Information Architecture Research
Research in Context
Before we dig into the research itself, it’s worth considering the myriad inputs that shape design. They include:
- Goals and Scope. The stated project goals and scope which may be conveyed in an RFP or as functional specifications.
- Constraints. The budget, schedule, project team, and technology infrastructure.
- Discovery. Project-specific research to learn about your unique blend of users, content, and context.
- Competitive Analysis. Reviewing what everyone else is doing and borrowing from the best.
- Expertise and Experience. What you already know, including explicit and tacit knowledge.
- Guidelines. Published heuristics and guidelines derived from research and/or practice.
- Published Research. Results of academic or corporate research in human-computer interaction, library and information science, cognitive psychology, etc.
- Usability Testing. Iterative project-specific testing of prior designs and new prototypes.