September 2008 Newsletter

IAI Newsletter #3.9 September 2008

The Information Architecture Institute (IAI) Newsletter features news about IAI and our partner's sites: Asist Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, and the Web Indexing SIG. We have also added a list of conferences, workshops, F2Fs, and job postings at the end, so scroll down!

  • IAI News
  • IDEA update
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • What's New with Our Partners?
  • Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
  • New member discount for Smart Experience Courses
  • Online Courses and Programs
  • Job Postings


Hi fellow IAs...

This will be my last newsletter-intro-from-a-Director as it is election time. That means four board positions are available as board members step down or stand for re-election. The way it works is - we take nominations until August 31, have a final nominees list by September 7, then vote between September 8-14. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please do so here (you can nominate more than one person):

For more information on the process:

For a list of current nominees see:

We're also pleased to announce that we have a new Executive Director on board. Paul Goodson joined us this month and will be focusing on helping us get some of our back office functions running smoothly. We'll follow up with our new ED's biography and updates on the great work he's doing in next month's issue.

On the conference front, there are a three exciting events in the next two months. IAI members receive discounts to all these events (and if you aren't a member, do some sums - the discount is more than membership ;)

- Our own conference 'IDEA' is on in early October. Our speakers blogs are buzzing, and other blogs are buzzing about them. Jesse James Garrett has just joined the roster to present on the Aurora Project. All the speakers topics and bios are available on the website. The program is looking fantastic and registration is open:

- OzIA is on September 20 ( ) and EuroIA on September 26 ( ). Both are shaping up to be great events.

And finally, our grants program is open again. Every year we award two $1,000 USD grants for work that forwards the theory and practice of information architecture. It's time to put your application in the hat! More information on the grants program is available at

And even though you won't read another newsletter introduction from me, rest assured that I'll still be around making noise about IA!

Donna Spencer
Treasurer, IAI Board of Directors


The IDEA Program is now available online. See updated bios and presentation descriptions at

What to expect at IDEA?

One hands-on full day workshop offered by Maya Design and two full days of fascinating presentations by designers on the forefront, edges, and fringes of design in an always-on, always-connected world. The IDEA conference is designed for people creating products and services that require users to engage in complex information spaces. This includes information architects, user experience designers, interaction designers, web designers, information designers, game designers... designers in general, really!

Because it's not a large multi-track conference, IDEA is also a great place to network. If you need to hire professionals from any of the above disciplines, or if you are looking for a new career challenge, you have to come to IDEA. Sponsorships are still available, see them at

IAI is also holding a contest for bloggers. Write about IDEA and you could receive a free registration. The contest ends September 1, so enter now! See our registration page for more details on how to enter . We greatly welcome our members' help in getting the word out about IDEA. If you'd like to help our marketing campaign contact idea2008 AT ideaconference DOT org .


IAI is a multinational volunteer organization and all of our projects are the work of an active volunteer community.  Our members supply the ideas, initiative, and energy it takes to provide services to the IA community. Join that effort by taking on a volunteer role today. Contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org if you are interested in any of the following projects or would like to learn more about volunteering.

*LinkedIn Group Coordinators

LinkedIn has improved its services to groups so we want to improve our services to members. Help us make use of LinkedIn's new tools and forums, and get networking! We're sure there's more to LinkedIn than IAI is currently making use of, we need your talent and creativity to make IAI the best group LinkedIn has ever seen

*Project Managers

IAI is seeking project managers to give our volunteer initiatives flow, timelines and bring them to fruition. Work with technical volunteers to establish goals, tasks, and distributions. Translations, Library, Education, and Local Groups are all initiatives with great possibilities that just need someone to watch over the build. Major plus – seeing your work completed and shared on the IAI website! Requires great team skills, flexible schedule, a few hours a week, and love of email. Contact volunteer AT iainstitute DOT org for more information.


ASIS&T Bulletin, Boxes and Arrows, and Web Indexing SIG
ASIS&T Bulletin -

The August/September issue of the Bulletin is not to miss. Guest editor, Stacy Surla (also of the IA Institute's Board of Directors), leads us through the web of information architecture with a special issue dedicated to the field. This issue's articles bridge the divide between taxonomy and user experience and offer guidance on how to "talk taxonomy" to businesses that increasingly understand and want our expertise. 

You will want the full issue, but here is a preview of the topics:
Exploratory Search in Different Information Architectures by Tingting Jiang and Sherry Koshman
Tagging: Emerging Trends by Gene Smith
The Information Architecture Behind Good Web Forms by Luke Wroblewski
Audiences and Artifacts by Nathan Curtis
How to Be a User Experience Team of One by Leah Buley

Boxes and Arrows -
The definitive source for the complex task of bringing architecture and design to the digital landscape.

August features a very special interview with IDEA 2008 speaker Bill DeRouchey by IA Institute volunteer (and IDEA event coordinator) Russ Unger.

