Results for Information Architecture - Practices

There are 89 resources for Information Architecture - Practices in the library.

Articles and Papers

3 SEO Myths About Information Architecture
by Shari Thurow (3/18/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Information Organization, Searching
Language: English
Abstract: Shari Thurow shares some of the common myths and misconceptions that search engine optimizers have about information architecture in an effort to help SEOs understand an information architect’s point of view.

7 Frequently Asked Questions on Card Sorting
by Donna Spencer (6/13/2012)
Subject: Card Sorting, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: These frequently asked questions are found in Card Sorting - Designing Usable Categories by Donna Spencer. You will find great examples and more detailed explanations to these questions and other card sorting related issues in the book.

Bring Your Personas to Life!
by Zef Fugaz (11/14/2006)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Personas
Language: English
Abstract: Method acting can take your personas from the page to the stage. Think beyond traditional practice to give emotional life to your personas.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

Building an Information Architecture Checklist: Encouraging and Enabling IA from Infrastructure to the User Interface Architecture
by Sumit Banerjee, Laura Downey (1/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Government environments often have prescribed complex processes for obtaining and implementing technology solutions. In order to encourage and enable information architecture (IA) in government systems, it is essential to embed IA within the current processes and to view IA as part of the overall architectural framework. The definition of IA used here is broad and inclusive spanning applications, the Web and the enterprise. A common focus exists aimed at organizing information for findability, manageability and usefulness, but the definition also includes infrastructure to support organization of information. This case study describes the development of an IA checklist in a large United States government agency. The checklist is part of an architectural review process that is applied 1) during assessment of proposed information systems projects and 2) design of solution recommendations before system implementation.
Note: Cite as: Downey, L., & Banerjee, S. (2011). Building an Information Architecture Checklist. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 2, No. 2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume2/issue2/03-downey/]

Call Yourself a Practitioner? Prove It
by Nathaniel Davis (1/9/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: The practice of information architecture and the discipline of information architecture are commonly discussed as though both terms describe the same concept. But they do not. Davis discusses the difference between these terms and how understanding this can help tremendously in defining our expectations of the benefits each brings to academic and professional training.
Note: Davis, N. (January 9, 2012). Call Yourself a Practitioner? Prove it. UX Matters. Retrieved from http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2012/01/call- yourself-a-practitioner-prove-it.php

Creating a Web-Site Information Architecture in Six Steps
by Nathaniel Davis (8/6/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Nathaniel Davis reviews practical steps for creating Web- site information architecture. While the article explores a simple use case, the six steps that are reviewed in the article are relevant to projects of all sizes.

Definicja Architektury Informacji
by Jesse James Garrett, Donna Maurer, Peter Morville, Todd Warfel (11/14/2002)
Subject: Card Sorting, Conferences & Meetings, Information Architecture - Practices, Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science
Language: Polish
Abstract: Discusses the launch of the Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture (now the Information Architecture Institute) and presents definitions and resources.
Note: Original article in English.
Available Translations:
English at www.semanticstudios.com/publications/semantics/000010.php

Designing Screens Using Cores and Paths: Designing from the inside out
by James Kalbach, Karen Lindemann (8/20/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Navigation, Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: If you can place your core offering firmly at the center of your design, then all other elements in the site help both the users and the business reach their goals. Kalbach and Lindemann show how the Core+Paths method keeps the design focused on your goals.
Also available at: www.boxesandarrows.com/files/banda/core-and-paths/Cores_and_Paths_Diagramm_final-.pdf

Editorial: Discipline and Resolution
by Stacy Surla (2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Stacy Surla discusses the need for dialog between the researchers, academics and practitioners of information architecture.
Note: Cite as: Surla, S. (2012). Discipline and Resolution. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 4, No. 1-2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume4/issue2/01-surla/]
Also available at: journalofia.org/volume4/issue2/01-surla/jofia-04012-01-surla.pdf

Ethnotelling for User-generated Experiences
by Raffaele Boiano (2011)
Subject: Experience Design, Information Architecture - Practices, Research Methods
Language: English
Abstract: This paper focuses on storytelling as a research tool for the social sciences, especially for cultural anthropology. After a short review of the main methodological tools traditionally used in ethnography, with particular regard to observation and interview, we focus on collecting and crafting stories (ethnotelling) as suitable tools for conveying the relational nature of fieldwork. Drawing on the works of Orr, Chipchase, Marradi and Adwan/Bar-on, we show how stories — collected, mediated or made up — are valuable tools for representing experiences and identities. As a result, we suggest a different approach to user-experience design, based on the creation of thick environments enabling a whole range of possibilities, where users can imagine or live their own user-generated experiences.

