Donna Spencer – Information seeking behaviours

Web Directions South 2009, Sydney Convention Centre, October 8 2.40pm.

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Session description

When people use websites and intranets they are doing more than just ‘finding’ information. They may be looking for something they know about or exploring something brand new; filtering through large volumes then comparing results; getting an overview of a topic or diving deep. They may even think they want to find one thing, but actually need something entirely different.

Each of these information behaviours needs very different approaches to information architecture, information design and page layout. During this presentation, Donna will talk about each information behaviour, its key attributes, key design needs, and show good and bad examples of each.

About Donna Spencer

Donna Spencer PortraitDonna’s a freelance information architect, interaction designer and writer. That’s a fancy way of saying she plans how to present the things you see on your computer screen, so that they’re easy to understand, engaging and compelling. Things like the navigation, forms, categories and words on intranets, websites, web applications and business systems.

She’s been doing this professionally since 2002, and she’s a regular speaker at Australian and international events.

Follow Donna on Twitter: @maadonna

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