Information architecture is a task often shared by designers, developers, and content strategists. But regardless of who takes on the task, IA is a field of its own, with influences, tools, and resources that are worth investigation. In this article we’ll discuss what information architecture really is, and why it’s a valuable aspect of the user experience process.
When I first documented Medium’s image loading technique, I was mostly interested in reverse-engineering their technique. I had seen the effect browsing Medium on a slow inflight connection. I thought that rendering a small image early, lazy-load and transition to the final version was a good idea.
We assume these techniques improve a user’s perceived performance. Fast rendering beats slow rendering. Putting something on the user’s screen early, even if it’s not the final content.
Are we sure about this?