IA Institute Newsletter - #5.08 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

  • Seasons Greetings from the IA Institute
  • 2010 Salary Survey - Have You Participated?
  • UX Lx 2011 Offers 15% Member Discount
  • Justinmind Offers 70% Member Discount

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


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

Season's Greetings from the IA Institute!

It's been a busy and fruitful year, and before we say "hello" to 2011 there are a number of Institute-backed initiatives that we'd like to provide status on:

IDEA 2010
This year's IDEA conference was convened at the Seaport Museum in Philadelphia, where 187 attendees and 21 volunteers came together to exchange insights and share perspectives for designing better architectures and experiences across physical and virtual information spaces. The format for IDEA2010 - a mix of traditional presentations with structured activity time - was new this year, and the feedback we gathered from attendees has been invaluable to the Board as it plans the next conference.

Special thanks to the myriad volunteers who lent their time and talents to make this year's IDEA a success.

Clifton Barnhart
Tim Bruns
Jenn Carvin
Michael Carvin
Carl Collins
Adam Connor
Michael Courier
Abby Covert
Meg Frisch
Holly Grigalunas
Daniel Klyn
Jonathan Knoll Michael Leis
Jessica Leis
Brad Nunnally
Judy Philip
Denise Philipsen
Brad Simpson
Jamie Thomson
Russ Unger
Matt Ventre
Joan Vermette
Todd Zaki Warfel
Noreen Whysel

Past IAI President Russ Unger and volunteer producer Abby Covert deserve extra candy in their stockings this year and we've notified the authorities at the North Pole accordingly.

IAI Board of Directors Election
This past autumn, members were given the opportunity to nominate and then vote on candidates for the IAI Board of Directors. This election cycle was noteworthy for the unprecedented number of open seats on the board, and five new Directors were voted into office. The new Directors are: Ian Fenn, Dan Klyn (Treasurer), Jeff Parks (Secretary), Dorian Taylor and Shari Thurow. Returning Director Andrea Resmini completes the final year of a term begun in 2009 as President of the Institute.

Heartfelt thanks to outgoing Board members: Christian Crumlish, Andrew Hinton, Livia Labate, Russ Unger, Jonell Gades and Will Evans. The new Directors have been in office long enough now to understand how much these folks have given back to the Institute and to the IA community at large during their terms of service, and for this we are deeply grateful.

IA Institute's 8th Anniversary
This past November marked the 8th anniversary of the IAI. Like any 8 year old, we've still got a lot of growing-up to do, but we're delighted by the gift of another year to serve the IA community. We're also deeply grateful to the men and women whose vision for the future of our community of practice led to the creation of structures and mechanisms for sustaining it.

IA Institute's 75th Birthday Party for Richard Saul Wurman
We were honored to sponsor a birthday party (or a karaoke party, depending on when you arrived) for IA pioneer and 2010 IA Summit keynote speaker Richard Saul Wurman as part of the Institute's presence at the 2010 IA Summit in Phoenix. The souvenir frisbees emblazoned with the IAI logo and "We Heart RSW" ended up in some interesting places around the conference venue, and a number of them were shipped to Mr. Wurman at his request for use by his grandchildren.

IAI Mentoring Program
Our mentoring program remains one of the most valuable initiatives and services offered by the Institute. In 2010, 180 participants joined the program, creating an opportunity for lively activity on the local level. If you're interested in being a mentor, finding a mentor or arranging local mentoring activities, please visit the mentoring program page on the IAI website.

The IAI continues to partner with related organizations and adjacent disciplines, and many of these partnerships include benefits for IAI members. These include discounted conference admission for the IA Summit, the IxDA Interactions Conference and EuroIA, publishers Peachpit Press and Rosenfeld Media, as well as ongoing product discounts from Optimal Workshop, AIIM Online Workshops and Justinmind.

Stay Connected
As we embark on a 9th year of operations at the Institute, we recognize the importance of building and sustaining connections with each other. The IAI Email list, Twitter stream, Facebook Page, and LinkedIn group are just a few of the avenues for information and conversation with your fellow members and with IAI staff and Board members.

Speak Now
The Information Architecture Institute is uniquely situated to connect the legacy of our community and its professional future. We'd love to hear from you: What do you need? What do you want? How can you help? How can you be helped? Understanding our collective needs is essential for continuing the work of building an organization that is relevant, rewarding and sustainable.

The Institute exists to provide infrastructure and build bridges across and beyond our community. Use those assets; tell the Institute what you need that isn't there today. Let's ensure the energy and resources from the Institute are used towards the things that really matter to you.

Recognizing Our Kind Sponsors
The IA Institute provides informative programs like the annual IDEA Conference as well as member perks and programs, like the IA Progress Grant, mentoring, job board, salary survey and other occasional contests, research and promotions. Infrastructure, staffing and logistics represent a significant expenditure to ensure smooth sailing. Please keep us in mind if you would like to sponsor an activity in 2011.

