Virtual Seminar

Galleries: The Hardest Working Pages on Your Site

August 2008 90 minutes

You’ll learn to…

  • Utilize the Scent of Information to ensure the user’s trigger words are present
  • Understand how galleries help users make confident choices
  • Identify the key elements that search result pages borrow from the average gallery (and what makes them different)
  • Use strategies for ordering links for easy findability. (Hint: Alphabetical order isn’t one of them!)
  • Know when images help and when they get in the way
  • Understand how dynamic Ajax elements can help or hinder a user finding what to click on
  • Take advantage of when users are scanning and when they are reading
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In this seminar, we take a detailed look at your site's most critical page: the gallery. Galleries are the most used navigational element on any web site and many sites have hundreds of them. And yet, they are often the most difficult pages to design well.

Acting as the crossroads for your users path to their desired content, a solid gallery page tells the user what they'll find and, just as importantly, tells them which paths will take them away from their goal. Ensuring these landmarks do their job is probably the hardest part of designing a successful website.

In this presentation, Jared will share some of UIE’s most important findings about gallery page design.

Jared will show you some of the latest design thinking from Netflix, Best Buy, Bureau of Labor Statistics, SonyEricsson, and Citibank, to name a few. This seminar is sure to give you valuable tips to use right away.

  • Utilize the Scent of Information to ensure the user’s trigger words are present

  • Understand how galleries help users make confident choices

  • Identify the key elements that search result pages borrow from the average gallery (and what makes them different)

  • Use strategies for ordering links for easy findability. (Hint: Alphabetical order isn’t one of them!)

  • Know when images help and when they get in the way

  • Understand how dynamic Ajax elements can help or hinder a user finding what to click on

  • Take advantage of when users are scanning and when they are reading