Creating a sitemap was a lot easier for me than creating the flowchart for the animal shelter website I am redesigning. The sitemap showed the divisions in the structure of pages that was straightforward. The flowchart on the other hand, should have represented what choices users could make to navigate the website. This was really complicated for me, because of the vast amount of paths a user could take. I thought it would make more sense to create multiple flowcharts based on different personas. Trying to map out all options on the websites and their final destinations proved to be really difficult, especially in arranging the shapes on the flowchart. I predict that flowcharts might be less useful to show to clients when they represent too many complicated paths. From the sitemap itself, it’s easy to look at the map and see where different paths can be taken. I think with the use of global navigation, fat footers, and alternate navigation, there are hundreds of different ways different content can be accessed, and plenty of decision points. Showing that diversity concisely is a challenge, and can be a mess!
Going with the Flowchart
30 Mar This entry was written by thschone and published on March 30, 2015 at 1:45 pm. It’s filed under Uncategorized.