IA Institute Newsletter - #5.07 2010

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner's sites: Asis&t Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows and the Web Indexing SIG of the American Society for Indexing. Also, there's a brief list of events with discounts for members and job postings at the end, so read on!


IAI News

  • Meet the 2010-2012 Board of Directors
  • IDEA Conference is This Weekend in Philadelphia
  • Announcing 2010 IA Progress Grant Call for Papers
  • 2010 Salary Survey Launches in October
  • Adaptive Path UX Intensive Toronto Offers 20% Member Discount

What's New with Our Partners?
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
Job Postings


IAI NEWS - http://www.iainstitute.org

Meet the 2010-2012 Board of Directors

Hello IA Institute Members!

On behalf of the IA Institute Board of Directors, it is my honor to welcome:

Ian Fenn
Dan Klyn
Jeff Parks
Dorian Taylor
Shari Thurow

to the the Board. Their term will begin on October 1, 2010 and we will begin working on transitions and ramping them up immediately.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the election process--and especially to our candidates. We had a great list of nominees, and the candidates on this year's ballot were outstanding.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing board members, the IA Institute staff, and all of the volunteers for their continued service to the IA Institute, and wish the incoming board the best of success with all of their endeavors. It has been a privilege to work with you all.

With kind regards,

Russ Unger
The Information Architecture Institute

For additional details about the Election, please visit http://iainstitute.org/en/about/people/election_2010.php.

IDEA 2010 Conference is This Weekend in Philadelphia

By now, you’ve seen this year’s unprecedented lineup of speakers—and we’re hoping you’re as excited about the trip to Philadelphia as we are. We’re pleased to announce the full program for IDEA2010: http://ideaconference.org/2010/program

This year, we’re mixing it up a bit.

Our two-track preconference day offers a hard choice: which top design firm to learn from?

Designing Communities of Care, led by Mad*Pow’s Amy Cueva works through strategic social interaction of healthcare.

A Practical Approach to Designing Valuable Meetings, where Kevin M. Hoffman leads Happy Cog and Adaptive Path in teaching new approaches in making the best of your time during design projects.

An astounding single-track of speaker sessions and panels. IDEA2010 is the only place where these leaders will be together this year:

Jeffrey Zeldman
Jared Spool
Sunni Brown
Liz Danzico
Peter Morville
Cindy Chastain
Dave Gray
Vidya Drego
Karen McGrane
Dan Klyn

And that’s in addition to the new, structured break-out sessions where you can apply the conference topics with your industry peers.

We wish to extend a BIG thank you to our sponsors for this year's event:

Axure - Platinum Sponsor
Mad*Pow - Platinum Sponsor
MailChimp - Platinum Sponsor
Infragistics - Gold Sponsor
New Riders - Silver Sponsor
Rosenfeld Media - Silver Sponsor
IxDA - Organizational Sponsor
PhillyCHI - Organizational Sponsor

It’s already shaping up to be the biggest event in IAI history. So be sure to take advantage of the early-bird registration discount before IDEA2010 sells out! Learn more and register at http://ideaconference.org/2010/home.

See you in Philly,

The IDEA2010 Team

P.S. It’s not too late to get your brand in front of our audience of UX movers, shakers, influencers, and thought leaders! Drop us a line at sponsorship@ideaconference.org and learn all about the sponsorship packages available to you.

Announcing 2010 IA Progress Grant Call for Papers

The IA Institute will award two USD $1,000 progress grants for 2010.

The purpose of the program is twofold:

  • To encourage researchers and practitioners to investigate IA-specific issues
  • To publicize useful work that furthers the information architecture body of knowledge.

Applications should propose work that will forward the theory and practice of information architecture. This can include original research, a synthesis of important existing research, or the development of an innovative new technique.

MORE INFORMATION is available online ...

Overview & Info on Previous Recipients:

Details about Eligibility & Submission:


  • Oct. 31, 2010: Application deadline
  • Nov. 15, 2010: Grant recipients announced and first half of grant awarded
  • Jan. 15, 2010: Grant recipients submit brief progress report to grant committee
  • May 1, 2011: Completed work submitted to grant committee,  published on iainstitute.org, and second half of grant awarded

Previous grants have been awarded to students, academic researchers, and practitioners. Topics have included IA in higher education, a new card
sorting technique, the use of internet cafes in developing contexts, and an intranet review toolkit.

2010 Salary Survey Launches in October

The 2010 Annual IA Institute Salary and Benefits Survey happens from October through December.  In fact, we are getting it out a few days early so we can focus on the IDEA Conference.

Start the 2010 IA Institute Salary and Benefits Survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2010-ia-salary-survey

Each year, we review comments and suggestions from the previous year's respondents and every year we tweak the form at bit to be less US-centric, add/eliminate/consolidate certain benefit items and otherwise better reflect the state of IA/UX employment today.  Most of the data is directly comparable to previous year's responses, but please review question and response choices carefully when analyzing change over time.

Check our Salary Survey website with details from the last several years: http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/research/salary_survey.php.

As always, please feel free to contact Noreen Whysel at operations@iainstitute.org for more information about the survey.

Adaptive Path UX Intensive Toronto Offers 20% Member Discount

Adaptive Path is offering IA Institute members a 20% discount for the UX Intensive to be held on October 26 in Toronto.  This four-day workshop series is for experienced professionals wanting to take their practice to the next level. We examine the key elements that contribute to a successful interactive experience: Design Strategy, Design Research, Interaction Design and Information Architecture. Each workshop is led by Adaptive Path's team of experts. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Remember to check our calendar for additional events offering event sponsorship discounts to members.  Check out the Calendar below and visit the Member Center for details and discount codes.


