IA Institute Newsletter #8.03 2013

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features the latest news about IAI and our partners. Also, there's a brief list of events with discounts for members and job postings at the end, so read on!


IAI News

What's New With Our Partners
New IA Library Additions
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
IA Institute Job Postings

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

2012 Annual Report Released

We are pleased to announce that the 2012 IA Institute Annual Report has been released. Below is a summary of the report. To read the entire report, visit our website or download the PDF document (PDF 348), which contains the full financial report.

Excerpt from the IA Institute Annual Report 2012:

In 2012, the IA Institute Board of Directors continued within the strategic framework defined in 2011 to allow us to meet the needs of a series of constituent relationships to create value for our members and our discipline. To this end, we have moved forward with infrastructure improvement projects, including a refactoring of our website content, launched a re-imagined, global conference, World Information Architecture Day, and began research into improvements to our development and operations strategy.

Some of the year’s highlights:

  • Organization: Some changes to the board structure have been proposed and were discussed further at the annual members meeting in April 2013. Additionally, a development model is being drafted to suggest possible, alternate revenue streams. See page 2.
  • Membership: We ended the year with 1,385 members in 55 countries, an decline of 0.1% since 2011. Our member renewal rate was 37.0% versus 48.8% in 2011. This is a loyalty measure based on the number of eligible members that chose to renew in a given year. See page 2.
  • Infrastructure: The Board presented a Business Model Canvas to membership for feedback around our current business model. A series of articles and updates on the website refactoring project have been presented on our News Blog. See page 3.
  • Communications: Learn about the ways we connect with our members and the community at large. See page 6.
  • Events: World IA Day, our new signature event, was launched on February 11, 2012 in 14 locations. World IA Day allows us to focus on developing local communities of practice throughout the world. See page 8.
  • Partnerships: We expanded our list of event, education and product partners. With Bev Corwin’s guidance, we continue to develop collaborative partnerships with external organizations, both to support our infrastructure initiatives and to develop projects for volunteers. See page 9.
  • Initiatives: Our member initiatives continued to flourish. See page 11.
  • Financial Report: Check out the numbers*. See page 15.

*travel expenses incurred in FY12 included ~ $4k in expenditures from FY11 the vendor didn't invoice until early in 2012

Over the next year, we look forward to putting our development and operations research into practice and continue improving our website and interpersonal infrastructure to better serve our members and the IA profession. We thank you for being a part of it all, and are committed to working with you to help our profession flourish.

Read more:
Annual Report Web Page
download the PDF document (PDF 348) with full financial report

Take the IA Institute Pledge

The IAI is where we find our kindred spirits, and we want to sustain the community that has given us some of our deepest connections, amazing ideas, and most rewarding conversations.

We are putting our money where our mouth is to keep the IAI alive and kicking. This idea sprouted at the IAI Annual General Meeting and has continued to grow thereafter. Join us!

WIAD Call for Locations

Save the Date: February 15th


World IA Day 2014 brings an international community of academics, practitioners, technologists and business leaders together for a global conversation about "the architecture part" of information architecture.

On February 15, 2014 you can learn from world-class IA minds, network with your peers, showcase new ideas and attend events tailored specifically to your community. We hope you’ll join us at an event near you!

This 3rd annual World IA Day is run entirely by volunteers, and funded entirely by gracious sponsors.

Visit the 2014 World IA Day website to sign-up for email notifications and to let us know if you are interested in being a WIAD organizer.

SIGDOC Call for Papers

IA Institute members are invited to participate in the ACM Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC) 2013 conference, September 30th – October 1st, 2013 in Greenville, North Carolina.

The SIGDOC call for presentations is now available at:


Please consider submitting a project report, research paper, or poster session on the design of communication for interactive systems in industry, education, recreation, scientific research, and social exchange.

SIGDOC conferences address issues of interest to people in interaction design, content strategy, information architecture, user experience, and technical communication.

SIGDOC focuses on the design of communication as it is taught, practiced, researched, and conceptualized. Members of SIGDOC are an interdisciplinary mix of professionals and academics in information architecture, experience design, user research, content strategy, technical communication, education, information science, and computer science.

Deadline for manuscript submission is May 15.

