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Column: Finding Our Way

UXmatters has published 25 editions of the column Finding Our Way.

Top 3 Trending Finding Our Way Columns

  1. How to Assess the Maturity of Your Information Architecture

    Finding Our Way

    Navigating the practice of Information Architecture

    A column by Nathaniel Davis
    March 5, 2012

    Methods for measuring the various aspects of a Web site’s information architecture are hard to find. In this month’s column, I’ll demonstrate how we can use the six tiers within the information architecture (IA) vertical of the DSIA Research Initiative’s UX Design Practice Verticals, shown in Figure 1, to create an IA maturity assessment tool. The benefit of this method is that it helps to quantify IA solutions in a more tangible and actionable manner. Read More

  2. Creating a Web-Site Information Architecture in Six Steps

    Finding Our Way

    Navigating the practice of Information Architecture

    A column by Nathaniel Davis
    August 6, 2012

    In my previous columns, I’ve framed my discussions around the practice of information architecture. To recap, the DSIA Research Initiative—of which I am the curator—defines the practice of information architecture as “the effort of organizing and relating information in a way that simplifies how people navigate and use content on the Web.” While the practice of information architecture can surely extend beyond the Web and its content, this IA practice definition eschews theoretical language to resonate with businesses looking for concrete Web solutions and practitioners who want to make a living off something tangible.

    In the end, business clients don’t pay practitioners to practice information architecture; they pay professionals to produce IA work products that help them to meet their business objectives. So, of the many professional interests that come together to create a digital experience, what work products make the practice of information architecture unique? Read More

  3. Framing the Practice of Information Architecture

    Finding Our Way

    Navigating the practice of Information Architecture

    A column by Nathaniel Davis
    September 7, 2011

    “The practice of information architecture is the effort of organizing and relating information in a way that simplifies how people navigate and use information on the Web.”—DSIA Research Initiative

    Over the past two decades, the volatile evolution of Web applications and services has resulted in organizational uncertainty that has kept our understanding and framing of the information architect in constant flux. In the meantime, the reality of getting things done has resulted in a professional environment where the information architect is less important than the practitioner of information architecture (IA). Read More

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