Cite as: Boiano, R. (2012). Ethnotelling for User-generated Experiences. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 3, No. 2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume3/issue2/04-boiano/]

Finding IA at the Enterprise Search Summit (6/20/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Searching
Language: English
Abstract: In May 2011, Shari Thurow and Noreen Whysel attended Enterprise Search Summit East on a quest to discover the role of information architecture in Enterprise Search. Read on to discover how the enterprise search community is embracing information architecture theory and practices. Part 1 of a series of two articles.

Finding IA at the Enterprise Search Summit – Part 2
by Shari Thurow (8/8/)
Subject: Card Sorting, Information Architecture - Practices, Search Technology
Language: English
Abstract: In May 2011, Shari Thurow and Noreen Whysel attended Enterprise Search Summit East on a quest to discover the role of information architecture in Enterprise Search. Read on to discover how the enterprise search community is embracing information architecture theory and practices. Part 2 in a series of two articles.

Framing the Practice of Information Architecture
by Nathaniel Davis (9/7/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Nathaniel Davis presents an alternative to the Morville- Rosenfeld iceberg metaphor. He describes six areas of interest in IA practice to help IA practitioners refine their skills and expertise in information architecture in this article for UX Matters.

Getting Your Web Site's Structure Right
by Nathaniel Davis
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Understanding the value that information architecture brings to Web sites and other information-technology experiences. By focusing on site structure to make information architecture more accessible, we can drastically simplify how stakeholders and our peers understand the contribution of information architecture.

How to Assess the Maturity of Your Information Architecture
by Nathaniel Davis (3/5/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Measurement & Research
Language: English
Abstract: Methods for measuring the various aspects of Web site information architecture are hard to find. Nathaniel Davis demonstrates how we can use the six tiers within the information architecture (IA) vertical of the DSIA Research Initiative UX Design Practice Verticals 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.

IA Strategy: Addressing the Signatures of Information Overload
by Nathaniel Davis (2/6/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: The one thing we know about information overload on the Web is that we do not know enough. The rapid rate at which people and organizations create and propagate information complicates our getting a grip on information overload in the domain of information technology. Our information includes things like our Honey-Do lists, gigabytes of digital documents, and the deluge of email messages that pile up in our email inboxes. The amount of information we consume and manage is growing in both its volume and volatility. Probably worse than the self-inflicted burden of information glut that we’ve invented for ourselves is the fact that the less we know about information overload, the less we can know about the relevance of our collective stockpiles of information.

Industry Contributors: Roles in Professional Practice
by Nathaniel Davis (7/22/2013)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Nathaniel Davis describes six categories of contributors in the fields of information architecture and UX design:

-thought leader
-framer
-practitioner
-teacher
-advocate
-audience

Information Architects: What We Do and How We Learn
by Thom Haller (12/2013)
Subject: Information Architecture - General, Information Architecture - Job Skills, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: An Introduction to the special section on Information Architecture in the ASIS&T Bulletin, October/November 2013.
Note: Haller, Thom. (October/November 2013).

Information Architecture Essentials, 8 Part Series from IBM DeveloperWorks (2008)
Subject: Guides & Collections, Information Architecture - Practices, Knowledge Management
Language: English
Abstract: IBM developerWorks 8- part series on information architecture for enterprise systems. Part 1: The data and content dilemma Part 2: Managing enterprise information Part 3: Organizing complex information Part 4: Improving usability of information systems Part 5: Business intelligence in your information architecture Part 6: Distributed data mining Part 7: Data-store design Part 8: Packaging and reselling information

Information Architecture for Ubiquitous Ecologies
by Andrea Resmini, Luca Rosati (2009)
Subject: Experience Design, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: In this paper, we describe how crossmediality and bridge experiences are playing a major role in redefining the goals and scope of information architecture as a strategic practice and discipline for the successful design of user experiences, and propose a seven point manifesto for a holistic approach to the design of digital – physical human information interactions as ubiquitous ecologies.
Note: Proceedings of the International Conference on Management of Emergent Digital EcoSystems (Lyon 2009).

Integrating UX into the Product Backlog: The User Experience Integration Matrix
by Jon Innes (2/3/2012)
Subject: Design, Information Architecture - Practices, User Centered Design
Language: English
Abstract: Many agile teams cant develop good user experiences because UX just is not integrated well enough. With the UX Integration Matrix, Jon Innes helps solve this problem by integrating UX with every possible part of the agile process.

Keyword Classification: Understanding The "Why" Of SEO
by Shari Thurow (6/6/2012)
Subject: Card Sorting, Information Architecture - Practices, Searching
Language: English
Abstract: Keyword classification is often the missing ingredient in SEO plans. Without understanding the reasons why people search, search engine optimizers will often misinterpret or improperly classify keyword phrases. How do we understand the why part of the optimization process?

