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Chapter 13. Create a Plan: Planning and information architecture

Effective DVD menu design includes much more than just creating professional-looking, interactive visuals. It also includes careful planning and the discipline of information architecture. Planning includes the organization and scheduling of all phases of DVD development. Information architecture includes the organization of a project's content into categories and the design of a menu structure to make navigation of those categories easy and intuitive. Your mission as information architect is to get users from point A to point B effortlessly, maintaining a sense of familiarity about where they are, where they've been, and where they want to go. As the project planner, you must see that every phase of development stays on budget and on schedule.

Planning is the key. The more effort you put into planning your DVD project, the fewer adjustments and changes you'll have to deal with as the project progresses. Each project is unique, and the target users of each project are unique, so every plan pretty much starts with a blank piece of paper. You can lay the groundwork for a plan by asking several questions:


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