Website Update: Intelligent Heterogeneity

We have posted information about the organization of our new website infrastructure team, being led by board member Dorian Taylor. If you would like to participate, please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to read the Infrastructure Team Descriptions and join our Infrastructure email discussion list.


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 Association 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.
ASIS&T Name Change: It's official! The American Society for Information Science and Technology is now the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T).

Current Issue:

April/May 2013
Vol. 39, No. 4
Full Text: PDF (Size: 1.7mb)

IA: Enabling Action: Digging Deeper into Strategies for Learning
by Thom Haller
Full Text: HTML | PDF (Size: 78k)

Boxes and Arrows - http://www.boxesandarrows.com
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.

We congratulate Boxes and Arrows on their recent website redesign. B&A is seeking contributions from practitioners in the field of graphic design, interaction design, information architecture and business design. For information on participating, visit http://boxesandarrows.com/participate/.

30 April 2013
A Truly Ambitious Product Idea: Making Stuff for People
by Dave Feldman
When I was eleven, my parents bought a Mac Plus. It had a tiny monochrome screen, a floppy drive, and 1MB of memory. And it came with something called HyperCard. HyperCard let you make stuff. It had documents called stacks, each a series of cards – similar to PowerPoint today. In addition to graphics and text...

9 April 2013
The Shallow Dive: How to Survive When UX Meets Budget Cuts
by Mark Richman
At a recent job, my department faced large budget cuts. When the dust had cleared, I found I had become a UX group of one. This didn’t come with a corresponding slowdown in work – in fact, following a major rewrite of our call center application, our department was already struggling to keep pace with…

9 April 2013
RE:DESIGN/UXD: Boxes and Arrows offers a discount for April conference
by Missy Robertson-Wong
It feels like we are experiencing a fascinating “Powers of 10”-style paradox with experience design and the digital design community — where we’re excitedly pushing beyond interface on many levels — attacking multiple interfaces at once with responsive and adaptive design and seriously embracing the massive world of service design and that broader brand and…

2 April 2013
Are You Going Soft?
by Kevin Jeong
When was the last time you read your resume? Go ahead and give it a look. Read your last job description. It’s impressive, right? Chances are, you emphasize your accomplishments, your ability to create stunning deliverables, and your extensive knowledge of the user experience practice. Now, think back to your last project. But, ignore the…


User Experience Professionals Association - http://www.uxpa.org
The User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services.


UXPA 2013 Annual Conference: "A collaboration between UXPA International and UXPA DC" will be at the Washington Hilton July 9-12, 2013. Book your UXPA discounted sleeping room now!

Conference Registration is OPEN! Check out the online program & registration rates, or register now.


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.


We have compiled a list of some of the presentations from World IA Day 2013, which we are currently adding to the IA Library. Proceedings from Reframing IA, our April 3 roundtable workshop from the IA Summit are being prepared. We will announce the publication when it is available.

WIAD Ann Arbor
Chris Farnum and Faris Kahn - UXD vs Analytics Slides
Peter Morville - The Architecture of Understanding Slides Storify writeup
Daniel Eizans - Designing for Distributed Content Models Slides
Morning Sessions Video
Afternoon Sessions Video

WIAD Bristol
Andrea Resmini - Ghost in the Machine - Architectures of Cyberspace Video Slides
Leisa Reichelt - Prototyping Information Architecture Video Slides Sketchotes
Margaret Hanley - Is Search IA? Video Slides
M. Dade-Robertson - Sentient Architectures of Information Video Slides

WIAD Budapest
Fábián Csongor - Information Architecture for Soundhead.hu Video Slides
Varga Csaba - Kártyarendezés a gyakorlatban - esettanulmányok Video Slides
Zsuzsanna Kovács - WIAD Storyboarding Workshop Video Slides
Herendy Csila - Mentális és fogalmi modellek Video Slides
Dömsödi Balazc - Új Hirdetésfeladás az Ingatlan.comon Video Slides
Kollin Zoltán - Buiding Scida Video Slides
Katona Zsuzsa - Deep in Data Video Slides
Rung András - Irány’tott keresŽs gondok Žs megold‡sok Video Slides
Socialtimes.hu World IA Day Budapest Article
User Experience Meetup – Storyboarding, kártyarendezés, keresések Article
Users First - WIAD 13 Article
World IA Day Budapest Timelapse Video
WIAD Budapest Photos