Know Your Place
by Nathan Curtis (5/10/2006)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Wireframes
Language: English
Abstract: Popular wireframing tools allow for reuse of repeated elements: change a centralized module once and have it update across all your screens. Nathan Curtis offers practical tips for increasing wireframing efficiency in this story.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

Leonardos Kitchen Nightmare
by Brian Sullivan (2/15/2012)
Subject: Design, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Leonardo, the genius. Yet, even the great Leonardo faltered from time to time. Brian Sullivan shares the tale of Leonardos kitchen nightmare and teases out the lessons we can all learn from failure.

Making Cents from Information Architecture
by Alan K'necht (2003)
Subject: Business Context, Business Strategy, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Discusses the monetary cost of taking a short cut and skipping development of a sound information architecture with proper documentation for later reference.

Metrics for Heuristics: Quantifying User Experience (Part 1 of 2)
by Andrea Wiggins (10/1/2006)
Subject: Evaluation & Analysis, Information Architecture - Practices, Measurement & Research
Language: English
Abstract: Andrea Wiggins discusses how designers can use the user experience audit developed by Rubinoff to determine metrics for measuring brand.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

Metrics for Heuristics: Quantifying User Experience (Part 2 of 2)
by Andrea Wiggins (10/16/2006)
Subject: Evaluation & Analysis, Information Architecture - Practices, Measurement & Research
Language: English
Abstract: In part two, Wiggins examines how web analytics can quantify usability, content, and navigation.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

Migrations: Not Just for Developers Any More
by Paula Land (11/2013)
Subject: Business Strategy, Content Management, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Paula Land discusses the role of IA and Content Strategy professionals in a site migration project.
Note: Land, P. (October/November 2013). Strategic Action: Information Architecture in Platform Migrations. ASIS&T Bulletin. http://asis.org/Bulletin/Oct- 13/OctNov13_Land.html

Mini-IA: Structuring the Information About a Concept
by Jakob Nielsen (6/21/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Writing for the Web
Language: English
Abstract: In a miniature information architecture, coverage of a single topic is chunked into units that are connected through simple navigation.

Putting IA Theory into Pratice
by Nathaniel Davis (1/21/2013)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Note: Davis, N. (January 21, 2013). Putting IA Theory into Practice UX Matters. Retrieved from http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2013/01/putting-ia- theory-into-practice.php

Putting SEO in Its Place: An Information Architecture Strategy
by Nathaniel Davis (12/5/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Searching
Language: English
Abstract: In theory, the subject of optimizing the presentation of content within a domain for discovery by search engines falls into the activities of information seeking and search behavior. For the Web, this practice is consistent with the practice of information architecture.
Note: From UX Matters

Strategic Action: Information Architecture in Platform Migrations
by John R. Hefferman (11/2013)
Subject: Business Strategy, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Real world information architecture happens when enterprises need strategic solutions to business problems and when executives understand that their business lacks the technology maturity needed to remain competitive. Hefferman discusses how IA practitioners working in these competitive, technologically mature organizations should take on a larger strategic role in technology strategy.
Note: Hefferman, J.R. (October/November 2013). Strategic Action: Information Architecture in Platform Migrations. ASIS&T Bulletin. http://asis.org/Bulletin/Oct- 13/OctNov13_Heffernan.html

Succeeding at IA in the enterprise
by James Robertson (6/12/2006)
Subject: Business Strategy, Information Architecture - Practices, Knowledge Management
Language: English
Abstract: The enterprise environment offers unique challenges for information architects. In this context, we need to develop skills to help us understand and model how organizations deal with information.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

The Definition of Information Architecture
by Peter Morville (11/14/2002)
Subject: Conferences & Meetings, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Discusses the launch of the Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture (now the Information Architecture Institute) and presents definitions and resources.
Available Translations:
Nederlands at iainstitute.org/nl/translations/de_definitie_van_informatie_architectuur.php
Polish at iainstitute.org/pl/translations/definicja_architektury_informacji.php
Romanian at iainstitute.org/translations/Definitia-Arhitecturii-de-Informatie-2002-ro.html

The Guided Wireframe Narrative for Rich Internet Applications
by Andres Zapata (5/10/2006)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Wireframes
Language: English
Abstract: Wireframes. We have all done them. We have all had to make sure our clients look at placement, labels, flow, and real estate distribution-but ignore color and design at all costs because, after all, they are wireframes.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

The Lazy IA&s Guide to Making Sitemaps
by Stephen Turbek (2/12/2006)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: The more automated our lives become, the less time we seem to have. And as an information architect, a lot of time is spent making sitemaps ... by hand. How valuable are sitemaps to a project team and to clients? Would your time be better spent doing other tasks than hand building sitemaps? What if we told you, "now you can?" Find out how.

