We started off with a lecture on Information Architecture. We were given insights as to what exactly is the job of an Information Architect and how much of it intersects with the domain of Interface Design. All the relational and UML diagrams shown in the class were not new to me as I have been familiar with them in my software engineering undergrad. Thus it was easy for me to get the grip of what was being explained in class under this topic.
Next Nik showed us different examples of sitemaps, which ranged from too cluttered, complex and unorganized to simpler and more efficient ones. I got introduced to Wurmann’s 5 hat racks of Information organization and Lynch & Hortons Site Paradigms. They proved really helpful to understand how to plan the navigation of your site so that it is both optimal and fits the need of the product as well.
By the end of the lecture I had a sound understanding of what is expected of an Interface Designer in terms of Information Architecture and what are the things I need to keep in consideration while making my designs.