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Topic: Scent of Information

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Jared Spool

The Secret Lives of Links

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Jared Spool

What You’ll Learn

  • Why too many of the wrong links can hurt a page
  • How the Scent of Information and Trigger Words play a critical roll in successful site design
  • What your users are trying to tell you about your design every time your users hit the back button
November 4, 2012
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Jared Spool

Galleries: The Hardest Working Pages on Your Site

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Jared Spool

What You’ll Learn

  • 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
August 7, 2008