The Machineries of Context, Journal of IA PDF Document
by Andrew Hinton (4/2009)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Ontologies, Organization
Language: English
Abstract: The essay re-frames Information Architecture as designing context in the digital layer, contending that IA has always been less about organizing information than about designing architecture for a new kind of contextual space. It explores how a global network of user-created hyperlinks has changed how we experience context, and how IA practice emerged to contend with this change. In addition, the essay proposes that IA study and practice develop tools and methods that improve our understanding and methods for solving the increasingly complex design challenges brought about by this new contextual reality.

The Practitioners of Web Information Architecture in Small and Medium Enterprises
by Sally Burford, Lisa M. Given (2013)
Subject: Business Strategy, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: This paper reports an investigation of the practice of web information architecture (IA) in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). As information delivery via the web becomes a mainstream activity in all organizations, research and practical attention to Web IA remains focused on larger organisations and a new profession of information architect. The practice of Web IA in SMEs has not been widely considered. This research collects the narratives of those who practice Web IA in the smaller enterprise and reveals that the dominant voice is that of a communication and marketing practitioner, rather than information professional. The outcomes of practice in this context suffer from a lack of knowledge and enterprise.
Note: Cite as: Buford, S. & Given, L. M. (2013). The Practitioners of Web Information Architecture in Small and Medium Enterprises. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 5, No. 1-2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume5/issue2/04-burford/
Also available at: journalofia.org/volume5/issue2/04-burford/jofia-0502-04-burford.pdf

The T-Model and Strategies for Hiring IA Practitioners: Part 2
by Nathaniel Davis (11/7/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Job Skills, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: In the second installment of a series on hiring IA practitioners, Nathaniel Davis expounds on the Boersma T-model by presenting a grid that can help hiring managers make informed recruiting decisions by giving them a clear picture of the key verticals of UX practice, while taking into account three potential levels of an IA practitioner’s professional experience.

User Experience Deliverables
by Peter Morville (1/27/2009)
Subject: Expert Opinions, Information Architecture - Practices, Interaction Design
Language: English
Abstract: This article describes twenty user experience deliverables with links to relevant resources and examples. Clearly, these artifacts of the process are not the whole story. We must also think about the relationship between goals, methods, and documents. And yet, for many of us, deliverables are the coin of the realm and merit special attention.

Web Information Architecture: A Very Inclusive Practice
by Sally Burford (7/2011)
Subject: Business Strategy, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Web information design, or information architecture (IA), is a critical aspect of the organizational use of the Web to deliver information and to communicate with clients. It is a relatively new instance of information organization and, although it draws from traditional practices such as library and information science, Web information architecture has its own characteristics and unique contexts. The practice of Web information architecture must forge its own identity. This research paper contributes to a greater understanding of Web information architecture as a practice that requires myriad conversations, negotiations and collaborations as it is carried out in large organizations. It is also a practice that is undertaken by multiple and diverse people who all make a contribution to the information structures of the enterprise website.


Blogs, Columns and Journals

Boxes and Arrows
Subject: Business Context, Information Architecture - Practices, Interaction Design
Language: English
Abstract: Boxes and Arrows is devoted to the practice, innovation, and discussion of design; including graphic design, interaction design, information architecture and the design of business. Since 2001, it’s been a peer-written journal promoting contributors who want to provoke thinking, push limits, and teach a few things along the way.


Books

Architettura dell’informazione: Trovabiltà dagli oggetti quotidiani al Web
by Luca Rosati (2007)
Subject: Experience Design, Information Architecture - Practices, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: Italiano
Abstract: Il volume analizza alcuni principi chiave (euristiche) di architettura dell’informazione utili sia per progettare sia per valutare sistemi informativi complessi. Non solo in contesti digitali ma anche in quelli fisici (punti vendita, musei, aeroporti…). Di più: proprio perché queste euristiche sono trasversali ai vari contesti dell’interazione uomo-informazione, l’obiettivo del libro è proporre un modello unificato di architettura dell’informazione, a cavallo dei diversi ambiti dell’agire quotidiano, da quelli fisici a quelli digitali.
Also available at: lucarosati.it/blog/architettura-informazione-trovabilita

Card Sorting
by Donna Spencer (4/2009)
Subject: Card Sorting, Information Architecture - Practices, User Testing
Language: English
Abstract: Card sorting helps us understand how people think about content and categories. Armed with this knowledge, we can group information so that people can better find and understand it. In this book, Donna describes how to plan and run a card sort, then analyse the results and apply the outcomes to your project.
Note: Spencer, D. (2009). Card Sorting. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Rosenfeld Media. Book, e-book and PDF.

Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning (3rd Edition)
by Dan Brown (2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Process & Techniques, Web Design
Language: English
Abstract: Successful web design teams depend on clear communication between developers and their clients — and among members of the development team. Wireframes, site maps, flow charts, and other design diagrams establish a common language so designers and project teams can capture ideas, track progress, and keep their stakeholders informed. In this all new edition of Communicating Design, author and information architect Dan Brown defines and describes each deliverable, then offers practical advice for creating the documents and using them in the context of teamwork and presentations, independent of methodology. Whatever processes, tools, or approaches you use, this book will help you improve the creation and presentation of your wireframes, site maps, flow charts, and other deliverables.
Note: Brown, Dan. (2011) Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning (3rd. Edition). Berkeley, CA: New Riders.

