Since returning from the Usabilty Week conference, I’ve been working on information architecture (IA) and navigation design for our site(s). One of the early steps in the navigation design process is to do a sitemap of your current site(s). The sitemap we are interested in is not an inventory of all the content on the site, but rather a mapping of how the current navigation lays out. Creating a sitemap of all content is important (for a number of reasons), but for our purposes all you really need is a high-level look at how the navigation works on a site.
Before we get fully involved in creating any new navigation, we need to do a few things. The next steps include interviewing people who use the interface(s), creating scenarios and personas. We will also need to do some task flow analysis, create some tasks for users to test and then create a draft navigation scheme. Then we can test the new navigation (with wireframes) and iterate a couple of times before we settle on a final navigation scheme.
Below are the sitemaps for www.uci.edu and today.uci.edu. Comment are welcome.