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Principle - or fashionable heuristic?

Information architecture (IA), user experience (UE) and (formal) usability have much in common. If we wanted to define them in inter-related terms, we might say something like the following:

  • Information architecture - an approach (qua suite of tools; body of lore; toolkit of techniques and methods, and so on) for doing...
  • User-experience design - which is a body of practice whose aim is to ensure that what is maximised in any given system or product is...
  • Usability - which is a quality of systems and products that measures the extent to which users of those systems or products can achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction in a specified context of use

Hmm. Yes. I know, there are layers upon layers of complexity here. Shall we do some gentle disambigutation together?

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