Design of Large Scale Websites
Interface Design for Interactive Media
As the chief designer of the World Bank's intranet of 300,000 pages and
then as Chief Information Architect at the World Bank sponsored Global
Development Gateway -- an economic development portal of tens of thousands
of articles -- I have extensive experience in the practical challenges
of organizing huge information spaces. In corporations, the design of
intranets and knowledge management systems requires close collaboration
with sector specialists, librarians and IT staff, all professionals whom
I have worked with extensively. I have been teaching the practice of information
architecture to UCSD students for over 9 years.
Screenshots of World Bank Intranet,
Link to Global Development
Design of Large Scale
Once an information architecture has been developed it is vital that the
navigation system and visual design of a site support the architecture
effectively. In work at the World Bank, Global Development Gateway, Inter
America Development Bank, and in my own extensive elearning courses, I
have designed and supervised the creation of very large scale websites
with powerful navigation systems.
Screenshots of World Bank Intranet
Elearning is about providing interactive exercises and learning content
in places on a website where students will use them. There is often an
attitude in elearning that if you build it they will come. After many
years of delivering courses online both synchronously and asynchronously
I now doubt that stundents will properly explore the content on a website.
A textbook or collection of articles is better for many purposes. On the
other hand, if content is arranged in a more just in time fashion, where
key resourses are hanging off of mandatory exercises or there are interactive
exercises which students are required to do during class, then we can
increase both student satisfaction and the amount of content read.
My approach to elearning is to coordinate web based activity and exercises
to ensure higher learning performance. This applies as much to corporate
learning requirements as to academic.
Links to Cogsci
Included in the meany websites I have designed or managed are ecommerce
sites where design has been oriented to optimizing search engine discovery,
visual design is oriented to keeping consumers on site and workflow focuses
on making consumer tasks easy.
Screenshots of example Ecommerce site built
Interface Design for Interactive
Practical design of interactive media, including personal video recorder,
remote controls, and other processor based devices that interface with
substantial information resources.