I learnt about different structures of site map and its use for various purposes. Site map is similar to flow chat but we can use it to organise the navigation of each information, such as where does the link fall into, is it a link from a submenu, how many steps/clicks user need to find this information.
For example, a straight linear structure is more suitable for installation, where it takes one step at a time to lead user to complete the process.
[a] -> [b] -> [c] -> [d]
I learnt about what structure is too shallow or too deep. If we have all links under homepage, then it is too shallow. If we need user to go through 5 pages to find the information then probably too deep. User could not remember or presented with 4+ information at the same time, and it used to be 7+.
I also find out that it is very important to understand the eye tracking psychology. Eyetracking evaluate how user see a interface design, such as where they look at or what area they would skip. For example, the advertisements always on the right, so we might ignore the right session of content pages unconsciously as to avoid advertisement. The usual eye tracking pattern is ‘F’.
I also pick up the card sort methods. There are two types, one is close card sort and another is open card sort. Close card sort is about someone provide you with all the title for each content page, and you just need to arrange it. Open card sort give you flexibility of what and how you want to group the information together by put into different title that you think of. The one we did in class was close card sort method, where Nik provided all the titles for us.