Event summary: World IA Day 2013 Bristol

On February 9th, the Information Architecture Institute, a group of international sponsors and local coordinators convened to hold fifteen events around the world, including Paris, Budapest, Dubai and New York, in support and celebration of Information Architecture. Bristol were also a host city with Nomensa acting as lead sponsor and organiser. Other sponsors making the event possible included Simpleweb, FreeAgent and Bristol Usability Group. Nomensa’s Jon Fisher chaired the event, guiding the audience through the agenda which included an opening address from the Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson.

Keynote: Ghost in the Machine – Architectures of Cyberspace

Andrea Resmini, President, Information Architecture Institute. In 2012, the Web is but one piece of a larger mechanism: our focus has moved away from the single artifact to consider the ecology, this complex, distributed, information-based beast. Constantly reshaped and reconnected over an arbitrary number of different interacting channels by an ever increasing amount of actors, ecologies force us out of the Web, a “simpler” world where the lenses provided by library science or graphic design seemed to be enough. Not anymore. Information has gone mobile and has bled into physical space, but mobile itself is not the revolution, it is an enabler. The revolution is in what constant access to dynamically remediated information is allowing us to do, in how it allows the digital to seep into physical space, in how it turns receivers into writers constantly weaving new subjective narratives. http://www.slideshare.net/resmini/ghosts-in-the-machine-16512059

Prototyping Information Architecture

Leisa Reichelt, Leading User Experience Practitioner Much is said of prototyping interaction design, but can the same be done with information architecture? Certainly it can, and furthermore, it should be encouraged. Yes, even on your very large, very complex and incredibly important project, information architecture can (and should) go from brain to browser and documentation can be deferred and reduced significantly. This session will offer a series of short case studies on how to attempt information architecture by prototyping from the earliest stages touching only briefly on the debate as to where the edges of Information Architecture, Interaction Design and Content Strategy meet. http://www.slideshare.net/leisa/prototyping-information-architecture

Is Search IA?

Margaret Hanley, UX Manager For many UX professionals internal site-search is a mystery which is just expected to “work.” Mags Hanley will take you through the elements of Search – technical, structural and user-interface to help you design the next site-search you come across. http://www.slideshare.net/magshanley/world-ia-day

Sentient Architectures of Information

Martyn Dade-Robertson, Architect In an age of ubiquitous and pervasive computing the notion of information architecture has shifted to involve both multi-channel and multi-device experiences. Perhaps, even more profoundly digital information which has been ‘let loose’ from the shackles of a computer screen becomes, through locative media, embedded within the places and practices of everyday life. This new era of information architecture offers new and exciting design opportunities; however, it also offers practical and ethical challenges. This talk will sketch out this future for information architecture through the concept of sentient spaces examines how Information Architects may shape experiences, not only of information but, of society and space. Photos from the event can be found on Nomensa’s Flickr stream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/we_are_nomensa/sets/72157632751331896/

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