Designing the Search Expience: The Information Architecture of Discovery
by Tony Russell-Rose, Tyler Tate (1/2/2013)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Searching
Language: English
Abstract: Search is not just a box and ten blue links. Search is a journey: an exploration where what we encounter along the way changes what we seek. But in order to guide people along this journey, we must understand both the art and science of search.
Note: Russell-Tate, Tony and Tyler Rose. (2013). Designing the Search Experience: The Information Architecture of Discovery. Waltham, MA Morgan Kaufmann.

Information First: Integrating Knowledge and Information Architecture for Business Advantage
by Elaine Evernden, Roger Evernden (10/15/2003)
Subject: Business Strategy, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Information is seriously undervalued and underused as a corporate resource. The pressures of global competition and a growing dependence on information technology mean that the effective use of information is more important now than it has ever been. This book is a fundamental guide for unleashing information potential, by combining the discipline of information architecture with the power of knowledge management, to drive organizational changes. Instead of unlocking the potential of information, people are drowning in detail. Current books only approach this subject from an information technology perspective. This book combines techniques from knowledge management and information architecture to provide a layer above the detail - techniques for seeing the big picture.

Informationsarchitektur für Designer: Strukturierung von Websites für den Geschäftserfolg
by Peter Van Dijck (2003)
Subject: Design, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: Deutsch
Abstract: Kapitel–Einleitung: Zielgruppenanalyse Ein allgemeiner Fehler beim Entwickeln einer Website ist die Annahme, dass die Leute, die sie (später) nutzen werden, genauso sind wie Sie selbst. Menschen nehmen üblicherweise an, dass Andere wie sie selbst sind. Das Ziel einer Analyse Ihrer Zielgruppe ist es daher, Sie in die Fußstapfen Ihrer eigentlichen Website–Benutzer treten zu lassen.
Note: Original in English
Also available at: iainstitute.org/translations/000424.php
Available Translations:
English at www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/2880467314/theasilomarin-20

Intersection: How Enterprise Design Bridges the Gap Between Business, Technology and People
by Milan Guenther (2013)
Subject: Business Strategy, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: In Intersection, Milan Guenther introduces a Strategic Design approach that aligns the overarching efforts of Branding, Enterprise Architecture and Experience Design on common course to shape the enterprises of tomorrow. This book gives designers, entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders a holistic model and a comprehensive vocabulary to tackle such challenges.
Note: Guenther, M. (2013) Intersection: How enterprise design bridges the gap between business, technology and people. Waltham, MA: Morgan Kaufmann.

Mental Models
by Indi Young (2/2008)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: There is no single methodology for creating the perfect product—but you can increase your odds. One of the best ways is to understand user reasons for doing things. Mental Models gives you the tools to help you grasp, and design for, those reasons. Adaptive Path co- founder Indi Young has written a roll-up-your-sleeves book for designers, managers, and anyone else interested in making design strategic, and successful.
Note: Young, Indi, Mental Models. New York: Rosenfeld Media, 2008. Print, PDF, eBook.

Pervasive Information Architecture: Designing Cross-Channel User Experiences
by Andrea Resmini, Luca Rosati (4/2011)
Subject: Experience Design, Information Architecture - Practices, Standards & Guidelines
Language: English
Abstract: As physical and digital interactions intertwine, new challenges for digital product designers and developers, as well as, industrial designers and architects are materializing. While well versed in designing navigation, organization, and labelling of websites and software, professionals are faced the crucial challenge of how to apply these techniques to information systems that cross communication channels that link the digital world to the physical world.
Note: Resmini, Andrea and Luca Rosati. Pervasive Information Architecture: Designing Cross-Channel User Experiences. burlington: Morgan Kaufmann, 2011. Print.
Also available at: www.amazon.com/dp/0123820944/

Prototyping: A Practitioners Guide
by Todd Warfel (2/2009)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Prototyping
Language: English
Abstract: Prototyping is a great way to communicate the intent of a design both clearly and effectively. Prototypes help you to flesh out design ideas, test assumptions, and gather real-time feedback from users. With this book, Todd Zaki Warfel shows how prototypes are more than just a design tool by demonstrating how they can help you market a product, gain internal buy- in, and test feasibility with your development team.
Note: Warfel, Todd Zaki, Protytyping: A Practitioners Guide. Rosenfeld Media, November 2009. Print, PDF and eBook.

