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Architecting Reality IAS 2015


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My talk fro IA Summit 2015.

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Architecting Reality IAS 2015

  1. 1. Architecting Reality @KatalogofchaosKat King
  2. 2. Takeaways • We live in a shared ‘reality’ sustained by our continued use of it • Nothing is neutral • We have an ethical duty as information architects to be aware of the structures we are upholding and how they impact our future
  3. 3. Location Alphabet Time Category Hierarchy
  4. 4. • Challenge structures of inequality • Help more people be healthy, happy, have agency over their own lives, and control of their own meanings • Helps people make choices that lead to the above What is Good?
  5. 5. “The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.” -Niels Bohr
  6. 6. Image by Flickr user amanda_freeman If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe. -Carl Sagan
  7. 7. Location Alphabet Time Category Hierarchy
  8. 8. Chaos
  9. 9. Location Alphabet Time Category Hierarchy
  10. 10. REALITY
  11. 11. Thing
  12. 12. Time Location
  13. 13. G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T Photo by Flickr user KentWang Mondrian Netherlands Oil Painting Alphabet
  14. 14. Hierarchy (Formerly Continuum) (Briefly Magnitude)
  15. 15. Category
  16. 16. Category
  17. 17. “Most of our lives are spent joining others in the re- creation of conventional understandings; there is little encouragement to do more, and numerous reasons to remain within familiar realities. –Creel Froman (Language and Power Book I, Section 4.)Image Flickr user funfilledgeorgie
  18. 18. “…there are advantages to some in imposing a language (truth, knowledge) and restricting the creation and circulation of other languages” –Creel Froman (Language and Power, Book I, Section 16) “Consequences of realities affect different people differently, and those advantaged solidify their advantages into structures.” –Creel Froman (Language and Power, Book I, Section 10)
  19. 19. Photo of illustration in How to Make Sense of Any Mess by Abby Covert
  20. 20. From This post by Tumblr user La Negra Barbuda
  21. 21. We have an ethical duty to stop this trash.
  22. 22. @KatalogofchaosKat King