I used card sorting techniques to help with the information architecture for the new website.
Writing down each section and element that needs to be required in the project, and then sorting them will really help with organising navigation and arranging the elements priority within the page and the website itself. The following image shows the card sorting I completed myself.
I then used Optimal Sort to allow others to arrange the cards how they see fit. This will give me a different perspective on the matter, and see how other people naturally categorise elements. The following is an image of my online card arrangement.
I created the following MindMap from all the information I’ve gathered over the last few months, which includes a brief design of the navigation and labels.
I then finished my Site Map, which is a more organised version of the MindMap above. It shows the way I intend to organise the new website (download to view).
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