What is UI Structure?

The aggregate of all underpinning conceptual relationships of a user interface defines its structure. [1] UI structure is created when the aggregate of concepts and content is systematically managed to provide a sound reference architecture for UI design, conceptual data models, and technical functionality. [2] 

UI Structure Contributes to Alignment

UI structure is rooted in information architecture theory and science. It is associated with the following DSIA-based concept, which describes an  information architecture (work product) as:

  • The assumptions and governing constructs for assigning properties and attributes to information and the endowment and evolution of information relationships over time within a given domain.
  • A governing model for information behavior within a digitally mediated environment.
  • The governing framework for content behavior.

Before a structure can be systematized, it must be designed. This is often expressed as an  information modelThe structural design for a user interface or other shared information environment often includes the consideration of systems for navigation, labeling, search, organization, and semantics. The following is a list of example conceptual models used in the design of UI structures.

  • Business & Organizational Models
  • Content Models
  • Controlled Vocabularies
  • Flow Models
  • Object Models
  • Ontologies
  • User Models
  • Site Maps
  • Taxonomies
  • Wireframes

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