SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: blueprints
Re: SIGIA-L: blueprints
From: Andrew Hinton (ahinton_at_symetri.com)
Date: Thu Oct 12 2000 - 15:09:40 EDT
Yes. I agree.
I use a Visio-like tool called Concept Draw. I use a Mac, so Visio wasn't an
It's still quite powerful, but not any better than Visio in doing
Blueprints for us are a collection of iterations that move from a very
abstract content model through a kind of "experience flow" and later to
wireframes/prototypes and flowcharts.
There's a great article about all this that goes into how different types of
blueprinting and modeling are important to give a whole understanding of
what's being described. It's literally about software development, but a lot
of the ideas apply nicely. It's found at:
Here's an excerpt:
"... We all have seen many books and articles in which a single diagram
attempts to capture the gist of a system architecture. But when you look
carefully at the diagram's boxes and arrows, it becomes clear that the
authors are struggling to represent more in one diagram than is practical.
Do the boxes represent running programs? Chunks of source code? Physical
computers? Or merely logical groupings of functionality? Do the arrows
represent compilation dependencies? Control flows? Dataflows? Usually the
answer is that they represent a bit of everything.
Does an architecture need a single architectural style? Sometimes the
software architecture suffers from system designers who go too far,
prematurely partitioning the software or overemphasizing one aspect of
development (like data engineering or run-time efficiency), development
strategy, or team organization. Other software architectures fail to address
the concerns of all "customers." ..."
Here's what Andrés Sulleiro at andres_at_iconmedialab.com said on 10/12/00
> Hi all,
> Given the complexity of todays sites, how many of you have found that
> traditional blueprints/sitemaps (done in MSVisio for example) fail to
> represent a site's structure with all the cross linking;
> what tools do you use when creating a site's architecture, navigation and
: s y m e t r i :
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