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Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications

If anything about current interaction design can be called 'glamorous,' it’s creating Web applications. After all, when was the last time you heard someone rave about the interaction design of a product that wasn’t on the Web? (Okay, besides the iPod.) All the cool, innovative new projects are online.

Garrett, Jesse James. Adaptive Path (2005). Design>Web Design>Server Side Includes>Ajax


The Elements of User Experience   (PDF)

The Web was originally conceived as a hypertextual information space; but the development of increasingly sophisticated front- and back-end technologies has fostered its use as a remote software interface.

Garrett, Jesse James. JJG.net (2002). Articles>Information Design>User Experience>Web Design



There is a discipline, known as information architecture; and there is a role, known as the information architect. They have developed more or less hand in hand, and up to now any discussion of one has involved discussion of the other. But now that may have to change.

Garrett, Jesse James. JJG.net (2002). Articles>Information Design


The Information Architecture of Everyday Things   (PowerPoint)

Information architecture is as old as human communication. Where there's information, there's architecture.

Garrett, Jesse James. JJG.net (2002). Presentations>Information Design


Information Architecture Resources

A collection of online resources in information design and information architecture.

Garrett, Jesse James. JJG.net (2002). Resources>Information Design


The Nine Pillars of Successful Web Teams

Every Web team has its own take on dividing up roles and responsibilities and implementing processes for design and development. Formal titles, job descriptions, and reporting structures can vary widely. But the best teams I’ve encountered have one important thing in common: their team structure and processes cover a full range of distinct competencies necessary for success.

Garrett, Jesse James. Adaptive Path (2003). Design>Collaboration>Web Design


The Psychology of Navigation

Explores the psychology behind how users make navigational choices as they navigate through 'information spaces' and how information architects can use this information when crafting the navigational experience.

Garrett, Jesse James. Digital Web Magazine (2002). Design>Web Design>Information Design>Cognitive Psychology


Six Design Lessons From the Apple Store

There's a lot about the Apple Store experience that we can apply to the design of many other kinds of products.

Garrett, Jesse James. Adaptive Path (2004). Design>User Centered Design


Slate: Calculated Refinement or Simple Inertia

From an information architecture perspective, a daily web publication presents challenges and possibilities no newspaper editor ever had to face. As one of the longest-running daily publications on the web, Slate has dealt with these issues for years.

Garrett, Jesse James. Boxes and Arrows (2002). Design>Web Design>Usability


User-Centered URL Design

Consider the humble URL. In a few short years it's become so ubiquitous as to be rendered invisible. It's hard to imagine a world without it, and it's hard to remember that there was once a time when not having a uniform means of locating resources was considered a fundamental stumbling block to the deployment of any large-scale hypertext system — never mind a world-wide one. But despite the universality of URLs, we often forget that they're not just a handy way to address network resources. They're also valuable communication tools. They help orient users in your architecture, and can suggest whether other options are available.

Garrett, Jesse James. Adaptive Path (2002). Design>Web Design>Usability


A Visual Vocabulary for Describing Information Architecture and Interaction Design

Diagrams are an essential tool for communicating information architecture and interaction design in Web development teams. This document discusses the considerations in development of such diagrams, outlines a basic symbology for diagramming information architecture and interaction design concepts, and provides guidelines for the use of these elements.

Garrett, Jesse James. JJG.net (2002). Design>Web Design>Project Management>Technical Illustration


What an Information Architect Does   (PDF)

Indicates the number of companies (out of 19 surveyed) that included specific requirements in their job descriptions for information architects.

Garrett, Jesse James. JJG.net (2004). Careers>Information Design


Yahoo! Mail: Simplicity Holds Up Over Time

In many respects, email is the ideal web application: it's an application that people often need access to when they’re away from their 'home' environment, and the core user tasks (reading and writing) are easily accommodated with standard HTML interface elements.

Garrett, Jesse James. Boxes and Arrows (2002). Design>Web Design>User Interface>User Centered Design




Garrett, Jesse James. AIfIA (2002). (Japanese) Design>Information Design>Web Design

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