IA Institute Newsletter - #9.01 2014

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/

IA Institute 2014 Annual Members Meeting in San Diego

Sunday March 30th
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

The IA Institute 2014 Annual Members' Meeting will take place on Sunday, March 30th at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in rooms Nautilus 1-2 (downstairs from IAS14 registration). Our annual meeting takes place concurrently with the Information Architecture Summit, being held in this location from March 26-30.

At the IAI annual meeting, the current board will hand the torch to the new board (see below), and the agenda for the next two years will be discussed with the community. This is the place to have your voice be heard. Please bring your questions and observations or send them to us by email. We are looking for lots of member participation and will have the 2013 Annual Report available.

This year at the IA Summit, the IA Institute and the Journal of Information Architecture also will present the second installment of Reframing Information Architecture: A Round Table Workshop. The 2nd Academics and Practitioners Round Table at the Information Architecture Summit 2014 will be held on Thursday, March 27 and focuses on "Teaching Information Architecture." Visit http://reframe-ia.org for details.

Meet Our Incoming Board of Directors for 2014-2015

We are pleased to welcome the 2015 IA Institute Board of Directors. Full biographies are available on our website.

Abby Covert, President
Dan Romano, Treasurer
Rhonda Ranney, Secretary
Kate Wilhelm, Membership Director
Judy Siegel, Development Director
Erin Stratos, Programming and Events Director
Cassandra Moore, Strategic Planning and Projects Director

Thank you to all who participated in the election. Visit our Elections 2013 site for full details about this year's election, including recent changes and descriptions of the four new board roles.

World IA Day Wrap Up - Thanks, Everyone!


World IA Day 2014 took place on February 15, 2014 at locations all around the world. Despite some global weather issues that closed down Tokyo and threatened a number of sites across the United States, we are happy to report that an estimated 2,250 participants were able to attend the events, and nearly 400 via remote feed, based on preliminary reports. We would like to thank our sponsors, local coordinators and volunteers for making yet another amazing event happen.

Polar Bear Sponsors

Rosenfeld Media
UIE: User Interface Engineering

Grizzly Bear Sponsors

Goldman Sachs
The Understanding Group

Local Coordinators

Buenos Aires, Argentina: Gonzalo Auza
Antwerp, Belgium: Mieke Daniels
S‹o Paulo, Brazil: Ana Coli, Alessandra Nahra, Carolina Leslie
Zagreb, Croatia: Antun Vibak, Vibor Cipan, Darko Čengija
Budapest, Hungary: Kriszti‡n Dutka, Istv‡n Kolozsi, Judit P—nya
Hermoupolis, Syros, Greece: Betty Chatzisavvidou, Athina Chimariou, Efthimios Mavrikas
Tehran, Iran: Mohamadreza Mohamadali, Kaveh Bazargan, Parham Baghestani
Milan, Italy: Antonio De Pasquale
Siracusa, Italy: Viviana Cannizzo, Vincenzo Di Maria, Claudia Busetto
Tokyo, Japan: Satoru Murakoshi (postponed due to snowstorm)
Warsaw, Poland: Anna Swiniarska, Michał Wojtan, Wiesław Kotecki
Bucharest, Romania: Ana-Maria Bogdan
Johannesburg, South Africa: Terence Fenn
Barcelona, Spain: Silvia Calvet
Bristol, United Kingdom: Simon Norris
Ann Arbor, MI, United States: Krishna Vadrevu, Chris Kelley, Somesh Rahul
Chicago, IL, United States: Kamaria Campbell
Charlotte, NC, United States: Garren DiPasquale, Bermon Painter
Des Moines, IA, United States: Scott Kubie
Los Angeles, CA, United States: Lara Federoff
Miami, FL, United States: Ignacio Garcia-Huidobro (cancelled, unfortunately)
New York, NY, United States: Noreen Whysel, Laureano Batista
Portland, OR, United States: Amy Dubin
Washington, DC, United States: Lisa Seaman

And huge thanks to the many, many volunteers and attendees. You all made it a great event.

We understand that there are additional grassroots locations that will host World IA Events in March. Infragistics is hosting on in Cranbury, NJ on March 22nd. If you are hosting a World IA Day or are planning a redux, send us a tweet at @worldiaday and we'll retweet to our followers. Be sure to look for #WIAD and #WIAD14 hashtags on twitter and Flickr images tagged with "World IA Day" for ongoing discussion and event photos.

Visit the World IA Day website to view slide decks, videos and more from each event.

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). Early Bird Rates End February 28th!


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:
February/March 2014
2013 Annual Meeting Coverage
Volume 40, issue 3

December 2013/January 2014
Special Section on Information Policy
Volume 40, issue 2

October/November 2013
Information Architecture Issue (see more below)
Volume 40, issue 1
Vol. 40, No. 1

15 Years of the IA Summit: The Path Ahead
March 26-30, 2014, San Diego, California

It’s a great time for information architecture. Businesses and startups are embracing user experience design. People are being put at the center of design processes. We’re getting strategic about content, and spreading awareness that there’s only one internet behind all these new devices.

How do we make the most of this moment? A moment of opportunity for new designers? Of profound influence for the leaders of our respective disciplines? Of rapid, evolutionary change for all who interact with technology and the web?

Fifteen years ago, at the first iteration of what would become the IA Summit, a group came together around the theme of “Defining Information Architecture”. And they succeeded Ñ not in defining it, necessarily, but in starting a conversation that has continued ever since.

