IA Institute Newsletter - #8.10 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
IA Library Additions
Schools Teaching IA Additions
Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
IA Institute Job Postings

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

Nominations Open for IA Institute Board of Directors 2014-2015

Nominations for seven open Board of Directors seats for the 2014-2015 period are now open and will be accepted until November 29. As discussed in a recent new release, the IA Institute has revised its board makeup and election procedures. Nominations are now for specific roles within the Board, including three mandated, executive roles: President, Secretary and Treasurer and four newly-defined, non-executive roles: Development Director, Membership Director, Director of Programming & Events and Director of Strategic Planning & Projects. Visit our website to view a list of target="_blank">Board Roles and Responsibilities.

target="_blank">Nominate someone to the IA Institute Board (Surveymonkey form)

The election will be held December 16-23. Candidate position statements and biographies will be posted to this website as soon as we receive their materials. Nominees have the right to accept or decline candidacy for these positions.

For information on the election process please visit the Election 2013 page. Please direct any questions to election2013@iainstitute.org.

World IA Day Location Websites Are Now Online!


Save the Date: February 15th

World IA Day 2014 location pages are now available! We have 23 sites this year on six continents. Contact local coordinators to submit speaker proposals, sponsor local activities, discounts or goodie bag inserts and to find out how you can volunteer at one of these sites:

World IA Day 2014 updates will be posted through Facebook and >Twitter. Look for local WIAD Twitter feeds to stay up to date. Learn more about the conference at: worldiaday.org.

New Member Discounts: UX-Lx and GIANT Conferences

The IA Institute is pleased to announce member discounts for Ux-Lx in Lisbon and GIANT Conference in Charleston, both coming in June. Plan early! Visit the Member Center for discount information.


4-6 June 2014
Lisbon, Portugal
UX Lx: User Experience Lisbon

Come to sunny Lisbon for 16 hands-on workshops to hone up your skills and 10 inspiring talks from thought leaders in the field. Apply for one of the 10 talk slots to share your experiences. After hours, meet fellow UX Pros from all over the world in our great parties and meetups.

IA Institute Members Discount:

10% discount on the UX Lx: User Experience Lisbon conference, Europe's Greatest Event for User Experience Professionals (www.ux-lx.com).

Claim Process:
To claim your discount book online at https://www.ux-lx.com/register.html and enter the discount code "IAIUXLX”.

UX Lx is presented by Ideias e Imagens, Portugal's top UX Consultancy. We handle research, information architecture, interaction design and perform usability and accessibility evaluations.


11-14 June 2014
Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Charleston Music Hall
Upstairs at Ru De Jean
American Theater

GIANT Conference is an event that brings together world-class speakers and talented professionals to talk about creating rad experiences and how to make those experiences even radder.

It's coming to Charleston, South Carolina June 11-14, 2014 for four days of sessions about user experience, visual design, information architecture, branding, music, e-commerce, retail and more. Oh, and there'll be free beer. 

Check the Member Center for a 10% discount code (to be activated on December 15).



2013 IA Institute Salary and Benefits Survey

Now through November 30:
Participate in the 2013 IA Institute Salary and Benefits Survey:


Last year's report is available at:



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.
Current Issue
October/November 2013
Vol. 40, No. 1
Full Text: PDF (Size: 2.1mb)

This month is the long-awaited Information Architecture Issue! Articles from Thom Haller, Robert J Glushko, John R. Heffernan, Craig MacDonald and Paula Land.

Information Architecture

Information Architects:  What We Do and How We Learn
by Thom Haller, associate editor for information architecture
Full Text: PDF (Size: 85k)

The Discipline of Organizing
by Robert J. Glushko
Full Text: PDF (Size: 223k)

Learning and Teaching Information Architecture:  The Current State of IA Education
by Craig M. MacDonald
Full Text: PDF (Size: 269k)

What Sticks:  Reflections from 15 Years as an IA Instructor
by Thom Haller
Full Text: PDF (Size: 168k)

The Strategic Action:  Information Architecture in Platform Migrations
by John R. Heffernan
Full Text: PDF (Size: 85k)

Migrations:  Not Just for Developers Any More 
by Paula Land
Full Text: PDF (Size: 92k) 


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.

