Product Information Architecture

Part 1:

  1. What basic information does a typical user need to have access to on first interaction with your product?
    Need to be directed to the website to set up their account, and need instructions on how to link their barcode scanner to their account.
  2. What IA Design Principles (Dan Brown) are important for your product?
    Principle of Choice: The user only needs to to interact with their account preferences and the barcode scanner, all other tasks are done for them to make the process convenient for the customer.
    Principle of Front Doors: Since the website is primarily for account preferences, a random person navigating to any part of the website won't be discouraged as the site is simple and will instruct the user to order the barcode scanner to continue.
    Principle of Growth: The system can easily grow with increased users as the bulk of the product boils down to a database interacting with a delivery API. This type of system is dynamic to growth.
  3. Which structural Organizational Principle(s) make(s) the most the sense for your product?
    Topical: Seeing as a bulk of the website is to configure account preferences and information, this will all be under the account settings page for the user.
    Chronological: The website will also display previous orders and the current cart in the order that they occured.

Part 2:

  1. #4: Fonts Organize Design
    Another way the user will easily differentiate between the previous orders and the current cart is through fonts. These subsections on the homepage will be headed by a large title corresponding to the section, which will allow the user to quickly identify what data they are looking at.
  2. #6: Proximity Suggests Relationships
    The data corresponding to the previous orders will be grouped together, while the data corresponding to the current cart will be grouped together. This will futher differentiate and classify the two sets of data for the user to quickly identify.
  3. #8: Alignment Directs Eyes
    For the homepage, the current cart and previous orders will be front and center, while the account settings will be at the top and off to the side. This will dictate where the user's eyes will natural navigate to make browsing efficient.