IA Institute Newsletter - #9.02 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!

A request from the new board of directors:

As the new board prepares to begin their term April 1st, there are several research and strategic efforts starting up. The first is a set of user research activities that will be carried out by students in Pratt Institute's School of Information & Library Science program.

To kick off this project, Samantha Raddatz and Kate Merlie have created a simple survey to help us find out what our members would like to see from the institute.

Please take a moment and answer their brief survey. This will help to start off our new board team with some fresh and actionable user insights (while also helping these awesome students with their homework)

Help us to spread out their reach! The survey is segmented to capture responses from non members as well so we can get a sense of what new comers might be after. If you would, please share this short link via social media and ask for participation from any interested members of your own network: http://bit.ly/IAISurvey

Join Us at the Annual Meeting

As a point of tradition and pride, our annual meeting takes place concurrently with the Information Architecture Summit. This year is the 15th Annual IA Summit is being held in sunny San Diego, CA from March 26-30.

At the IAI annual meeting, the current board of directors will hand the torch to the new board, 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 directly following the meeting.

The IA Institute 2014 Annual Members' Meeting will take place on Sunday, March 30th at at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina in rooms Nautilus 1-2 (downstairs from IA Summit registration desk).

Also at the IA Summit...

This year at the IA Summit, the IA Institute and the Journal of Information Architecture will present the second installment of Reframing Information Architecture: A Round Table Workshop This Academics and Practitioners Round Table will be held on Thursday, March 27 and focuses on "Teaching Information Architecture."

Visit http://reframe-ia.org for details.

2013 IA Salary and Benefits Survey Released

2013-Salary-Survey-thumbnailResults from the 2013 IA Salary and Benefits Survey are now available!

The Information Architecture Institute conducts an annual salary survey to capture information on compensation, daily work habits and demographics of information architecture practitioners. Summary data, as well as open-ended responses are presented, helping formulate questions for next year's survey. The most recent Salary Survey as well as past years surveys can be found online at http://iainstitute.org. Please send any feedback or requests toinfo@iainstitute.org.

The 2013 IAI Salary Survey was conducted from July to November 2013. Members of the IA InstituteIxDA and sigia-l were invited to participate. A link to the survey was also promoted via the IA Institute homepage, newsletter and Twitter account. A total of 149 responses were collected. Respondents who did not enter a salary range were filtered out for salary calculation purposes. You may download the expanded results at expanded results (XLS Document, 211KBXLS 211KB). We remain a relatively small community, so we removed city data from the results due to concerns about the privacy of individuals in places where a small, easily identifiable population of respondents live. A list of cities is available in the full survey download (PDF Document, 1.1MBPDF 1.1MB) and a narrower analysis by location is available by request.

Since respondents gave us a salary range instead of an exact salary figure, it is impossible to estimate a true average or median salary. In our analysis, we have estimated the median for various data points by taking the midpoint of the salary range a person selected and then averaging that figure for various data points, eliminating the "Over $200,000" and "Under $10,000" groups, which do not have a midpoint. We also present median salary estimates, based on midpoints, for comparison purposes, but it is better to read the survey results in terms of a percentage that falls within a range rather than thinking in terms of a specific salary.



New Member Discounts for Intersection14 in Paris


IA Institute is pleased to announce a new member discount for Intersection 14 in Paris, 16-17 April 2014. Register: http://intersectionconf.com

In April 2014, Information Architects and User Experience practitioners will get together with peers from related disciplines for two days of exchange and inspiration.

The first INTERSECTION conference for Strategic Enterprise Design will be held in Paris (France) on April 16-17, and feature a unique lineup of talks, cases and master classes on cross-cutting concerns in the enterprise context: designing services, interactions and brand experiences, architecting organisation, processes and information, and bridging the gaps between design and systems thinking.

A limited number of Early Bird tickets is on sale right now, afterwards IA Institute members enjoy a 20% discount on the regular tickets using the code NUUUUUMA.


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

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 — 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.

11 March 2014

Managing Website Accounts in Cross-Platform Contexts
by Will Hacker
So you want to extend your website’s account management features to mobile devices. Well you’re not alone; most major websites today have cross-platform accounts and profiles that make for a more engaging and cohesive user experience. And many sites enable account management features on mobile devices. After all, you want people to be able to…

25 February 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 in…
18 February 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 inclined…


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.

The top winners were announced at the Interaction Awards Celebration and Interaction14 closing party, sponsored by Microsoft. For a full list of winners, visit http://ixda.org/awards.


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


Design leaders gather at SEGD Well conference to transform patient experiences through innovation and branding.

The Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) will bring together Cincinnati's leaders in design, architecture and healthcare for a two-day conference focused on wellness, healing environments, and the role of design in improving the overall patient experience. SEGD Well: Healthcare Innovation Workshop is set for Thursday, March 20, at 9 a.m. through Friday, March 21, at 5 p.m. at the University of Cincinnati's Live Well Collaborative.

For more information and to register, visit http://segd.org/2014well.

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.

13 March 2014
Susan Farrell and Jakob Nielsen publish free User Experience Careers report
On March 11, Susan Farrell announced the publication of a report about User Experience Careers, based on a survey of people working in interaction design, user experience research, and information architecture.  According to Susan, they hope that the report "will be useful to students, academic advisors, or people interviewing for UX Positions".  The report answers the question "What is...

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10 March 2014
2014 UXPA Salary Survey Launches!

It's time for the bi-annual UXPA Salary Survey! The User Experience Professionals Association periodically surveys the UXPA membership and others in the user experience field to learn more about who we are, where we work and what we do. Please give us 10 to 15 minutes of your time to help improve the user experience industry by adding your data to this anonymous and confidential survey....
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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.


Eye Tracking the User Experience: A Practical Guide to Research
by Aga Bojko

A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences
Whitney Quesenbery and Susan Horton


Origami (2014)
Origami is a free toolkit for Quartz Composer—created by the Facebook Design team—that makes interactive design prototyping easy and doesn’t require programming.


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.

20 March 2014
Architecture and Interactions
Grand Rapids, MI and live stream

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

27 March 2014
School Leadership Summit
Online Webinar

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

31 March to 2 April 2014
ClickZ Live
New York, NY, USA

03-04 April 2014
WebVisions NYC
New York, NY, USA

07-09 April 2014
Computers in Libraries
Washington, DC, USA

07-09 May 2014
WebVisions Portland
Portland, OR, USA

04-06 June 2014
LX: User Experience Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal

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

19-21 June 2014
WebVisions Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

21-24 July 2014
UXPA 2014 Conference
London, UK

25-26 September 2014
WebVisions Chicago
Chicago, IL, USA

24-25 October 2014
WebVisions Berlin
Berlin, Germany

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.

Senior UX Designer - 3/15/14 
Granular, San Francisco, CA USA

UI/UX Designer - 3/13/14 
Rodan+Fields, San Francisco, CA USA

Information Architect - 3/12/14 
Ricoh Americas Corporation, Chicago, IL USA

Category Analyst - 3/12/14 
Etsy, Brooklyn, NY USA

UXD Producer-Program Manager - 3/11/14 
Fidelity Investments, Jersey City, NJ USA

Director, User Experience Research - 3/11/14 
Fidelity Investments, Jersey City, NJ USA

Director, User Experience Research - 3/11/14 
Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA USA


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