Letter from our Board of Directors - November 2008

November 2008

Greetings fellow members,

It's been a very busy month at the InstituteÉ we had our yearly Board of Directors changing of the guard, and shortly thereafter hosted our third IDEA conference. Read along for the detailsÉ

New Board of Directors

In late September we had our yearly election for new Directors. Andrew Hinton, Livia Labate and Russ Unger joined continuing Board members Peter Boersma, Christian Crumlish, Stacy Surla, and myself to constitute the 2008-2009 Board of Directors. We welcome Andrew, Livia and Russ, as we bid farewellÑwith heartfelt thanksÑto outgoing Board members Donna Maurer, Eric Reiss, and Sarah Rice.

During the weeks leading up to the election, we got feedback from members of the Institute urging us to be more open and transparent. The new Board has spent the last month getting organized, and setting forth initiatives to achieve more openness, transparency, and a more participatory ethos in the Institute. You'll be hearing more from us soon in this regard.

IDEA 2008

In early October, the Institute hosted the third edition of IDEA, our yearly conference about the issues that affect designers of complex information spaces. The conference, which was held in Chicago's beautiful Harold Washington Library, was our most successful yet: we exceeded last year's attendance by more than 50%. We also got very positive feedback from conference attendees. Apart from being a valuable opportunity to discuss the issues that affect IAs, IDEA is also an important source of income for the Institute. I'm happy to report that in this regard we were also considerably more successful than last year: profit from was up more than 140% over the 2007 edition.

IDEA 2008 featured a terrific roster of speakers from a wide variety of different fields, including Dave Gray, Jesse James Garrett, Jason Fried, and many others. Boxes and ArrowsÑone of the sponsors of the conferenceÑhas published audio versions of the presentations in their podcast. If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to check them out at http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/idea-2008

A very hearty "thank you!" to everyone who helped make the conference a success: speakers, attendees, sponsors, IAI staff, directors, andÑmost especiallyÑour volunteers. IDEA, like most of the Institute's initiatives, is a volunteer-driven event. We are very grateful to the volunteers that made the conference possible: Ulrike Anders, Chuck Ashman, Sarah Beckley, Mario Bourque, Teresa Canna, Cindy Chastain, Greg Corrin, Liz Danzico, Gail Gammel, Patricia Garcia, Ian Haider, Whitney Hess, Anna Kalata Wilkins, Laurie Kalmanson, Grace Lau, Linda Nakasone, Yulia Nemchinova, Jeff Parks, Sarah Rice, Sam Spicer, Beck Tench, Russ Unger, Melissa Weaver, Neena Weng, and Noreen Whysel.

To find our more about IDEA 2008, please visit http://ideaconference.org. And stay tuned as we refine our plans for the 2009 edition of the conference.


Jorge Arango
President, IA Institute Board of Directors

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