(Information Architecture = Cascading StyleSheets)

You can view CSS as merely a way of applying a “coat of paint” to the UI, but that misses the point, because…

Architecture and Styling are linked

… at least in our minds. Thus, our understanding and description of information are often based on

Content Integration through Context Management

Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity.    — William of Occam

 

Intelligent Design

Content Integration

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) is the “semantic tagging” tool by which we identify Information Architecture.

  • it gives meaning to design elements
  • allowing for “self awareness”, automation and sharing

IA (Information Architecture)  gives weight and credibility to Cascading Stylesheets.

 

Context Management

CSS is the “presentational styling” tool by which we engineer a CSS StyleGuide.

  • it is a flexible presentation platform
  • allows for easy personalization and a customized view

Cascading Style Sheets give expression and traction to Information Architecture.

UxP is the infrastructure of information at the point of presentation

What factors influence a Style Guide?

  1. What is the intended purpose of the app/site?
  2. Who is the user?
  3. What is their agenda?

There are many more questions-to-ask, but try those 3, for starters.

Responsive” is a reasonable bottom-line expectation for any interactive app these days. That said, Response Ability is more than just layout or UI. I believe that it can&should influence context, styling, content, and behavior. A truly responsive site is more than just Mobile.

Have the Conversation, do Discovery, and focus on user-centricity. There are plenty of good tools. The right ones will emerge.

Aside:

  • “Mobile first’ is a popular solution that will often work, but it may not address your particular challenge.
  • I love WordPress and use it myself. If your client is looking for a custom ‘heavy lifting’ workflow-driven application, it may not be the superior platform.

 

 

 

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