Remote Research: Real Users, Real Time, Real Research
by Nate Bolt, Tony Tulathimutte (2/2010)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Research Methods
Language: English
Abstract: Remote studies allow you to recruit subjects quickly, cheaply, and immediately, and give you the opportunity to observe users as they behave naturally in their own environment. In Remote Research, Nate Bolt and Tony Tulathimutte teach you how to design and conduct remote research studies, top to bottom, with little more than a phone and a laptop.
Note: Bolt, Nate and Tony Tulathimutte. Remote Research: Real Users, Real Time, Real Research. New York: Rosenfeld Media, February 2010. Print, PDF and eBook.

Search Analytics for Your Site: Conversations with Your Customers
by Lou Rosenfeld (7/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Searching
Language: English
Abstract: Any organization that has a searchable web site or intranet is sitting on top of hugely valuable and usually under-exploited data: logs that capture what users are searching for, how often each query was searched, and how many results each query retrieved. Search queries are gold: they are real data that show us exactly what users are searching for in their own words. This book shows you how to use search analytics to carry on a conversation with your customers: listen to and understand their needs, and improve your content, navigation and search performance to meet those needs.
Note: Rosenfeld, Louis, Search Analytics for Your Site: Conversations with Your Customers. New York: Rosenfeld Media, 2011. Print, PDF, and eBook.

Storytelling for User Experience: Crafting Stories for Better Design
by Kevin Brooks, Whitney Quesenbery (4/2010)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: We all tell stories. It is one of the most natural ways to share information, as old as the human race. This book is not about a new technique, but how to use something we already know in a new way. Stories help us gather and communicate user research, put a human face on analytic data, communicate design ideas, encourage collaboration and innovation, and create a sense of shared history and purpose. This book looks across the full spectrum of user experience design to discover when and how to use stories to improve our products. Whether you are a researcher, designer, analyst or manager, you will find ideas and techniques you can put to use in your practice.
Note: Quesenbery, Whitney and Kevin Brooks, Storytelling for User Experience: Crafting Stories for Better Design. New York: Rosenfeld Media, April 2010. Print, PDF and eBook.

UX Team of One
by Leah Buley, Sally Burford (7/9/2013)
Subject: Experience Design, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: The User Experience Team of One prescribes a range of approaches that have big impact and take less time and fewer resources than the standard lineup of UX deliverables. Whether you want to cross over into user experience or you are a seasoned practitioner trying to drag your organization forward, this book gives you tools and insight for doing more with less.

Web Form Design
by Luke Wroblewski (5/2008)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Web Design
Language: English
Abstract: Forms make or break the most crucial online interactions: checkout (commerce), registration (community), data input (participation and sharing), and any task requiring information entry. In Web Form Design, Luke Wroblewski draws on original research, his considerable experience at Yahoo! and eBay, and the perspectives of many of the leading designers in the field to show you everything you need to know about designing effective and engaging Web forms.
Note: Wroblewski, Luke, Web Form Design. New York: Rosenfeld Media, 2008. Print, PDF, eBook.


Organizations, Conferences and Mailing Lists

2014 IA Summit Podcasts (3/30/2014)
Subject: Information Architecture - General, Information Architecture - Practices, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Podcasts of the 2014 Information Architecture Summit, ASIS&T, San Diego, March 26-30, 2014
Note: Podcasts of the 2014 Information Architecture Summit. (Confereence). San Diego: Association for Information Science and Technology, March 26-30, 2014


Presentations and Podcasts

ウェブユーザビリティにおける情報アーキテクチャ PDF Document
by Atsushi Hasegawa (11/15/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices
Language: Japanese
Abstract: 長谷川敦士(コンセント)によるヒューマンインターフェイス学会「Webユーザビリティ関西」講演資料(PDF)。ユーザビリティ実現に不可欠な情報アーキテクチャの考え方の紹介と実践例。
Note: This links to a PDF document.

8 Better Practices for Information Architecture
by Lou Rosenfeld (7/7/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Louis Rosenfeld closing keynote from WebVisions, Barcelona, July 2012.

A Process By Any Other Name Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Adam Polansky (4/2006)
Subject: Conferences & Meetings, Information Architecture - Practices, Project Management
Language: English
Abstract: Adam Polansky discusses re-casting deliverables as elements in a tool-kit and putting the emphasis on doing what is necessary to close the gaps - focusing on tool selection based on context.

Supporting Visio files:

Polansky Artifact Assessment Polansky_Artifact_Assessment.vss (88 kb)

Polansky Site Map Polansky_Site_Map.vss (222 kb)

Polansky Wireframe Polansky_Wireframe.vss (143 kb)

Case Study: Digital Web Redesign PDF Document
by Christina Wodtke (4/12/2006)
Subject: Case Studies, Information Architecture - Practices, Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: Christina Wodtke produced this set of deliverables--personas, conceptual model, site map and wireframes--for the Digital Web redesign in 2002. Christina Wodtke, Digital Web Redesign Digital Web Redesign (3.3 MB)
Note: IA Tools

EuroIA 2011: Architecting Information as the Enterprise DNA
by Milan Guenther (9/22/2011)
Subject: Business Context, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Slideshare deck from EuroIA 2011 presentation by Milan Guenther, Architecting Information as the Enterprise DNA.

