IA Institute Newsletter - #6.9 2011

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

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Holiday Greetings from the IA Institute!

Dear friends and members of the IA Institute,

As I write this holiday greeting to all of you on behalf of the Institute, the first real snow of winter is twinkling outside of the window of my office here in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and an ambitious pot of El Salvadorian coffee is perking away in the kitchen.  There are so many things that still need to be done in 2011, but please allow me to enthuse just a little about the coming months in information architecture.

In February, the first-ever World IA Day is happening at 14 locations world-wide. The Institute taking the spirit of the IDEA conference and spreading it to these simultaneous events to allow more of our community to participate. We want to foster more systematic approaches to structuring information and believe that IA practices are critical to solving social, commercial and environmental problems everywhere.  For 24 hours on February 11, 2012 a global community of information architects will provide the venues and the occasion for teaching and learning these approaches at colleges and universities on 6 continents.  Learn more and get involved on the WIAD website.

And then in March of next year, many of us will convene in New Orleans for the 12th annual Information Architecture Summit, presented by ASIS&T and the IA Institute.

As part of the Summit extravaganza, the IAI is delighted to offer Director Shari Thurow's pre-conference workshop Architecting Search-Engine Friendly Websites on March 22. Ms. Thurow is graciously donating all of the proceeds from the workshop to the IA Institute, and we encourage you to check out all of the great workshops and announced keynotes and plenary talks at the IA Summit website.

The Institute takes advantage of the occasion of the Summit each year to hold its annual members meeting, and in the new year we'll reach out to you again with more details on where and when the meeting will convene.

With so many good things in IA packed into the first part of 2012 and so much caffeine in my bloodstream, it may be a challenge for me personally to relax during this holiday season. Nevertheless, on behalf of my colleagues at the Institute I wish you all the best for what remains of 2011, and the best-ever new year.

Happy Holidays from the IA Institute!

Dan Klyn

World IA Day: 14 Locations Announced

We’re hosting World IA Day 2012 events in 14 cities globally on Saturday, Feb. 11. Each city’s event will be different, but all will focus on information architecture and this year’s theme, Designing Structures for Understanding.

All events zone in on IA topics and are designed to connect with your local IA communities. No one location will be the same—and everyone’s welcome to join. That means if you’re a student, IA practitioner, or just someone who has an interest in IA, it’s a great chance to drop by, get engaged and network with like-minded folks who know and love IA.

Plus, many locations will offer the chance for you to present your work and IA expertise.

We encourage local events to be free for IAI members – however, autonomy at the local level is a virtue. Each event will be run by local coordinators and will be as low cost as possible. Some events will be free to everyone, some events will be free only to IAI members, and yet other events may need to charge a registration fee depending on the scope of their offerings.

Find a location

Find your nearest WIAD event and register. If you’re interested in presenting, you can submit your info on the location page. We’re always adding more information about each local event, so check back often to see what your local coordinator has planned for your local event.

Not near an event?

Organize your own WIAD event! We would like to extend our support to local IA communities that may not be able to participate in one of the 14 official events in planning their own independent WIAD event. By providing the 14 guiding topics and suggested event formats, we are hoping that many of you will cobble together your own meaningful WIAD that will help curate a world where everybody, everywhere understands why Information Architecture is such a valuable and powerful way of approaching complex information challenges.We have posted info and resources for how to get your IA community together.  Visit the World IA Day News section for details.

Sponsor World IA Day

Want to see your logo on six continents? Then sponsor World IA Day. Sponsoring World IA Day helps us support the Information Architecture community anywhere and everywhere IA is practiced, plus your brand will be emblazened on emails, tshirts and archived in presentations that will be viewed by thousands of people all over the world.

Contact sponsorship@worldiaday.org for details.

Keep updated

Follow us on Twitter, join us on Facebook, or stay tuned to this newsletter get the latest WIAD news.

