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
“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
The business leaders, marketers, and product managers who set strategy for products and services will increasingly have to take into account the situational context of their customers and employees. If businesses are to take full advantage of the trend toward digital experience, they must reframe their current mental model of technology infrastructure as the system and address a physical-digital landscape that encompasses both the design of human-computer interactions and the enabling infrastructure that technology affords.
If you’ve worked in technology long, you’ve heard people refer to back-end technology as the system. In information technology (IT), you’ve also heard people using familiar terms like design and architecture in describing such systems—for example, systems design and systems architecture. Read More