Information Architecture (IA)

Information Layers Model from Karl Fast

On SIGIA, Karl Fast proposed a rough 5 layered model for information. The layers are content, metadata, semantic, representational, and interaction.

Librarians kick ass on the metadata and semantic layers. They suck on the representational and interaction layers.

Lou Rosenfeld and Steve Krug roadshow.

They're each offering full day workshops in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Chicago. Krug's are the day after Rosenfeld's.

Lou's tackling the ugly problem of creating unified IA across departments and business units in large organizations in Enterprise IA: Because Users Don't Care About Your Org Chart and Steve offers Don't Make Me Think: The Workshop

I'm particularly impressed by Steve's comment about Lou's workshop:

If you're involved in a large, politics-ridden enterprise site (does the word “silo” ring a bell?), you owe it to yourself and your company to spend a day with Lou—even more than with me.

Selling Information Architecture The Right Way

In A User-Centered Approach to Selling Information Architecture, over at Digital-Web, Jeff Lash gives a great article on not only the selling of IA, but in effect putting the goals and needs of the client first.

IA around the world.

AIFIA is starting an initiative, managed by Peter Van Dijck, to try and promote, educate and generally talk about IA in an international context. If you would like to get involved with the discussion, point your browser to the Aifia-translation -- international information architecture discussion list.

Reversible is a site that automatically links back to anyone who links to it. There are some implications for this on the Reversible about page.

It has elements of a blog, a directory, a wiki, and more. Definitely an interesting effort in bottom-up categorization, for one thing. And I'm not sure how I can link to a page that I'm interested in, without also being included in that page...this is an issue, since pages act sort of like nodes in a hierarchy, and and so linking to a page implies that my linking page is a member of that node.

That means that appropriate places to link would be,,, and

We'll see what kind of emergent patterns reveal themselves in a week or two.

Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture v-2 interview

Adam interviews Karl Fast, John Zapolski and Jeff Lash to address some unanswered questions about the Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture and to discuss what it has accomplished thus far and where it's going.

The Future of Information Architecture: Part II (aifia)

Please help identify important trends and possible futures for information architecture by responding to this AIfIA survey. The results will be shared on the site and analyzed in the upcoming IA Leadership Seminar at the ASIS&T IA Summit. update: This survey is now closed. Thanks to all who participated! - jess

AIfIA to Host Leadership Seminar March 21 in Portland

AIfIA is holding its first Leadership Seminar on March 21 in Portland. It's a full-day event--presented in conjunction with the ASIS&T IA Summit -- that promises to tackle "the toughest problems faced by the designers of today's information systems." The AIfIA web site has complete details on the seminar, speakers and topics.

"Blueprints for the web" - A review

I just finished reading "Blueprints for the web" and wrote down my thoughts about it.

IA in Italiano

Eric pointed some AIfIA folks to the site. Wow, I might get to use that 2 semesters of Italian I took.

Making Cents from Information Architecture

Article on the value of IA by Alan K'necht in Digital Web.

When it comes to Web development, everybody has taken short cuts over the years. This holds especially true when working on low budget projects. One of the most costly short cuts is skipping the development of a sound and highly functional information architecture (IA). While this short cut may take several forms, failure to devote enough resources and to document it properly will cost the owner of the Web site more than just a few cents.

ASIST IA Summit 2003, Portland Oregon

Going to the ASIST IA Summit 2003 in Portland Oregon? The conference web site is up.

Understanding Information Architecture

Christina pointed to this article in Online Journalism Review.

Most journalists who have made the jump to working online are familiar with the experience of being told by some black-clad San Francisco hipster that they're doing everything wrong. Jesse James Garrett lives in San Francisco, and admits to having a black-only wardrobe. What's more, he is an Information Architect, a member of a discipline that has a reputation for being a preserve of the hipper-than-thou. So it came as a bit of a shock when he told me that he thinks "journalism still has more to teach information architecture than information architecture has to teach journalism."

Questions Information Architects Ask (London, 11/02)

More questions IAs ask from Lou Rosenfeld's tour with NN/g. This set is from his London stop.

Future of Information Architecture

Results from a survey of IAs taken by the Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture in January 2003.

The decisions we make today are influenced by our implicit assumptions about tomorrow. During these turbulent times, all of us can benefit by asking the difficult questions and sharing insights. This survey is part of an effort to identify important trends and possible futures for information architecture. Results will be analyzed during the upcoming Leadership Seminar.

We're #5!

Christina pointed to Challis Hodge's informal survey of job titles that returned results on Google. IA is #5.

Dublin Core Conference 2003

Just saw the call for papers for the 2003 Dublin Core Conference(Seattle, WA) that will be held September 29 - October 2, 2003.

Questions Information Architects Ask (New York, 11/02)

Lou posts the questions he received during th NN/g tour.

Margaret Hanley and I taught yet another round of IA seminars for the Nielsen Norman Group in November, these in New York City and London. As usual, we asked attendees to write down their burning IA questions on index cards. And as usual, we're sharing them with you below. These might be helpful if you're preparing an IA seminar yourself, or, if nothing else, they're an interesting snapshot of what folks were interested in during late 2002.

2003 predictions

Prognostication Digitalis: Boxes and Arrows authors make predictions for 2003. I refrained from making any. Well, maybe there's this one from me: Apple will continue to get cooler and Miscrosoft will continue to be more unfriendly.

We stand poised to dive into the new year. What will 2003 hold for the profession known as ìwhat we doî and its children, information architecture, usability, interaction design, interface design, and graphic design? We asked our authors to hazard a guess.

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