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Headless CMS and design

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Headless systems are here, and they have a significant impact on the design:

  1. With headless systems, information architecture and content strategy are more critical because bad content structures or missing content blocks can spoil all the advantages of the headless system.
  2. Designing for headless CMS is a content-first challenge. The content becomes the queen – finally.
  3. As there is no visual or presentation layer in mind when designing headless systems, it is tempting to skip the design. This can happen due to a lack of awareness of IT managers, that design is not only UI.
  4. Information architecture resurfaces as key discipline.
  5. We should look at the headless architecture as a manifestation of what many designers had been pointing out in the past – that we need to design systems to be modular, flexible, with users goals in mind, and applying content-first thinking.

In the end, headless content management systems put information architecture and content design in the spotlight again.

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