What is Information Architecture (IA) Systemically? a quick summary with a brief example... David J. Walczyk, Ed.D. Art | Design | Consciousness email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org New York University
Richard Saul Wurmancoined the term “Information Architecture” “The individual who organizes the patterns inherent in data, making the complex clear; a person who creates the structure or map of information which allows others to ﬁnd their personal paths to knowledge; the emerging 21st century professional occupation addressing the needs of the age focused upon clarity, human understanding and the science of the organization of information.”
Organizationally Organizational Strategy | A deliverable A person ‘User Needs | Content• Mediator • Site map • Wireframes• User-advocate • Interaction design• Helps form and hold • Presentation project vision • Etc...• Translator• Etc... Design Technology
Four interrelated systems 1. Organizational System 2. Labeling System Organizational Strategy ‘User’ Needs Content 3. Navigational System 4. Layout SystemThese systems are INTRINSICALLY related and driven by the interrelationship of (1) Organizational Strategy, (2) ‘User’ Needs, and (3) Content.
A systemic and recursive process Organizational Strategy | ‘User’ Needs | Content Information Navigation/ organization/ Task completion/ Site Map Interaction Graphic Labeling Wireframes Task analysis (if possible) Design Design Content Strategy Testing Revisions Many ways! This is just one! IMPORTANT: Bad IA/UX is the norm because the design is not treatedsystemically as a recursive process driven by a holistic understanding of organizational goals,‘user’ needs, and content.