EuroIA 2011: Designing for Everyone, Anywhere at Any Time
by Anna Dahlström (9/22/2011)
Subject: Hardware, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Anna Dahlström presents a EuroIA 2011 talk on Designing for Everyone, Anywhere at Anytime on the problem of how to design for an ever increasing and more diverse audience, accessing services anywhere and at any time on a range of devices.

EuroIA 2011: Designing Interactions that Help Customers in Decision Making
by Stefano Bussolon (9/24/2011)
Subject: Findability, Information Architecture - Practices, Interaction Design
Language: English
Abstract: In this presentation Stefano Bussolon discusses how to use information architecture to help users not only find things but also make the right choice, a feature he calls choosability. He presents hueristics for measuring decision accuracy and costs and reviews solutions including faceted navigation, search, and customer ratings.

EuroIA 2011: Ethnotelling for user generated eXperiences
by Raffaele Boiano (9/23/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Research Methods, User Centered Design
Language: English
Abstract: Boiano presents the proper way to integrate an ethnographic, or cultural, approach to user interviews. Also presented at Italian IA Summit on May 5, 2011. (Slides in English and Italian).

EuroIA 2011: Extending the storytelling: Blending IA and content strategy
by Boon Sheridan (9/24/2011)
Subject: Content Management, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: In this presentation, Boon Sheridon argues that all of the different disciplines that make up the family of UX should borrow types of deliverables from each other. He suggested two types of lo-fidelity blended deliverables that could be used early on in projects, which bring together aspects of content strategy, IA and product strategy: Audience Personas and Content Flows.
Note: Notes on the talk from Martin Belam at Currybet.net. We will post slides if/when they become available.

EuroIA 2011: Navigating the Digital Spice Route - 10 experience principles to bridge European user experiences with the rest of the world
by Terry Hoi-yan Ma (9/23/2011)
Subject: Experience Design, Information Architecture - Practices, User Centered Design
Language: English
Abstract: Slideshare from Terry Hoi-yan Ma on approaches to localization of the user experience, with emphasis for designing for Middle Eastern and Asian audiences.

IA Summit 2011: Beyond the Polar Bear
by Michael Atherton, Michael Smethurst (4/3/2011)
Subject: Case Studies, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Michael Atherton presents a look at how the BBC makes websites that better represent their core business, better fit how the web is today, and deliver on its mission to inform, educate and entertain, and discusses how to apply these principles. (Also presented at EuroIA 2011).

IA Summit 2012: Driving Holism in Cross-channel Projects - A Conversation with Patrick Quattlebaum
by Chris Baum (4/18/2012)
Subject: Content Management, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Chris Baum talks with Patrick Quattlebaum at the 2012 IA Summit in New Orleans about his insights about holism vs. atomism and tools that designers can use to help companies see and develop experiences across channels.

IA Summit 2012: Rhythm and Flow - A Conversation with Peter Stahl
by Chris Baum (4/11/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, User Centered Design
Language: English
Abstract: On Radio Johnny, Chris Baum talks with Peter Stahl, Senior Interaction Designer for Cisco. Peter thinks we are at a crossroads in the design profession, with tools and deliverables that are optimized for static experience. Peter explores the distinction between rhythm and flow; how flow could work across channels; how flow can be a lens to reflect on the success of our projects and as designers; and finally, the ways our deliverables might morph to encourage flow for all involved on our projects.

IDEA 2010: Gamestorming
by Sunni Brown, Dave Gray, James Macanufo, Peter Morville (10/1/2010)
Subject: Conferences & Meetings, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: As our systems grow more complex, design is changing from a solo activity to a team sport where designers, partners, and users work together to co-create experiences. This participatory design requires new skills and practices. How can you engage more people – including non-designers – in the process, without losing the creative culture and energy essential to success?

IDEA 2010: Ubiquitous Information Architecture
by Peter Morville (10/1/2010)
Subject: Conferences & Meetings, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: While the world waits for Web 3.0 and The Singularity, the real action has already begun. It is called the intertwingularity. It is an era at the crossroads of ubiquitous computing and the Internet, a place where information blurs the boundaries between products and services to enable multi-channel, cross-platform, trans-media, physico-digital user experiences.

Practicing Information Architecture
Subject: Conferences & Meetings, Information Architecture - Practices, Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: A collection of presentations and information from the "Practicing Information Architecture" Special Interest Group meeting held on April 3, 2001 at CHI 2001. Includes presentations by Arnie Lund, Keith Instone and Fran Arble.


