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What tools do you use for Sitemaps/information architecture?

9 months ago from , Product Designer at Twilio

I'm working on an audit of our current product's information architecture. I'd like a tool that will allow me to layout the structure in a nested table as well as tree diagram. I'd also like to be able to easily drag and move things around. Was wondering if anyone has a suggestion of a good tool for this.

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  • Christoph GromerChristoph Gromer, 9 months ago

    draw.io

    3 points
    • Pedro MC FernandesPedro MC Fernandes, 9 months ago

      Intuitive, powerful, flexible, shareable, quick, free to use.

      The graphics always come out to-the-point, without perfectionism or fluffiness, which is perfect for diagrammatic tasks

      1 point
  • Casper Overgaard, 9 months ago

    Having worked with both Omnigraffle and Lucidchart, I've found that Flowmapp (http://flowmapp.com) is the better fit for my needs when doing hierarchical structures, content prioritisation and descriptions where I have to collaborate with clients and other fellow information architects.

    1 point
  • Richard SisonRichard Sison, 9 months ago

    I'd highly recommend checking out Whimsical. It's a really intuitive tool for creating flowcharts and sitemaps. There are other awesome features about it (i.e. awesome at wireframes and sticky notes for remote workshops or collating the outcomes of an in-person workshop) but even if you're just interested in a tool to create diagrams, it's the best out there for me. I've tried Omnigraffle, MindNode and Sketch but they pale in comparison to Whimsical for this task overall.

    Also, depending on what stage you're at for the IA, I suppose you could use the Sticky Notes feature too. If you plan to be moving things around a lot, it might be more appropriate. Basically the Sticky Notes feature feels like moving Trello cards around, but you're not confined to columns like in Trello; you can have "buckets" anywhere on the infinite canvas.

    …And no, I don't work for Whimsical lol

    Oh and Lucidchartseems to be pretty popular among content folks too.

    Hope that helps!

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    • , 9 months ago

      Thanks so much! I’ll check it out.

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    • Aaron Wears Many HatsAaron Wears Many Hats, 9 months ago

      We use LucidChart quite a lot for HMI development, as it plays nicely with MS Visio.

      The web app certainly struggles when you're dealing with massive flowcharts, but it's pretty convenient service.

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  • Jacob ErikssonJacob Eriksson, 9 months ago

    Been using Xmind, but both FlowMapp and Whimsical seems interesting!

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  • Tom CTom C, 9 months ago

    Overflow

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  • Mark ProganoMark Progano, 9 months ago

    Real Time Board and/or Whimsical ..nothing better

    0 points
  • Noah SNoah S, 9 months ago

    Have you tried Milanote? It's an artboard notation tool. Amongst other things I find it easy to create and edit user/journey flows with it. Boards can be shared with permission levels, commenting and export to PDF. A small snapshot below of a much larger flow:

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