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UnderstandingIA-dk-2012

Click on the image to view video from a recent presentation of Understanding Information Architecture. You can also view a PDF of the slides from this talk

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  • Davin Granroth

    Hi Dan, nice presentation. I really appreciate the big picture view of IA as ontology, taxonomy, choreography, and understanding the “what” before the “how.” This explanation is a helpful perspective added to those found in other books (polar bear, etc.).

    While I still find myself disagreeing with your argument that IA is separate from UX, I honestly try to understand it. Is a rephrasing of a portion of your argument that IA is making something good from the inside-out, while UX tends to try that from the outside-in, where “outside” is the user interface, and “inside” is the answer to the “what” question?

    At this time, I still view information architecture as an important element of user experience that has contributed greatly to the practice of other aspects of the larger field, like interaction design and usability research. If you stripped away the the lessons of information architecture from those other specialties, interaction design would be struggling to choreograph user flows, usability analysis wouldn’t know what a good search system looked like, and so on.

    My concern is, as I think you suggested, that information architecture used to be “much muchier.” In what ways can information architecture make a difference in the agile dev teams that so many of us find ourselves working in? How can the the perspective that you claim sets information architects apart be bolstered in our UX teams who need, and want, that perspective strengthened?

    Congrats on TUG being started, and best wishes to you and your colleagues!

  • Christina

    Missing books (other than mine, nudge nudge http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/155570493X?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=155570493X&linkCode=shr&tag=eleganthack ) include
    Information Architecture: An Emerging 21st Century Profession
    http://www.amazon.com/Information-Architecture-Emerging-Century-Profession/dp/0130967467
    Information Architecture for Designers: Structuring Websites for Business Success
    http://www.amazon.com/Information-Architecture-Designers-Structuring-Websites/dp/2880467314/ref=pd_sim_b_2
    and the mindbogglingly comprehensive
    Information Architecture: Designing Information Environments for Purpose
    http://www.amazon.com/Information-Architecture-Designing-Environments-Purpose/dp/155570493X/ref=pd_sim_b_5
    (he manages to straddle both uses of the tile)

    This was done with a cursory search.. but IA, if represented in books with it in the tile, is bigger than some people may think.

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