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The Anatomy of a Content Model

About the Talk

April 24, 2015 1:45 PM

Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, MN

With the rise of responsive design, a content model and a CMS are necessities for any content-rich web presence. Once you’ve designed the front-end user experience, it’s important to consider the content structure that will support your design. Content models define:

  • the underlying structure of each type of content
  • the user experience for content authors and editors within the CMS

Luckily, designing a content model is a natural extension of IA for a front-end user experience. In this talk, we'll get into the details of HOW to content model. We'll dissect the content model for a single content type for a nonprofit website. The goals for this content model were:

  • to be adaptive and portable for any device or context
  • to contain a lot of content, yet display it in a simple way
  • a successful user experience for administrators creating and editing the content
  • a delightful user experience for end users of the content

In content modeling, there are often multiple approaches you could take so I’ll also cover the alternate models we explored and describe the process that led us to our end result.

Session Takeaways

  • Define a content model
  • Evaluate a content item and create a content model based on that item
  • Learn best practices for adaptive content models

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