. Table of Contents Preparing for Successful Outcomes Introduction to Mind Mapping The Magic of Metadata Site Navigation and Structure Wireframing for SharePoint Complexity, Wickedness and Dialogue Mapping Business Process Mapping The Art of Creating Business Process Solutions Success with Search Governance, Adoption and Training Building Environments for Testing/Prototyping in the Cloud Conclusion

A Practical Guide to SysML

The Systems Modeling Language
Author: Sanford Friedenthal,Alan Moore,Rick Steiner
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN: 0128008008
Category: Computers
Page: 630
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A Practical Guide to SysML, Third Edition, fully updated for SysML version 1.4, provides a comprehensive and practical guide for modeling systems with SysML. With their unique perspective as leading contributors to the language, Friedenthal, Moore, and Steiner provide a full description of the language along with a quick reference guide and practical examples to help you use SysML. The book begins with guidance on the most commonly used features to help you get started quickly. Part 1 explains the benefits of a model-based approach, providing an overview of the language and how to apply SysML to model systems. Part 2 includes a comprehensive description of SysML that provides a detailed understanding that can serve as a foundation for modeling with SysML, and as a reference for practitioners. Part 3 includes methods for applying model-based systems engineering using SysML to specify and design systems, and how these methods can help manage complexity. Part 4 deals with topics related to transitioning MBSE practice into your organization, including integration of the system model with other engineering models, and strategies for adoption of MBSE. Learn how and why to deploy MBSE in your organization with an introduction to systems and model-based systems engineering Use SysML to describe systems with this general overview and a detailed description of the Systems Modeling Language Review practical examples of MBSE methodologies to understand their application to specifying and designing a system Includes comprehensive modeling notation tables as an appendix that can be used as a standalone reference