Randy Tsang – IA / UX Design Musings

Inspiration from the Internet

Category: Methodoloy

Bottom-up information architecture – creating wireframes from the ground up

Lately at work, I have been exploring the idea of a Bottom-Up Information Architecture methodology for web design. Traditionally, I have taken more of a Top-Down approach, whereby I begin the wireframing process with the navigation and homepage layout, before progressing down the sitemap through landing pages, individual content pages etc. Meanwhile, individual components such as registration forms, search and social media widgets would be designed as and when relevant to the page I am working on. The obvious benefits of this approach are that you can quickly get an understanding of the system in its entirety, and whole webpages can be tested early and in context.

Presenting results of user testing: Polar Plots

A friend of mine recently put me onto an article entitled “Usability in space science instrumentation” written by Alec McCalden that was recently published in Astronomy & Geophysics journal (his full paper can be read here, see page 189 for the section on displaying results). In it, McCalden applies a lot of what we know about [...]

Openness in academic research

Can a researcher maintain a public blog or wiki related to their research or does it leave them vulnerable to ideas theft? An interesting issue was raised today during one of my induction lectures about the possible dangers of disclosing too much information about your own research to other academics. When discussing your idea or [...]