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Why
Information
Architecture
Christina Wodtke
Lecturer, Stanford University
We are in Crisis. What is an
appropriate response?
Tenshin Reb Anderson,
dharma talk at Green Gulch
Farm
http://sfzc.org/w...
Trigger
Warning
Discussion of race, gender, strong
language
Information Architecture
is dead
Once upon a time there
was a girl in San Francisco
who painted and waited
tables…
I was hired to
manage a
catalog.
I became an
IA without
knowing.
There is a tsunami of data that is
crashing onto the beaches of the
civilized world. This is a tidal wave
of unrelated, gr...
There is a new breed of graphic
designers, exhibition designers,
illustrators and
photographers, whose passion it is
to ma...
We started an
institute because
believed IA was a
“refuge” from the
tsunami
DTDT
Organization of information for
• Retrieval
• Understanding
• Use
IA was so
forgotten, a
taxonomy talk
at Interactions
was not seen
as IA.
The Second
Information
Tsunami:
Small Data
EXPLORE DAVE GRAY'S 15149
PHOTOS ON FLICKR!
46,604 PHOTOS
JOINED 2004
RESPOND TO YOUR 94 FRIEND
REQUESTS
140 RECEIVED INVITATIONS
2,805 - YOUR CONNECTIONS
From
Technically
Wrong, by
Sara
Wachter-
Boettcher
Algorithms are rulesets
designed by people
People make mistakes. People can fix mistakes.
“We don’t need IA”
Because search
Search fails us, when
we look for our most
precious processions:
our memories.
Where are our
photos?
Classification Has
Consequences
Compartment T
Levi Mousaw
I am Gender-fluid
I started Women
Talk Design to
prove Women
deserved to be on
the stage of
experts.
But when I raised
money for interns to
research, I found it
was more
complicated.
IA is not enough alone.
Interaction design is not
enough, alone.
Online is nto enough,
alone.
Offline is not enough,
alone...
Our Job
To make it be good
1. Meaningful and
inclusive classification
Trigger Warnings
2. Models for
understanding
From my work on compassionate teams
And compassionate feedback
3. Interaction Design
and
Information Architecture
for richer understanding
Watch: The best stats
you've ever seen |
Hans Rosling
4. Tell your own stories
When we are vulnerable, and honest and real, people listen.
There is always an
Information Architecture
Who is designing it?
Creating
Information Architecture
is a political act.
Whose politics?
Trinity: A Graphic History
of the First Atomic Bomb:
Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
Don’t boil the ocean.
Small things
• Learn Information Architecture (it matters more than ever)
• Support journalism. Pay for it.
• Question cat...
Thank
You
@cwodtke | me@cwodtke.com
www.cwodtke.com
CHRISTINA WODTKE
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Thoughts on what it means to do Information Architecture, and what it means do do it "for good."

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  1. 1. Why Information Architecture Christina Wodtke Lecturer, Stanford University
  2. 2. We are in Crisis. What is an appropriate response? Tenshin Reb Anderson, dharma talk at Green Gulch Farm http://sfzc.org/we-are-in-crises-what-is-an- appropriate-response
  3. 3. Trigger Warning Discussion of race, gender, strong language
  4. 4. Information Architecture is dead
  5. 5. Once upon a time there was a girl in San Francisco who painted and waited tables…
  6. 6. I was hired to manage a catalog. I became an IA without knowing.
  7. 7. There is a tsunami of data that is crashing onto the beaches of the civilized world. This is a tidal wave of unrelated, growing data formed in bits and bytes, coming in an unorganized, uncontrolled, incoherent cacophony of foam. ~Richard Saul Wurman in Information Architects
  8. 8. There is a new breed of graphic designers, exhibition designers, illustrators and photographers, whose passion it is to make the complex clear…. ~Richard Saul Wurman in Information Architects
  9. 9. We started an institute because believed IA was a “refuge” from the tsunami
  10. 10. DTDT Organization of information for • Retrieval • Understanding • Use
  11. 11. IA was so forgotten, a taxonomy talk at Interactions was not seen as IA.
  12. 12. The Second Information Tsunami: Small Data
  13. 13. EXPLORE DAVE GRAY'S 15149 PHOTOS ON FLICKR!
  14. 14. 46,604 PHOTOS JOINED 2004
  15. 15. RESPOND TO YOUR 94 FRIEND REQUESTS
  16. 16. 140 RECEIVED INVITATIONS 2,805 - YOUR CONNECTIONS
  17. 17. From Technically Wrong, by Sara Wachter- Boettcher
  18. 18. Algorithms are rulesets designed by people People make mistakes. People can fix mistakes.
  19. 19. “We don’t need IA” Because search
  20. 20. Search fails us, when we look for our most precious processions: our memories. Where are our photos?
  21. 21. Classification Has Consequences
  22. 22. Compartment T
  23. 23. Levi Mousaw
  24. 24. I am Gender-fluid
  25. 25. I started Women Talk Design to prove Women deserved to be on the stage of experts.
  26. 26. But when I raised money for interns to research, I found it was more complicated.
  27. 27. IA is not enough alone. Interaction design is not enough, alone. Online is nto enough, alone. Offline is not enough, alone. We need complete solutions.
  28. 28. Our Job To make it be good
  29. 29. 1. Meaningful and inclusive classification
  30. 30. Trigger Warnings
  31. 31. 2. Models for understanding
  32. 32. From my work on compassionate teams
  33. 33. And compassionate feedback
  34. 34. 3. Interaction Design and Information Architecture for richer understanding
  35. 35. Watch: The best stats you've ever seen | Hans Rosling
  36. 36. 4. Tell your own stories When we are vulnerable, and honest and real, people listen.
  37. 37. There is always an Information Architecture Who is designing it?
  38. 38. Creating Information Architecture is a political act. Whose politics?
  39. 39. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb: Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
  40. 40. Don’t boil the ocean.
  41. 41. Small things • Learn Information Architecture (it matters more than ever) • Support journalism. Pay for it. • Question categories. Our mental models aren’t always right. • Learn to draw ideas. You’ll think better. • Be kind every day. Even when it’s hard.
  42. 42. Thank You @cwodtke | me@cwodtke.com www.cwodtke.com CHRISTINA WODTKE

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