FREE COURSE • CURRICULUM CONTENT • SKILL BUILDING
Sitemaps, card sorting, user flows, and red routes. In 5 days, learn what information architecture is and how to incorporate it into your daily work, with content and resources used in our live curriculum.
With information directly from Springboard's UI/UX Design Career Track curriculum, we created this approachable 5-day course to make UX information architecture accessible to everyone.
1. Intro to Information Architecture : Explore foundational topics in IA: what it is, how it's different from navigation, and how taxonomies/ metadata make user's lives easier.
2. Card Sorting and Navigation : Explore what card sorting is, and how it's an essential tool for establishing context within your product.
3. Sitemaps : A primer on site maps, how they are different from user flows, how to reverse engineer any site to create it's requisite sitemap.
4. User Flows : Short introduction to user flows and the visual vocabulary you'll need to make a successful one.
5. Introducing an Exercise : After covering a few bonus topics (like red routes), we'll introduce an exercise to round out your new understanding of information architecture.
The course is available to anyone interested in learning a foundational user experience design skill. While welcoming to beginners, it may help to affiliate yourself with the subject first. Our blog post, Information Architecture: Why It Should Matter to You, is a great place to start.
While information architecture is an essential skill for all UI/UX designers, learning IA alone will not get you job ready. If you’ve validated your interest in pursuing a design career, see if mentorship through our Intro to Design course is right for you.
Yes! Even though material is pulled from our UI/UX Design Career Track, this course was designed for the curious and driven beginner. The first lesson explains what information architecture is, with subsequent lessons breaking down tools and terms within the discipline.
Many students discover that information architecture is intuitive and easy to understanding, but can be difficult to apply. Every project has nuances with end users who think in different ways. While this course teaches information architecture fundamentals, it’s important to get feedback from your ideal user along the way.