Findability and Web Design: Users Aren’t Visiting Your Site to Play Hide and Seek
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Findability is one of the 7 factors that influence user experience. When a piece of information is findable, it means it is easy to locate or identify.
When dealing with digital products and high information content, findability is the ease of locating wanted information within the particular platform or interface.
Print design greatly values and depends upon findability. For example, in books, each chapter is clearly noted and delineated. Textbooks contain subsections. Newspapers are organized by topic. A particular design system is put in place and repeated, driving information into distinctly marked sections to ease the reader’s understanding.
Without such parameters, the information would just be one big pile of seemingly never-ending words and the user experience would be far from pleasant.
Here’s the entire UX literature on Findability by the Interaction Design Foundation, collated in one place:
Take a deep dive into Findability with our course Information Visualization .
Information visualization skills are in high demand, partly thanks to the rise in big data. Tech research giant Gartner Inc. observed that digital transformation has put data at the center of every organization. With the ever-increasing amount of information being gathered and analyzed, there’s an increasing need to present data in meaningful and understandable ways.
In fact, even if you are not involved in big data, information visualization will be able to help in your work processes as a designer. This is because many design processes—including conducting user interviews and analyzing user flows and sales funnels—involve the collation and presentation of information. Information visualization turns raw data into meaningful patterns, which will help you find actionable insights. From designing meaningful interfaces, to processing your own UX research, information visualization is an indispensable tool in your UX design kit.
This course is presented by Alan Dix, a former professor at Lancaster University in the UK. A world-renowned authority in the field of human-computer interaction, Alan is the author of the university-level textbook Human-Computer Interaction. “Information Visualization” is full of simple but practical lessons to guide your development in information visualization. We start with the basics of what information visualization is, including its history and necessity, and then walk you through the initial steps in creating your own information visualizations. While there’s plenty of theory here, we’ve got plenty of practice for you, too.