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Talk from World IA Day Ann Arbor 2016 in which I compared information architecture to the creation and communication of a self.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLGipr6Ufco

Talk from World IA Day Ann Arbor 2016 in which I compared information architecture to the creation and communication of a self.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLGipr6Ufco

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The IA of I am

  1. 1. TheIAofIam Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
  2. 2. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 WhoamI? lol, idk
  3. 3. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
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  8. 8. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
  9. 9. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 “Inacoupleofdays,ParisHiltonis goingtojail”
  10. 10. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
  11. 11. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
  12. 12. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
  13. 13. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 “Allyouknowaboutme iswhatIsoldyou”
  14. 14. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
  15. 15. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 #YourFavIsProblematic
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  21. 21. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 “Thestructuralintegrityofmeaningacross contexts” -Jorge Arango
  22. 22. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 Image by Flickr user amanda_freeman Ifyouwishtomakeanapple piefromscratch,youmust firstinventtheuniverse. -Carl Sagan
  23. 23. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 REALITY
  24. 24. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
  25. 25. Location Alphabet Time Category Hierarchy Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
  26. 26. Thing Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
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  28. 28. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 Rosenfeld Media on Flickr
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  32. 32. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 From the Knees of my Nose to the Belly of my Toes - by Alex Chinneck
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  35. 35. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
  36. 36. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 “Thestructuralintegrityofmeaningacross contexts” -Jorge Arango
  37. 37. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 WeareWEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, Democratic)
  38. 38. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 TerrorManagement Maintaining personal meaning in the face of chaos Gunshow comic 648 by KC Green
  39. 39. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 CommitmentandConsistency
  40. 40. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 Embarrassment(andtact)
  41. 41. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 Memoryandnarrative
  42. 42. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 Image Flickr user emdot (False Narrative)
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  46. 46. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 “TheConceptoftruthisnecessarybecauselanguagecan describe(whatobjectsare)andexplain(whatareobjects)in multiple(infinite)ways.Truthisawordusedtomarkthose waysoflanguagingwhichexplainanddescribehowtheworld “really”is(its“reality”).Whichlanguageistakenastruthisa matterofwhichlanguagegetsimposedastheworld.Sincethe constructionoflanguageasmeaningandrealityisahuman phenomenon,carriedoninhumanlyconstructedstructures, theimpositionofonerealityoveranotherisamatterofpower” -Creel Froman
  47. 47. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 DoIcontradictmyself? VerywellthenIcontradictmyself, (Iamlarge,Icontainmultitudes.)
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  53. 53. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
  54. 54. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 WhoamI? lol, idk
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  56. 56. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016
  57. 57. Kat King @Katalogofchaos WIAD Ann Arbor-2016 InformationEverywhere,ArchitectsEverywhere

Editor's Notes

  • Welcome to WIAD!
    this year’s theme “Information Everywhere, Architects everywhere” I think was meant to stimulate some conversations about IA as more than just an circle in UX, or discipline that can help you make good products, or services…
    But the ways we do IA things in areas of our life unrelated to IT work

    Talk to you about the IA of I am by which I mean the ways in we create or communicate a ‘self’ align with what we what we do when we are formally practicing IA.

    This is something I’ve been sort of obsessed with since way before I had the phrase “Information Architecture”
  • It’s common in talks like this for the speaker to open by saying a little about them self, and it seems like it’d be particularly apt in a talk with this title, buuuut, That’s not how it’s gonna go because I don’t have a good anwer.

    If I had a good answer, I wouldn’t have to be so obsessed with this problem

    The problem of what a ‘self’ is, how I know I have one, How I know you have one (do you!?) What the difference is beween aperson and their self, and their meaning, and their identity, and their story… How do the choices I make shape these things, or how do these thing shape the choices I make.

    The “self” what it is, if it is, what it means

    Most of my personal research revolves around this central problem of who am I, and why do I *mean* what is the nature of my existence
  • So I want to turn the question back on you, and ask you who you are.

    Think about: How do you know who you are? Are you facts about where and what your physical body has done? Are you feelings? Are you stories that assume a future? Who do you think other people think you are… ? How did they get ideas about who you are?

    How do you answer the question “who are you?” How does it change depending on who is asking, and when, and where?


    Elevator pitch of your “self” for job recruiters, or first dates, or distant relatives you meet at big weddings…
    (my pitches?)

    If these versions of your answer are different, are you being inauthentic? Or dishonest? Are you manipulating people?

    Let’s give ourselves a break, and think about someone not in this room for a moment.
  • Who is this.

    Tell me about her.

    A good way to start thinking about what’s at stake because the issues are a (extreme, blown up, easier to see) in celebrities, we can all be on the same page maybe, and because none of us have to get too vunerable and think about our own contradictions too much before 10 am on a sat.

  • 2003 – simple life (sex tape)
  • DUI
    Sentenced to 45 days in jail
  • Breakdown
  • Breakdown, why?

    Popular opinion was that she was spoiled, and still trying ot get special treatment, but This… this is true.

    People would have LOVED to see those pictures.
  • Oh no disconnect!
  • She played a version of her self,
    Her public persona was crafted, she architected
    And it’s my contention that she misunderstood how the public “read”

    We all do this, but for Paris (and famous people generally), the stakes are bigger, because there are more people… and because their public meaning, is more likely to get out of hand.
  • Since we (I assume) haven’t even met her, this Tool quote stands for her too right, all we know about here is what we’ve been sold.

  • People are people,

    But they are also representations of people….

    They are symbols, with meaning to us not as complex people

  • Why we don’t like to think about our parents having sex


  • But it also means
    I am a symbol of myself.


  • By talking about What Information Architecture is

    Lot’s of diagrams to situate it as a professional field, but I said I didn’t want to talk about it that way.
  • Meaning! Now were getting somewhere!

    But we’re going to have to figure out what meaning is maybe…

    Remember Paris for a moment, and the problem I suggested, that she misunderstood her meaning.

    It’s subjective, but desire paths…..
  • Always end up having to explain my theory of the universe,

    Important we are on the same page here…
  • It’s all subjective
  • I’ve argued that this is where we perform IA,
  • Discovering what is
    Mental maps
    Tension bands
  • Web navigation=


    How do you see reality?

    (watermelon)
  • Discovering what is
    Mental maps
    Tension bands
  • Dicovering what is
    Mental maps
    Tension bands
  • Understand,,,


    Do, make, communicate.
  • Not just façade,

    But give ppl an idea of what is really there.

  • Architecting even when don’t know it.

  • Going abt life

    Architecting even when don’t know it.
  • Not just tension against other ppl, but also against weight of being.
  • Meaning! Now were getting somewhere!

    But we’re going to have to figure out what meaning is maybe…

    Remember Paris for a moment, and the problem I suggested, that she misunderstood her meaning.

    It’s subjective, but desire paths…..
  • Trait or quality that we mean when we say “self”
  • This stuff matters.
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSfM2cdhGqY
  • Battle for meaning – power
    http://barkpost.com/baby-wolf-and-puppy/
  • Hilton lost control of her meaning,,,


    Number of people….


    Also true of people with less power in a society.
  • Endlessly complex in ways, I don’t even know… but the only way



    Let’s talk about IA for a moment.
  • We’re doing this in real time
  • Tie back to IA, meaning space
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