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Sitemaps, Storyboards, and Specifications



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Sitemaps Storyboards and Specifications A Sketch of Web Site Design Practice as Manifested Through Artifacts Mark W Newman and James A Landay Group for User Interface Research Computer Science Division University of California Berkeley Berkeley CA 94720 1776 USA 1 510 643 3043 newman landay cs berkeley edu ABSTRACT Through a study of web site design practice we observed that web site designers employ multiple representations of web sites as they progress through the design process and that these representations allow them to focus on different aspects of the design Designers also employ multiple tools during the course of a design project including graphic design web development presentation and word processing software as well as pen and paper Sketching on paper is especially important during the design exploration phase of a design project when designers wish to explore many design possibilities quickly without focusing on lowlevel details Web site design tools intended to support the early phases of the design process should employ informal interaction techniques and should integrate well with other applications that designers use regularly Keywords Ethnography Interaction Design Web Site Design Information Architecture User Interface Design Work Analysis User Studies Informal Interfaces INTRODUCTION We undertook a study to identify current practices in the field of web design The goal of this study was to illuminate issues that will guide the design of informal tools for supporting web site design By informal we mean tools whose user interfaces are designed to support natural ambiguous forms of human computer interaction 11 Examples of interaction modes that informal interfaces support include speaking writing gesturing and sketching We are interested in the exploration of informal interfaces in general and in our research group we have developed informal applications to support graphical user interface design 15 and group note taking 5 14 We know that designers



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