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Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, Second Edition by Austin Govella, Christina Wodtke

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Chapter 3. Sock Drawers and CD Racks—Everything Must Be Organized

In which we learn that a lot of stuff can be a bad thing, and organization can be a good thing.

Sock Drawers and CD Racks—Everything Must Be Organized

Children organize things for fun. On the left, Amelie groups all of the shiny ornaments together on the Christmas tree (photo by Christina Wodtke). On the right, Alice organizes sugar packets to facilitate task flow (photo by Cindy Chastain).

Humans have a tendency to organize things, so they’ll be easier to find. Look around your house:

  • You’ve got a sock drawer, an underwear drawer, and a t-shirt area so you can find your clothes when you get dressed.

  • You have a silverware organizer that separates ...

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