WIAD 2012:
Sydney, Australia
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Vancouver, Canada 
Paris, France 
Bangalore, India
Tokyo, Japan 
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Panama City, Panama
Bucharest, Romania
Johannesburg, South Africa 
Malmo, Sweden
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

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Participate in the 2011 Salary and Benefits Survey

Participate in the 2011 Salary SurveyThe deadline for participation in the 2011 edition of the IA Institute Salary and Benefits Survey has been extended through December 31. If you have not yet participated, this is your last chance.  Please visit the following survey site now:


Find more information about our Salary Survey and download previous years at the Salary Survey page on our website:


Member Discount for WebVisions New York and Portland

WebVisions New York on 18-20 January 2012 and WebVisions Portland on 16-18 May 2012 are offering IA Institute members a 14.4% discount. WebVisions is a nationally recognized conference that explores the future of web and mobile design, technology, UX and business strategy. WebVisions is a community driven event with an Indie/DIY/Getting Things Done attitude that started in Portland, Oregon way back in 2001 and features a fabulous lineup of visionary speakers and offer some great activities to promote networking and collaboration.

Call for Volunteers! WebVisions New York is seeking volunteers to help out in January. Volunteers enjoy benefits including free admission to the conference and after parties, including a special screening of the TV series Portlandia on night three. For details contact Jennifer Jones, Event Coordinator at Jennifer@webvisionsevent.com or call 1 (503) 230-2058.

Visit the Member Center for discount codes and special registration links.

A HUGE Thank You to Our Volunteers

Every year in December we take a moment to thank all of our hard working volunteers.  This year we have an amazing group of people who have been working hard all year long to bring you resources (job listings, tools and library entries), plan events, translate articles, write up book and conference reviews and generally promote our industry.  Please join us in thanking our volunteers:


  • Bev Corwin who has been tirelessly researching opportunities for partnerships, alliances and grant funding.

IA Summit:

  • Michael Carvin for helping out at the sponsor table
  • Carl Collinsfor helping out at the sponsor table
  • Kevin Hoffman for DJing the karaoke party

Job Board:

  • Samantha Bailey for approving jobs and keeping spam entries at bay.
  • Mariane Sweeny for her charming weekly newsletter.

Journal of Information Architecture:

  • Editor-in-chief: Dorte Madsen
  • Associate Editors: Katriina Byström, Nils Pharo, Andrea Resmini, Luca Rosati, Stanislaw Skorka
  • Editorial Board: Andrew Boyd, Thomas Froelich, Kathryn La Barre, Marianne Lykke Nielsen, Peter Morville, Fabio Pittarello,Eric Reiss, Howard Rosenbaum, Stephen Roberts, Stacy Surla, Sanna Talja, Aarron Walter
  • Reviewers: Christian Nyhus Andreasen, Fraser Hamilton, John Matew, Myung Hae Park, William Wolff, Jack G. Zheng, Andrew Boyd, Katriina Byström, Peter Morville, Marianne Lykke Nielsen, Fabio Pittarello, Nils Pharo, Eric Reiss, Stanislaw Skorka, Sanna Talja, Aarron Walter
  • Editing: Allison L. Ehrman, Stacy Surla, Melissa Weaver
  • Authors: Dan Klyn, Jan Eckert, Jorge Arango, Sally Burford 

Mentoring: With nearly 150 mentors registered in our program, it is difficult to mention everyone in this email, so here's a shout-out to those who joined in 2011.

  • Alex Long
  • Berka BerkaUX
  • Damian Rees
  • Dean Barnhart
  • James Kelway
  • Julianne Bowman
  • Laura Creekmore
  • Liz Citron
  • Lori Widelitz-Cavallucci
  • Myung Hae Park
  • Rakhee Srivastava
  • Raphael de Robiano
  • Robson Santos
  • Shawn M. Capizzi
  • Stephen Holmes
  • Steve Downey
  • Zack Naylor
  • And a few others who requested anonymity

News and Reviews:

  • Arun Martin for reporting on activity in Bangalore
  • Molly Green and Wesley Owen, our student emissaries to Interaction11
  • Arun Martin and Noriko Osaka for contributing a book review
  • Emily Rinck for reporting on her internship at International Rescue Committee

Salary Survey:

  • Aju Badardeen for visualizations

Translations Team: Our Italian team was particularly productive - Thanks also to all authors who extended translation rights.