IDEA 2008: An Interview with Bill DeRouchey
by Russ Unger
Bill DeRouchey is fascinated with buttons and the history of interface design. He talks to us as he prepares for IDEA 2008, October 7-8. In Chicago, Bill hopes to help attendees expand their sources of inspiration to include just about anything in their everyday lives.

And don't miss Vivek Deshmukh's take on better intra-networking?

People Finder: Searching Without Logic? Improving the People Finder Application
by Vivek Deshmukh
In large organizations, finding people is one of the most common tasks performed on the company intranet. Instead of settling for the typical, unforgiving people search, take Vivek Deshmukh's advice on how to really help staff find one another.

Web Indexing SIG:

The Web Indexing SIG (Special Interest Group) promotes the human indexing of Web sites and HTML documents.

There is a new addition to the The Web Indexing SIG's list of articles at . The June issue (vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 71-78) of /The Indexer/ ( published by the Society of Indexers, UK) contains and article by Ilana Kingsley entitled "The Usability of Academic Library Website Indexes: An Investigation." For a reprint of the full text, contact either the author or the journal's editor, Maureen MacGlashan at editor AT theindexer DOT org   



Events on the IAI Calendar website offer discounts to members. We are always looking for new partners and events we can share with our membership and newsletter subscribers. If you would like to promote your event, please contact events AT iainstitute DOT org. The Calendar is bursting with events, check out the full listings online!

The third annual IDEA Conference, the IA Institute's own take on design for an always-on, always-connected world, is coming to Chicago this fall.

IDEA Conference
October 7-8, 2008
Pre-conference October 6, 2008
Chicago, USA

Speakers & Program:


OZ-IA 2008
September 20-21, 2008
Sydney, Australia

Over the weekend of 20th/21st September 2008 there will be a conference on information architecture in Sydney, Australia. We plan a packed schedule of speaker presentations, panels, workshops, and networking activities. IAI members receive a special discount of $110 off registration.

You have to see the schedule to believe it!


Enterprise Search Summit West
September 23-24, 2008
San Jose, CA, USA

The Information Architecture Institute ( is proud to sponsor this year's Enterprise Search Summit West (ESS West), September 23-24, 2008 in San Jose, California. ESS West is the only conference dedicated to complete coverage of the enterprise search industry.


EuroIA 2008
September 26-17, 2008
Amsterdam, Netherlands

This year Euro IA Summit will explore the theme of "Redrawing the Map", both between countries and online - from forging new international alliances to adapting traditional deliverables to the needs of a Web 2.0 world. Keynote speaker Adam Greenfield and a host of speakers focusing on topics in global design.



Intelligent Leadership Training For Information Architecture
December 08, 2008
Cambridge, MA, USA

The Science and Technology Leadership Institute Presents Intelligent Leadership Training For Information Architecture. The most important strategies skills to lead technical groups and teams, improve awareness and communications, partner more effectively with customers, and improve overall leadership performance IAI members receive a special discount of $400 off the registration price. Contact membership AT iainstitute DOT org for the IAI member exclusive registration link. Or login into the IAI Member Center and go to Member Discounts Section for your link.


NEW PARTNER: Smart Experiences for IAI members!

Smart Experience is offering IA Institute members 10% off these fall workshops contact membership AT iainstitute DOT org for the discount code or login into the IAI Member Center and go to Member Discounts Section for your link.

Web Navigation Design

James Kalbach, author of the 2007 O'Reilly book 'Designing Web Navigation', teaches his only U.S. workshop this year. This day-long class covers principles of web navigation and methods of navigation design with practical examples and exercises.

Tuesday, November 25, 9am - 5pm

Interaction Design For Rich Internet Applications (RIAs)

By popular demand, expert interaction designer David Malouf's seminar returns, exploring the most important issues surrounding the web’s most sophisticated applications.

Thursday, October 16, 9am - 5pm

Sketching For Interaction Design

Dave Malouf, co-founder and former VP of the Interaction Design Association, leads this 1-day seminar and workshop created to teach people what sketching really is all about, why it's powerful, and how you can bring it into your daily practice as a User Experience Professional.

Friday, October 17, 9am - 5pm

Designing Competitive and Innovative Business Models

At this workshop you will master a simple but powerful and systematic approach to understanding, analyzing, designing and changing business models. You will acquire the skills and tools necessary to apply the approach immediately to your business projects in your own particular competitive environment. Taught by Alex Osterwalder, a specialist in business model design visiting from Switzerland.

Friday, October 10, 10:30am - 6:30pm



Creating Web Site Indexes online workshop
October 1-31, 2008
Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Continuing Education Program
Price $250. Open to the public.
Information at:

Registration information at:

Additional details on the instructor's web site:



The IAI Job Board lists job postings related to information architecture, as well as information design, interaction design, user experience, and HCI.

This month's newsletter features jobs in the Chicago and NYC areas, visit our website for more postings from around the globe:

User Interface Design Lead
JPMorgan Chase, Chicago, IL USA

Visual Interaction Designer
IDEO, Evanston, IL USA

Design Communicator  
liquidnet, New York, NY USA

Job board newsletter archives are available at:


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