An Open Letter to Project Managers (12 November 2013)
by Michael Lai
Dear Project Managers, It has been a very enjoyable experience working with everyone over the last couple of months and sharing our ideas on UX design. The various discussions about user interface, product usability, and user engagement have been an enlightening experience for me as well, and it is very positive to see that everyone…

Evolving a Creative Workplace: Step 1 Introduction and Preparation (5 November 2013)

by Sandy Greene
When a company or team experiences rapid growth, it’s exciting. But more often than not, that success comes with a price. Behind the scenes, leadership is faced with the challenge of frantically filling positions to meet the escalating client demand, teams are asked to gel quickly and work around the clock to hit client deadlines,…

Context matters: Using eye-tracking to test email marketing (29 October 2013)
by Maciej Płonka and Justyna Janik
What makes a marketing e-mail or newsletter efficient? One can judge, for instance, by the number of users that opened the message or clicked on a specified element representing primary action, such as a product link or button. Those indicators measure user engagement precisely; however, they are limited to the last phase of interaction with…


IxDA: Interaction Design Assocation - http://www.ixda.org
IxDA is a global network dedicated to the professional practice of Interaction Design. The IxDA network provides an online forum for the discussion of interaction design issues and other opportunities and platforms for people who are passionate about interaction design to gather and advance the discipline.

IxDA's signature event, Interaction 14, is 5-8 February, 2014 in Amsterdam. Interaction14 will explore the wide diversity of interaction design practices and seek inspiration from related disciplines. Four days of workshops, presentations and social events. Join us and let Amsterdam inspire you.


Society for Experiential Graphic Design - http://www.segd.org
A multidisciplinary community creating experiences that connect people to place.

Our partner SEGD has announced a new name change. In a move that acknowledges the role of experience, new media, and technology in the future of design, SEGD-the multidisciplinary design community whose members create experiences that connect people to place-has added "Experiential" to its descriptor and mission.

SEGD's Board of Directors recently voted to change SEGD's descriptor from Society for Environmental Graphic Design to Society for Experiential Graphic Design.

Read more at: http://www.segd.org/news/5301/segd-looks-forward-with-new-descriptor.html

Download the SEGD events schedule for 2014: http://gallery.mailchimp.com/fc57fa0bc131f42aa1b0a2495/files/14_segd_event_outlook_lo.pdf


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.

The London UXPA 2014 conference site is now available at http://2014.uxpa.org.

14 November 2013
President's Corner Blog #2: Announcing the new UXPA Membership Model

10 November 2013
>Presidents Corner Blog: Bylaws and governance changes

4 November 2013
UXPA2014 is 21-24 July, 2014. Be part of it.


NEW LIBRARY ADDITIONS - >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.


Information Architecture: Beyond Web Sites, Apps, and Screens (UX Matters, 1 November 2013)
By Nathaniel Davis


960 Grid System
Nathan Smith's 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem.


SCHOOLS TEACHING IA - http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/education/schools_teaching_ia.php
A Listing of institutions worldwide that offer courses and full degree programs dedicated to or including courses on information architecture.

Sheridan College, Toronto, Canada
Bachelor of Design

OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
Inclusive Design (MDES)
Digital Futures Initiative
Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design


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

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.

18-22 November 2013
Global Education Conference
FREE Virtual Conference

19-20 November 2013
Online Information UK
London, UK

21 November 2013
TOGAF 9.1 and ArchiMate Foundation
8 Week Online Course

2 December 2013
UXconnect Presents Dan Klyn and Shari Thurow on IA Concepts and Applications
Online webinar

19 December 2013
TOGAF 9.1 and ArchiMate Foundation
8 Week Online Course

5-8 February 2014
Interaction 14
Amsterdam, Netherlands

15 February 15, 2014
World IA Day 2014
1 Day. 23 Cities

24-25 February 2014
CFP - Symposium on Communicating Complex Information (SCCI)
Greenville, NC, USA

4-6 June 2014
Lisbon, Portugal

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.

User Experience Designer - 11/11/13 
Medtronic, MOUNDS VIEW, MN - Minnesota USA
UI/UX Designer - 11/11/13 
Six Red Marbles, Boston, MA USA

Experience Architecture, Tenure System (Posting 8590) - 11/11/13 
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan USA

User Experience Designer - 11/6/13 
Medtronic , Mounds View , MN USA

Experience Architecture, Tenure System (Posting 8590) - 11/4/13 
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI USA

User Experience Designer - 10/31/13 
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA USA

Senior Information Architect (User Experience Group) - 10/30/13 
Trimble Navigation , Christchurch, NZL


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