  • Janette Shew, fearless translations leader
  • Maggie Ng - Chinese
  • Shan Zhao - Chinese
  • Jack Zheng - Chinese
  • Rianne Stolwijk - Dutch
  • Tara Reza - Farsi
  • Marco Calzolari - Italian
  • Simone Economio - Italian
  • Michele Iovino - Italian
  • Federica Lignini - Italian
  • Ilaria Perone - Italian
  • Davide Potente - Italian
  • Barbara Wiel Marin - Italian
  • Sara Stangalini - Italian
  • Katarzyna Stawarz - Polish

Website Maintenance and Redesign Research:

  • Dorian Taylor for developing tools for analyzing our site structure and content (and all the pretty pictures that go with it).
  • Shari Thurow for review of the library and (patiently) working with Google on our search engine.
  • Janette Shew, who performed an in depth site review and user survey.
  • Andrea Resmini's Information Architecture Class.

World IA Day Coordinators:

  • Sydney, Australia: Eric Scheid
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil: Carolina Leslie
  • Vancouver, Canada: Lynne Polischuik
  • Paris, France: Sylvie Daumal
  • Bangalore, India: Arun Martin
  • Italy: Luca Rosati
  • Tokyo, Japan: Atsushi Hasegawa
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Shamsul Wahid, Shamsul Anuar & Dr Nor Laila Md Noor
  • Panama City, Panama: Jorge Arango
  • Bucharest, Romania: Marius Ursache & Ana-Maria Bogdan
  • Johannesburg, South Africa: Jason Hobbs
  • Malmo, Sweden: Goran Hagert
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA: Dan Klyn & Keith Instone
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA: Alex Vejnoska, Sam Bloomberg-Rissman and Tim Gallati

World IA Day Planning Team:

  • Jorge Arango - Thematic Chair
  • Abby Covert - Advisor
  • Jessica Duverneay - Producer
  • Joe Elmendorf - Tech Lead
  • Deborah Fellinger - PR/Copyrighting
  • Dan Klyn - Advisor, Board Sponsor
  • Brad Simpson - Graphic Design
  • Noreen Whysel - Sponsorships

Big thanks as well to Membership Coordinator, Tim Bruns and Operations Manager, Noreen Whysel, as well as to our amazing Board of Directors, Chris Baum, Laura Creekmore, Dan Klyn, Jeff Parks, Andrea Resmini, Shari Thurow and Dorian Taylor.

We hope that you all will consider volunteering your time in 2012.  Contact volunteer@iainstitute.org or visit the Volunteer Wiki for information on available opportunities.


LOCAL GROUPS - http://iainstitute.org/en/network/localgroups/local_groups.php

Local Groups Celebrate World IA Day

Local IA Groups are encouraged to celebrate World IA Day regardless of whether you are located near one of the 14 official sites.  Visit http://worldiaday.org/news/ for format ideas. 

Please visit the Local Groups page of our website for more information on how we can help you start and promote your group: http://iainstitute.org/en/network/localgroups/local_groups.php.

Be sure also to check out UX Book Club meetings coming up in the New Year at http://iainstitute.org/en/network/localgroups/ux_book_clubs.php.


