Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
This study examines map design concepts and principles as they apply to effectively navigate an information space. Under the assumptions that one way of facilitating navigation in any man-made environment is to provide a visual representation of its organizing principles. And that the most effective forms of visualization are three-dimensional models, this study proposes that providing a three dimensional representation of the underlying structure of a web site results in increased navigation performance. The literature review addresses the cognitive, functional, visual and factors that determine the effectiveness of navigation systems along with a study of the graphic variables and principles of good web navigation design, providing the criteria to develop a three-dimensional web site-map prototype for a randomly chosen web site. The interdisciplinary approach used for this research facilitated the discovery of an alternative solution to common problems of web navigation. A three-dimensional map is a real alternative to improving navigation on web sites because it takes advantage of human common experience in the three-dimensional world and perception abilities to make users rely on intuition rather than recall when navigating an information space.
Oscar J Salazar
Salazar, Oscar J., "A three dimensional map as a navigation mechanism for web sites" (2003). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 20026.