We give our thanks to the following companies who generously sponsored the Explain IA Contest and IDEA 2010:

IDEA Sponsors:

Rosenfeld Media
New Riders
Morgan Kaufman

Explain IA Sponsors:

Semantic Studios
User Interface Engineering
Rosenfeld Media
O'Reilly Media

We Would be Nothing Without Our Volunteers
Last but certainly not least, we thank our Volunteers, without whom we could not provide the resources, services and community that we have today. Just for fun, we created a tag cloud representing all of our volunteers who joined or actively participated in our events and ongoing global intiatives in 2010, including board service, mentoring, web design, translations, job board and IDEA. The font size is relative to the number of initiatives a person worked on. We hope we didn't miss anyone but if we did, please accept our apologies. Thanks also to all the local group leaders keeping meetups, book clubs and show and tell activities going for those interested in networking and learning new skills.

IDEA Conference volunteers name cloud

Annual Meeting at IA Summit in Denver
The IA Institute Board is eager to report on the state of the organization; its vision, its finances and the goals that it is pursuing and devoting resources toward. Please join us for a presentation of the State of the IAI at the 2011 IA Summit in Denver. Exact date, time and venue will be announced in January.

Happy Holidays, and best wishes for 2011!

Your IAI Board of Directors

Andrea Resmini, President
Jeff Parks, Secretary
Dan Klyn, Treasurer
Ian Fenn
Dorian Taylor
Shari Thurow

2010 Salary Survey - Have You Participated?

The 2010 Annual IA Institute Salary and Benefits Survey happens from October through December. Have you submitted your response yet?


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:

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

UX Lx (Lisbon) Offers 15% Member Discount

UX Lx: User Experience Lisbon Ideias e Imagens is offering IA Institute members a 15% discount off conference registration. UX Lx is a three day event, 11-13 May, 2011, in sunny Lisbon, Portugal. This is where the international community meets; past editions welcomed attendees from dozens of different countries from all over the world.

With an unparalleled speaker panel of world renowned leaders in their fields, UX Lx is the best place to hone up your skills in our 16 practical workshops. Let yourself be inspired by our 10 thought provoking talks or open up your mind in our 16 lightning sessions featuring exciting new up-and-comers. After all of this there will be also great opportunities to mingle and meet new people through our extensive side programme.

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.

Justinmind Offers 70% Member Discount

Justinmind has created a the "...ultimate wireframing tool to design, share, and test rich interactive wireframes, saving you time and money, reducing rework and avoiding misunderstandings." For a limited time, Justinmind is offering a special member discount of 70% on its Prototyper software.

For details login to our Member Center and visit the Member Discount link.


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

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

In January 2010, ASIS&T will be offering a webinar on Information Architecture, free to ASIS&T members. Stay tuned for details.

The December/January issue of the of the ASIS&T Bulletin contained two articles on Information Architecture including a feature on "Information Architecture in Virtual Worlds" by Javier Velasco-Martin (our own IA Progress Grant recipient) and Thom Haller's IA Column on "Good News for US Citizens," regarding the passage of the Plain Writing Act of 2010. The October/November issue featured the IA Column, "It's Just a Garden," in which Thom Haller describes his experience with a landscape architect and similarities in design vision, product versus experience and how it compares to the field of Information Architecture.

In the meantime if you missed the August/September 2010 issue, containing the long-awaited, annual Special Feature on Information Architecture, you can find it online. 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.

August/September 2010 ASIS&T Bulletin PDF (Size: 3.5mb)
October/November 2010 ASIS&T Bulletin PDF (Size: 2.5mb)
December/January 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. Visit the official conference website 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 Ñ 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 SOLD OUT Interaction11 Conference will be held on February 9-12, 2011 (Wednesday through Saturday) in Boulder, Colorado, USA. See the full conference line up, including frequent Keynote updates and if you are going, be sure to say hello to our volunteers at the IA Institute sponsor table.


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. 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.

January 24, 2011
Follow the UX Leader
Ottawa, Canada

February 09, 2011
Boulder, CO, USA

February 18, 2011
UX Hong Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong

May 11, 2011
UX Lx: User Experience Lisbon - Ideias e Imagens
Lisbon, Portugal

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://www.iainstitute.org/jobboard/.

The following are just a sample of recent postings:

Interaction Designer - 12/10/10
Kforce Professional Staffing, Seattle, WA USA

Senior Information Architect - 12/9/10
Zemoga, New York city, New York USA

User Experience Designer - DC, Oakland or telecommute - 12/8/10
Naviance, Washington, DC USA

SapientNitro, Stockholm, 8008 SWE

SapientNitro, Duesseldorf , 81667 DEU

SapientNitro, Muenchen oder Duesseldorf , 81667 DEU

Interaction Designer (contract) - 12/7/10
Hotwire, San Francisco, CA USA

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