[Asis-l] ASIS&T Webinar - Intro to Information Architecture
rhill at asis.org
Mon Dec 27 13:16:35 EST 2010
[Apologies for multiple postings.]
Date: Friday, January 14, 2011, 1:30-2:30pm (EST)
Registration: $20 ASIS&T Members / $49 Non-Members
Description: In this virtual seminar, you'll learn all about information architecture -
what it is, why it's so important to do well and the major things to do and not to do.
- how people look for information and what they need to do with it when they find it
- different ways you can organize information and when they are suitable
- exactly how (processes) you can figure out the best ways to organize your content
- the tricky issue of what to call things
- other key IA tips
It's all based on Donna's experience designing information architecture, navigation and
content for a wide range of information systems (usually big ones) such as government and
corporate websites, intranets and document management systems.
Donnas a freelance information architect, interaction designer and writer. Thats a fancy
way of saying she plans how to present the things you see on your computer screen, so that
theyre easy to understand, engaging and compelling. Things like the navigation, forms,
categories and words on intranets, websites, web applications and business systems.
Most of the projects Donna works on are large, messy monsters, like government websites and
intranets, internal business applications and web applications. But she still gets to work
on something small and cool too. So shes completely aware of the challenges of long-term,
ongoing projects and short-burst, agile projects. Shes also an old hand at sketching screens,
drawing wireframes and building prototypes.
But whatever sort of job Donnas working on, theres one common requirement. She has to
comprehensively understand the needs of the people who will use it. Only then can she make
the system as usable as possible. Luckily, shes also quite fond of people, so doing user
research and running usability tests is a pleasure, not a pain.
Not surprisingly, given Donnas obsession with usability and fondness of people, shes also
quite the teacher. Shes a very experienced speaker and regularly holds workshops and speaks
at local and international conferences, on the topics of information architecture, interaction
design, the web, writing and more. She even runs a user experience conference (UX Australia).
Donnas been doing this since 2002. Shes worked on the boards of the Information Architecture
Institute (international), Web Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) and has judged many web
awards. Shes also written three books on card sorting, web writing and now information architecture
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