Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Scent of an information...

Yesterday evening i was hearing a radio program which was talking about the famous movie Al Pacino movie "Scent of a women". As i sat there reminising the movie, a thought came to me about the work passion that i have for scenting out information. "Scent for an information"~~ i wondered if there was anything like this ever thought of.
Behold, yes, it is already in use. "Designing for the Scent of Information" is a proven concept that explains how people navigate large sites and how the design decisions you make can either improve the site or make it worse. Jared Spool and Christine Perfetti with David Brittan’s help, have put their knowledge into this exciting report, jam-packed with examples and helpful hints. "The "scent of information" is a working theory we use to explain how people navigate large information spaces. Users scour pages for strong scent, using those clues to help them know where to click. When scent is successful, the users find what they're looking for effortlessly. When the scent is poor, the users get lost and become frustrated" -- how true.
I personally was more inclined to understand the information gathering aspect of scent. How we sense the scent and then keep foraging further on its trail. Will have to smell a bit stronger to reach my goals...

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