WHAT'S NEW WITH OUR PARTNERS? - http://iainstitute.org/en/about/partners.php

ASIS&T Bulletin - http://www.asis.org/bulletin.html

The August/September 2010 issue of the ASIS&T Bulletin containing the long-awaited, annual Special Feature on Information Architecture, is now available. The issue contains Guest Editor and IA Column regular, Thom Haller's, thoughts for our second decade of practice.  Also included is a practice framework from Nathaniel Davis and redefinition of IA job descriptions from Dan Klyn.  Both authors gave their first IA Summit presentations this Spring, and present a fine addition to the literature on information architecture.  This is a must read issue for all IA/UX practitioners.

What Is Information Architecture? Practical Definitions and Useful Principles for our Second Decade of Study and Work
by Thom Haller, guest editor

A Posting for a Job That Doesn’t Exist: How We Might Define Information Architects in Today’s “Integrated” Advertising Agency
by Dan Klyn

Research and Practice in IA
by Andrea Resmini and Keith Instone

Information Architecture, Black Holes and Discipline: On Developing a Framework for a Practice of Information Architecture
by Nathaniel Davis

Eight Principles of Information Architecture
by Dan Brown

Download the complete August/September 2010 ASIS&T Bulletin PDF (Size: 3.7mb)

In addition, ASIS&T has been working hard on developing a team for IA Summit 2011 in Denver, Colorado. We will announce the call for presentations as soon as ASIS&T releases the information.  In the meantime, visit the official conference napkin drawing at http://iasummit.org/ and keep in touch via twitter @ias11.


Boxes and Arrows - http://www.boxesandarrows.com
The definitive source for the complex task of bringing architecture and design to the digital landscape.

The Strangers Long Neck
Gary McGovern discusses the importance of task management

In this B&A podcast, Jeff Parks speaks with Gerry McGovern about the thinking that went into his new book. They discuss customers as strangers, the Long Neck, and task management — how to deliver and measure what your customers want.

So You Wanna Build a Library, Eh?: The Big Questions to Ask Before Building a Pattern or Component Library
by Nathan Curtis

Many teams have realized incredible efficiencies, savings, and better design through design libraries and standards. However, building a library isn’t trivial and may not be right for your organization. In this excerpt from his book, Nathan Curtis examines the questions you should ask yourself before building a design library.

Emotional Design with A.C.T. - Part 1: Defining Emotion, Personality and Relationship
by Trevor van Gorp

We form relationships with products and services for the same reasons we form relationships with people. In this first of two installments, Trevor explains how emotion commands atention.


Interaction Design Association (IxDA) - http://www.ixda.org
The IxDA is a non-profit professional organization whose focus is promoting both the field of interaction design and the interests of an international community of practitioners, managers, educators, and students of interaction design.

IxDA’s Interaction11 Conference will be held on February 9-12, 2011 (Wednesday through Saturday) in Boulder, Colorado, USA.  The submission period for lightening sessions and pre-conference workshops is now closed.  The planning team is now busily reviewing over 300 lightning session proposals and over 80 workshop proposals.  The full schedule will be announced on October 1st. Stay tuned for the full conference line up, including frequent Keynote updates.

Registration is now open: http://www.ixda.org/interaction/reg.html
Early Bird registration ends November 1.


Web Indexing SIG of the American Society for Indexing (ASI) - http://www.web-indexing.org/
Promoting the human indexing of Web sites and HTML documents worldwide.

The Web Indexing SIG welcomed a new SIG manager, Rachel Lurie. Rachel (RL@lurieinfo.com) will take over from Rebecca Linford as the manager of the Web Indexing SIG on September 1. Rachel Lurie is Managing Principal of Lurie Information Consulting, LLC. Her firm provides records and information management services to a diverse group of clients.  Recent projects have included -- implementing a records management program in a hospital, developing a categorization scheme for a modern dance company, and compiling a taxonomy for a database of consumer psycho-educational materials.


UPCOMING CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS - http://www.iainstitute.org/calendar/

The following events offer discounts to IA Institute members. Visit our Member Center website for discount codes.

September 30, 2010
UIE Virtual Seminar—Writing Vibrant, Compelling Web Copy with Ginny Redish
Online webinar

September 30-October 2, 2010
IDEA Conference
Philadelphia, PA, USA

October 19, 20 and 26, 2010
Follow the UX Leader
Ottawa, Canada
Oct 19: Stop Searching, Start Finding
Oct 20: Creating Web Content That Clicks
Oct 26: People Before Pixels

October 26, 2010
UX Intensive

November 30- December 2, 2010
Online Information 2010

February, 9-11, 2011
Boulder, CO, USA

Feburary 18-19, 2011
UX Hong Kong
Hong Kong

To add your event to our calendar contact us at membership AT iainstitute DOT org.


IAI JOB POSTINGS - http://www.iainstitute.org/jobboard/

The IAI Job Board lists job postings related to information architecture, as well as information design, interaction design, user experience, and HCI. Visit the job board at http://iainstitute.org/jobboard/.
The following are just a sample of recent postings:

User Interface Designer - 9/23/10
Keymind, Falls Church, VA USA

Information Architect - 9/23/10
Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, CA USA

Community Architect - 9/23/10
Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, CA USA

User Experience Architect - 9/23/10
Keymind, Falls Church, VA USA

Lead User Experience Designer - 9/23/10
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Durham, NC USA

UX Architect - 9/22/10
Avanade, Chicago, IL USA

Sr UX Architect - 9/22/10
Avanade, Chicago, IL USA


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