IA Institute Newsletter - #6.01 2011

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner's sites: Asis&t Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, IxDA and the Web & Electronic 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

  • 2010 IA Progress Grant Recipients Announced
  • IA Institute Names Two Student Emissaries to Interaction11
  • Journal of Information Architecture Volume 2, Issue 2 Released
  • IA Summit Offers IAI Member Discount

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

2010 IA Progress Grant Recipients Announced

The IA Institute is pleased to announce the two winning proposals of the IA Progress Grants for 2010!

Recipient: Terrence Fenn and Jason Hobbs, Cognition Thinking in Information Architecture

Recipient: Tanya Rabourn, Designing Users: Design Discourse and User Personas

The grant proposals we receive represent hard work and innovative thinking from all applicants. Look for future announcements about the progress of these initiatives, and the details of their outcomes.

Congratulations, Jason, Terrence and Tanya!

For more information about the Progress Grants, see the details page here:

IA Institute Names Two Student Emissaries to Interaction11

The IA Institute is pleased to announce its student emissaries to the IxDA conference in Boulder next week:

Molly Green, MS student at the University of Michigan School of Information
Wesley Owen, MLIS/MIS student at Indiana University

Molly and Wesley are receiving complimentary admission to the conference, and will be filing reports on their experiences there for the benefit of the many IA Institute members who were unable to purchase a ticket to this sold-out event.

Journal of Information Architecture Volume 2, Issue 2 Released

Issue 2 Volume 2, Fall 2010, of the Journal of Information Architecture is out and available at http://journalofia.org/.

Table of Contents

Eric Reiss
Editorial: An Information Architect by Any Other Name
pp. 1-4

Elise Conradi
pp. 5-24

Downey & Banerjee
Building an Information Architecture Checklist
pp. 25-42

Martin Frické
Classification, Facets, and Metaproperties
pp. 43-65

Articles can be read online, commented, or downloaded in PDF format.

About the Journal of Information Architecture

The Journal of Information Architecture is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal. Its aim is to facilitate the systematic development of the scientific body of knowledge in the field of information architecture.

The long term goal of the Journal is to serve as a forum for new research and sharing of good ideas and case studies that are useful to the field's researchers, practitioners, students, and all other interested parties.

The Journal accepts submissions for its upcoming issues.  Read about the Journal's Peer Review process at: http://journalofia.org/peer-review/

IA Summit Discount Offers Member Discount

The IA Institute is pleased to announce our participation in the IA Summit 2011, presented by the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Best of all, IA Institute members register at the ASIS&T Member rate or $150 off main conference registration. Enter "IAI" and your member # in the registration form.

The IA is IN!: Look for us at our cheery, yellow Mentoring Booth, a drop-in space for you to seek and deliver mentoring wisdom or just chat with some of our wonderful community members. We will also be hosting our Annual Member Meeting at the IA Summit, so be sure to take time to learn what the Institute has been up to the past year.

See you in Denver in March!

IA Summit 2011 - Asking Better Questions

March 30-April 3, 2011
Denver, CO, USA

Pre-conference sessions: March 30-31, 2011
Conference: April 1-3, 2011
Conference hotel: Hyatt Regency, Denver, CO, USA.

Be sure to enter your IA Institute member number on the registration form.  If you have forgotten your member number, log in to our Member Center to view your profile.


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

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

Feb/Mar 2011 v37#3

IA Column: Challenges with Context by Thom Haller (PDF 66K)
5 questions to help you think more deeply about your "context"
Thom's recollections of an information architecture class focusing on user experience brought out hte importance of understanding context. Information architects should ask themselves how their choices differ when working with an organization that is clear about its goals for supporting knowlecge, not simply presenting data without meaning or purpose.

Special Topic Section: Independent Information Professionals
Check out "How to Generate Income from Teaching and Training" by Amelia Kassel for 5 tips to inspire your own teaching project!


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

Storyboarding iPad Transitions
by Greg Nudelman

Most designers will soon be asked to design transitions. Greg Nudelman helps us prepare by examining the principles behind a good animation, showing how to sketch them out, and explaining how to document them effectively for development.

The Strangers Long Neck
by Jeff Parks

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 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 student emissaries, Molly Green and Wesley Owen.


Web & Electronic 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 has changed its name to the Web & Electronic Indexing SIG as a reflection of the broader scope of our members' work.


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.

February 09, 2011
Boulder, CO, USA

February 15, 2011
Next UX Paris Event - February 15th
Paris, France

February 18, 2011
UX Hong Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong

March 13, 2011
Conference for Software User Assistance
Long Beach, CA, USA

March 30, 2011
IA Summit 2011 – Asking Better Questions
Denver, CO, USA

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

May 20-21, 2011
IA Konferenz
Munich, Germany

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:

UX Designer - 2/2/11
Gerson Lehrman Group, New York, USA USA

Interaction/User Experience Designer (experienced) - 2/2/11
Cheezburger Network, Seattle, WA USA

Lead User Experience Designer (Senior Web Designer) - 2/2/11
KnowledgeAdvisors, Chicago, IL USA

Business Intelligence Information Architect - 2/2/11
Pharmacy OneSource, Bellevue, WA USA

Associate Director, User Experience - 1/31/11
VML, Kansas City, MO USA

User Researcher/Work Practice Designer - 1/31/11
inContext Design, Chicago, IL USA

User Researcher/Work Practice Designer - 1/31/11
InContext Design, Boston, MA USA

Newsletter archives can be found at http://iainstitute.org/news/cat_newsletter.php.

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