I’m headed for Ann Arbor, MI, this weekend, to attend one of the 14 locations hosting an event for World IA Day. The event, organized by the Information Architecture Institute [disclosure: I’m on the board of directors], is a fabulous, world-wide opportunity for people to celebrate and learn more about the field of information architecture.
What is information architecture?
Information architecture is a discipline and practice that focuses on making information usable. Information architects organize information and figure out how to best share it to help others find and use the information they need. Day to day, that means we do things like create wireframes, website navigation, develop metadata and taxonomy, and evaluate user’s needs and their responses to our work.