Tools

960 Grid System (2013)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Tools & Technology, Wireframes
Language: English
Abstract: Nathan Smith created the 960 Grid System in an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem. All modern monitors support at least 1024 × 768 pixel resolution. 960 is divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 20, 24, 30, 32, 40, 48, 60, 64, 80, 96, 120, 160, 192, 240, 320 and 480. This makes it a highly flexible base number to work with.

Brainstorming
by Holger Maassen (8/27/2009)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: This is the second part of a series about design, analysis and creative techniques. Brainstorming is long-established way to generate ideas and classic technique. On the one hand it is well-known on the other hand it is all too often misinterpreted. Brainstorming, however valuable it is, will fail and will not succeed before it is put to action correctly and in a approved manner.

Card Sorting
by Holger Maassen (8/3/2009)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: This is the first part of a series about design techniques and analysis techniques. Regardless of the method you use, card sorting is an easy, inexpensive and variable technique for learning how your potential users view the relations and interaction among the different subjects. The resulting design should be one that allows your users to find the information they are looking for quickly and easily

Core+Path Template PDF Document
by James Kalbach, Karen Lindemann (8/20/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Navigation, Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: This PDF outlines the Core+Path Methology proposed by James Kalbach and Karen Lindemann. If you can place your core offering firmly at the center of your design, then all other elements in the site help both the users and the business reach their goals. Kalbach and Lindemann show how the Core+Paths method keeps the design focused on your goals.

Design Review Checksheets PDF Document
by Erin Malone (9/5/2003)
Subject: Design, Information Architecture - Practices, Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: Useful checksheets with questions for consideration by the design team and reviewers when reviewing work at different stages of the process. There is a checksheet for Concept review, UI/interaction design review and Visual design review. Has space indicated for approvals and signature sign off by selected approvers. These sheets are great for tracking the progress and making sure key people approve and sign off on each step.

EightShapes Unify
by Dan Brown (2009)
Subject: Guides & Collections, Information Architecture - Practices, Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: EightShapes Unify is a collection of templates, libraries, and other assets that enable user experience designers to create more consistent, effective deliverables faster. The system utilizes the Adobe Creative Suite of products; primarily, Adobe InDesign is the key authoring tool. The system is often used by designers – and larger user experience teams – to rapidly produce artifacts like design strategy, wireframes, style guides, specs, and more.

IA Toolbox
Subject: Information Architecture - General, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: A set of information architecture tools and templates including basic concepts, analysis, user exploration and documentation.

Reframer (Beta Version)
by Todd Warfel (10/7/2011)
Subject: Evaluation & Analysis, Information Architecture - Practices, Research Methods
Language: English
Abstract: Who knew quantifying business decisions could be this easy? Reframer unlocks the potential in your unstructured data with a real-time, collaborative, value and feasibility based decision engine.

Swim-Lane-Diagram, A Great Tool for Alignment and Process Planning
by Holger Maassen (3/13/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: This is the third part of a series about design, analysis and creative techniques. Most of our projects are complex and multifaceted or they change emphasizes during their life-time or both. These products and services are overwhelmed with expectations, needs, must-haves and nice-to-haves. They also have to cover, serve, support and to take into account many supply, communication channels and chains. There are so many users and these users have most often more than just one responsibility (users have often more than just one responsibility / role) - Most persons are in possession of different roles. For each individual there will be many roles and each person adopts a different role depending on the circumstances.

TimelineJS (2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Information Design, Tools & Technology, Wireframes
Language: English
Abstract: TimelineJS is an open-source tool that enables you to build visually-rich interactive timelines and is available in 40 languages. It can pull in media from different sources and has built in support for: Twitter, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, Vimeo, Vine, Dailymotion, Wikipedia, SoundCloud and more media types are regularly added.

Wireframe Stencils
by Garrett Dimon (9/20/2005)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Wireframes
Language: English
Also available at: iainstitute.org/documents/tools/GarrettDimon_IA_Stencil_2002.vss

Wireframe Template Microsoft Visio Document
by Garrett Dimon (9/25/2005)
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices, Wireframes
Language: English
Also available at: iainstitute.org/documents/tools/GarrettDimon_Wireframes_2002.vsd


Web Sites and Resources

Trovabile
by Luca Rosati
Subject: Faceted Classification, Findability, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: Italiano
Abstract: Trovabile raccoglie risorse sui temi della trovabilità (Findability), con particolare riguardo alla teoria della classificazione e alla classificazione a faccette.

Web Design References: Information Architecture
Subject: Information Architecture - General, Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: A large collection of links to IA-related materials, including overviews, methods (card-sorting, prototyping, wireframes), and articles.

Wireframes Magazine
by Jakub Linowski
Subject: Information Architecture - Practices
Language: English
Abstract: Wireframes Magazine is an on-line resource about design documentation samples for information architects, interaction designers and user experience professionals.


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