The Information Architecture Summit is a place where journeys begin. We invite you to share yours, and the lessons you’ve learned along the way.

Let’s look forward, together, at the path ahead.

Register now!

RDAP14: Researching Data Access and Preservation Summit
March 26-28, 2014, San Diego, California

The Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 2014 will feature three days of programming with an emphasis on practical approaches to research data management, access, and preservation, including success stories (and lessons learned), innovative research, and resources and tools developed by and for the community. The program will include invited panels and presentations, an interactive poster session, lightning talks, and a hands-on workshop. Keep up with RDAP news by joining our Listserv, following us on Twitter or visiting our Facebook page.

Register now!


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.

Errata: The email version of this newsletter did not include updated information from Boxes & Arrows. February articles are included below. We regret the error.

February 25, 2014
Siri, Chess, and Prostheses: A story about a game, a bit of magic, and human thought.
by Sorin Pintilie
Intelligent machines. There was a time when the mere mention of artificial intelligence was wrapped in constant debate and triggered images of Hollywood-crafted products, like Hal 9000. The concept itself is quite controversial; it challenges human thought as Darwin once challenged human origins. But we moved on, and now we carry these intelligent machines inÉ

February 18th, 2014
We Don't Research. We Build.
by Dan Turner
The following is a composite of experiences I've had in the last year when talking with startups. Some dialog is paraphrased, some is verbatim, but I've tried to keep it as true as possible and not skew it towards anyone's advantage or disadvantage. As professionals in the user-centered design world, we are trained and inclinedÉ

February 11th, 2014
Evolving a Creative Workplace: Step 8 Enjoyment
by Sandy Greene
That old clichŽ isn't true: all good things don't have to come to an end. It's possible to prepare your team for ongoing success and growth, but you have to be smart about how you do it. In this series I've shared what's worked for us at Intuitive Company. How we thought of our teamÉ

February 4th, 2014
Guerrilla Usability at Conferences
by Nick Cawthon
Does your company have display booths at trade shows and conferences? Typically, these are marketing-dominated efforts, but if you make the case to travel, working the booth can be used for user research. Here's how I've done it.


IxDA: Interaction Design Association - 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/event/uxpa-2014-conference.

February 02 2014
by Cory Lebson
President’s Corner (Feb, 2014): Beyond UXPA: Connect with the wider UX world
It goes without saying that we at UXPA want to engage with you. Both UXPA International and our UXPA chapters have a lot to offer. But don’t stop there. If you’re already involved with UXPA, don’t limit yourself to UXPA events or to a single affiliation.

January 19 2014
By Cory Lebson
President’s Corner (Jan, 2014): Looking forward to an amazing year
UXPA has meant a lot to me and has been a professional home to me for the past ten years, first at a local chapter level, and shortly after, at the international level as well. I am very much looking forward to leading UXPA this year, helping to grow an organization that in turn has so much ability to help other user experience professionals along their career journey. This will be a year...

December 09 2013
By Alexey Baykov
45th Anniversary of the Graphical User Interface
Searching the roots to recognize the idea of human-computer interaction. In Memory of: Douglas Carl Engelbart (January 30, 1925 Ð July 2, 2013) Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 Ð October 5, 2011


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. Note that inclusion of commercial tools does not necessarily connote an endorsement by the IA Institute.


We have posted links to ASIS&T's October/November 2013 Bulletin, the long awaited Information Architecture Issue. Articles from Thom Haller, Robert J Glushko, John R. Heffernan, Craig MacDonald and Paula Land are included.

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)


World IA Day 2014
We are beginning to collect links to presentation slides and recordings from the 2014 World IA Day. If you would like to help, please contact us at volunteer@iainstitute.org. If you are a local coordinator and have not yet posted slides and recordings from your event, please do so.


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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.

ƒcole de bibliothŽconomie et des sciences de l'information, UniversitŽ de MontrŽal has an Information Architecture track (Parcours en architecture de l'information) in its Master in Information Science program as well as an annual summer school on information architecture (ƒcole d'ŽtŽ en architecture de l'information). Please note that the information is in French only.



MLIS program:


IA track:


IA summer school (2013 website - Look for the 2014 version soon):



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.

26-30 March 2014
IA Summit 2014
San Diego, CA, USA

27 March 2014
Teaching Information Architecture The 2nd Academics and Practitioners Round Table
San Diego, CA, USA

30 March 2014
IA Institute Annual Members' Meeting
San Diego, CA, USA

2-4 April 2014
WebVisions NYC
New York, NY, USA

4-6 June 2014
LX: User Experience Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal

11-14 June 2014
GIANT Conference
Charleston, SC, USA

21-24 July 2014
UXPA 2014 Conference
London, 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 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 Information Architect - 2/24/14
Axis Technology LLC, Charlotte, NC USA

Global Transparency & Visualization Lead - 2/22/14
Citi, Tampa, FL USA

UX/Interaction Designer - 2/19/14
VitaminT, Raleigh, NC USA

User Experience Architect - 2/18/14
Forum One Communications , Alexandria, Virginia USA

User Experience/User Interface Designer (UX/UI) - 2/14/14
University at Buffalo Office of University Communications, Buffalo, NY USA

Spanish speaking UX Researcher - Contract/ Freelance- London - 2/7/14
IC Creative , London, GBR

Senior UI Developer - TV Focus - SW London - 2/6/14
IC Creative , London, GBR


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