Aaron Irizarry - Communicating IA Video Slides
David Fiorito – Thinking Navigation Video Slides
Greg Nudelman (remote) - Designing Mobile Magic Moments Video
Chris Chandler & Lynn Boyden - Other people’s problems Video
Eric Reiss – Plenary Video Slides

WIAD New York
Dan Klyn - Where Did “The Architecture Part” of IA Come From? Slides
Christina Wodtke - Putting the Architecture Back Into Information Slides
Rick Smolan - How Data Becomes Information Video (video from his keynote at Strata + Hadoop World in October 2012 – this is the same presentation he gave at World IA Day)
Noreen Whysel - The Information Architecture of City Data Slides
Clark Holmes - Bloomberg Open Symbology Slides
Rhonda Ranney - Instructional Designer Influenced by Information Architecture Slides
Bruce Esrig - Design for Wellness Slides

Amanda Lyons provided Sketchnotes for WIADNYC. View Amanda’s sketchnotes and audience tweets at Storify. Full sketch notes are available at Amanda’s Visuals for Change blog.

WIAD Tokyo
Yoshifumi Seki - Recommender System and User Experience Slides
Masaya Mori - Data Utilization toward Big Data's Edge: the Two Faces of Technology Singularity Slides
Makoto Okamoto - Organizing Information: Yahoo! Answers Slides
Takashi Iba - Spontaneous Order with Pattern Languages Slides Presentation Patterns


IA Toolbox


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


You are invited to participate in the ACM Special Interest Group on Design of Communication (SIGDOC) 2013 conference, 30 September - 1 October 2013 in Greenville, North Carolina.

The SIGDOC call for presentations is now available at:


Some of our 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.

May 15, 2013
UX-LX: User Experience Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal
15-17 May 2012

May 16, 2013
TOGAF 9.1 and ArchiMate Foundation
Start Dates:
16 May 2013
20 June 2013
18 July 2013
Distance Learning Course (8 lessons)
May 22, 2013
WebVisions Portland
22-24 May 2013
Portland, OR, USA

June 20, 2013
TOGAF 9.1 and ArchiMate Foundation
Start Dates:
16 May 2013
20 June 2013
18 July 2013
Distance Learning Course (8 lessons)

June 27, 2013
WebVisions Barcelona
27-29 June 2013
Barcelona, Spain

July 09, 2013
UXPA Conference DC 2013
9-12 July 2013 Washington, DC, USA

July 18, 2013
TOGAF 9.1 and ArchiMate Foundation
Start Dates:
16 May 2013
20 June 2013
18 July 2013
Distance Learning Course (8 lessons)

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 discount codes.


IA INSTITUTE 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.

Sr. Product Designer - 5/2/13
Citrix, Santa Barbara, CA USA

Mid-Level UX Designer - 5/2/13
Recruitmentology, London, London GBR

Information Architect - 4/30/13
ByteManagers, Chicago, Illinois USA

Sr. Information Architect - 4/30/13
Confidential, New York & Remote, NY USA

Senior User Experience Designer - 4/30/13
Micros-Retail/Fry, Inc., New York, NY USA

User Experience Designer - 4/30/13
Micros-Retail/Fry, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI USA

Senior User Experience Designer - 4/30/13
Micros-Retail/Fry, Inc., Westmont, IL USA

Ambitious Head of User Experience for Award Winning Publisher - £60-70K - 4/29/13
Zebra People Ltd, London, GBR

UX Designer for Major Comparison Website - 4/29/13
Zebra People, Amsterdam, Amsterdam NLD

Mobile Specialist Senior UX Designer for Leisure Ecommerce Brand - £45-55K - 4/29/13
Zebra People Ltd, Central London, GBR

UX Designer - 4/26/13
Aerotek, Chicago, IL USA

UI Developer - 4/24/13
Beth Myers; Client does not want to be revealed, Seattle, WA USA

Online Catalog Conversion Project Manager - 4/24/13
Confidential, Cleveland, OH USA

Senior Content Strategist - 4/23/13
Critical Mass, Chicago, IL USA


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