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(This is the topic I will be speaking about at the Computers in Libraries 2007 conference on Monday, April 16th.)

Information design for the Web has changed.

People are changing the way that they consume online information, as well as their expectations about its delivery. The social nature of the Web brings with it an expectation of interaction with information and modern Web design is reflecting that. There are now alternate forms of navigation including the ability to browse by user, tag clouds, tabbed navigation etc. Advances in technology along with these shifts in user expectations are affecting the way that information is laid out on a webpage. Today’s websites are aiming for intuitive and usable interfaces which are continuously evolving in response to user needs. Website designers are approaching information design differently and designing simple, interactive websites which incorporate advancements in Web interface design, current Web philosophies, and user needs. Information design for the New Web is simple, it is social, and it embraces alternate forms of navigation.

Read the whole article on my blog here.

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Comment by JimmyDCPL on July 2, 2007 at 9:46am
Hey, thanks for adding me. I remember your talk at CiL... I was sitting on the floor in the front of the packed room! Your presentation was one of the best on that first day. It was one of the only presentations that actually addressed things from a design/user interface perspective. I was wondering though: how much does the "simplicity" thing applies to libraries? It would be hard to design a library site that had as little on its front page as Google!
Comment by Terry Dawson on May 11, 2007 at 10:52am
Love the article and am going to use it in a web planning meeting today! Lots of stuff to think about & discuss... I'm adding Info Tangle to my blogroll.
Comment by Taneya on April 9, 2007 at 9:40pm
Wonderful entry! I concur in that this is an excellent summary of how to describe the direction today's websites are moving toward.
Comment by Caroline Brown on April 3, 2007 at 11:09am
I'm planning on attending your talk at CIL, too. This entry is one of the more succinct descriptions of what's distinguishing appealing websites right now.
Comment by Ellen Druda on April 3, 2007 at 7:14am
Excellent article! I plan on attending your presentation at CIL.

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