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

ASIS&T Bulletin - http://www.asis.org/bulletin.html
The Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology is a bi-monthly news magazine packed with developments and issues affecting the field, pragmatic management reports, opinion, and news of people and events in the information science community. The December/January 2012 edition is all about Knowledge Management of Social Networks.  Also see the IA column from Tom Haller, "Want to Improve Your Coordination? Attend to Patterns"

Current Issue
December/January 2012
Vol. 38, No. 2
Full Text: PDF (Size: 7.4mb)

IA Summit 2012: Experience Across Channels. Keynotes and workshops have been announced and all session proposals have been reviewed and will be announced shortly. Early Bird Pricing closes January 15, so be sure to register soon.


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

Complexity and User Experience: Understanding features in terms of complexity instead of functionality
by Jon Bolt [22 November 2011]
Jon Bolt explores how changing the discussion from "functionality" to "complexity" helps product owners and designers better evaluate the real impact new features have on a product. Elegant design isn't about simplicity, it's all about understanding the complexity of the user experience.


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.

The Finalists for the 2012 Interaction Awards were just announced on ixda.org. Honors are awarded in 6 interaction categories: Optimizing, engaging, empowering, expressing, connecting, disrupting. These categories are designed to challenge us to think about the intentions of the work and the nature of the interactions IxDA creates, and how these sit across platforms, domains, and cultures. The Interaction Awards empower the community to take part in the process and engage in constructive conversation about the best representations of our growing field for 2012.

Look for an online gallery of all shortlisted projects soon at the Interaction12 website. Open voting for the People’s Choice of best project for the year. The awards ceremony will be held at 8:00 p.m. on February 3, 2012 in Dublin, honoring the 26 finalists, and award the prizes for top honors in each category, as well as an overall winner for the year. And don't forget to register for Interaction12.


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.

Registration is open for ASI's 2012 Annual Conference, held from 19-21 April 2012 in San Diego, CA, USA at the Bahia Resort .  Visit the ASI conference website for details.  


NEW LIBRARY ADDITIONS - http://iainstitute.org/library/

The IA Library is a selection of resources related to the field of information architecture. The collection includes articles, books, blogs, translations and more. Each month, we will post the latest entries to the IA Library in this newsletter.


The Interaction-Design.org Encyclopedia of Human Computer Interaction
by Mads Soegaard and Rikke Friis Dam, eds. (2011)

The T-Model and Strategies for Hiring IA Practitioners: Part 1
by Nathaniel Davis (3 October 2011)

The T-Model and Strategies for Hiring IA Practitioners: Part 2
by Nathaniel Davis (7 November 2011)

Putting SEO in its Place: An Information Architecture Strategy
by Nathaniel Davis (5 December 2011)


Italian:  IA/Recon di Jesse James Garrett
Traduzione di Barbara Wiel Marin


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

Some sponsored events offer discounts to IA Institute members. Please read descriptions carefully for instructions on discounts, if available. Visit our Member Center website for discount code.

30 January-3 February 2012
Follow the UX Leader - Workshops on Advanced Web Practices

18-20 January 2012
WebVisions New York
New York, NY, USA

1-4 February 2012
Dublin, Ireland

11 February 2012
World IA Day

17-18 February 2012
UX Hong Kong
Kowloon, Hong Kong

24-25 February 2012
Symposium on Usability, Information Design, and Information Interaction to Communicate Complex Information
Greenville, NC, USA

April 18-20, 2012
UX London
London, UK

14-16 May 2012
UX-Lx: User Experience Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal

16-18 May 2012
WebVisions Portland
Portland, OR, USA

June 18, 2012
Pervasive Information Architectures as Architectures of Meaning for Complex Cross-channel Systems
Newcastle, UK

To add your event to our calendar contact us at membership AT iainstitute DOT org.
IA Institute member discounts may be available for sponsored events.  Visit the Member Center for details and disount codes.


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.

User Experience/Information Architect - 12/19/11
Concepts in Staffing, Lyndhurst, NJ USA

User Experience Lead - 12/16/11
Magnani Caruso Dutton, Chicago, IL USA

UI Architect - 12/16/11
The UX Recruiter, New York, USA

Principle User Experience Consultant - 12/16/11
The UX Recruiter, London, GBR


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