SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: Virtual Architecture
Re: SIGIA-L: Virtual Architecture
From: Peter Merholz (peterme_at_peterme.com)
Date: Sat Apr 22 2000 - 12:46:49 EDT
> > If the signage on the directory is clear and informative, we
> > can find which floor / suite the office we are looking for is in. We
> > all agree on certain architectural conventions, such as the up and down
> > indicators on an elevator.
> You just described signage conventions, not architectural conventions.
> Architecture is the building of the building, not the drawing of the
> map. They're related, certainly, but they're not the same.
To be even more nitpicky, those are wayfinding conventions.
The Web analog of wayfinding is, to state the obvious, 'navigation', usually
some type of visual landmark on the top of the page, and a list of available
paths either across the top or down the left side.
And to nitpick further--architecture is not the building of the building.
Architecture is the planning. The specifying. The drawing up of blueprints.
Architects don't build things. Contractors do.
Here, an architecture analogy holds. I don't build web sites. I specify
their structure and how they should function and then hand that off to a
contractor to make it real.
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