Category: information architecture
Ethical issues and information architecture

Ethical issues and information architecture

This presentation examines some of the ethical issues that we face as information architects, including:

  • The myriad of effects of our design decisions on users
  • Working with clients and peers
  • The consequences of creating categories and classifying objects
  • What inclusive design really means
  • Personal beliefs and their role in projects
  • How can we design for sustainability

Information architecture: Theory and practice

This full day workshop provides a thorough overview and understanding of information architecture theory & practice. It covers a wide range of information architecture issues, including an understanding of how it fits into a project, fundamental skills & knowledge required for information architecture work and current information architecture issues. It is theoretical and practical and allow you to immediately apply ideas to your projects.

Information architecture: Beyond the hierarchy

This presentation describes different structures available for information architecture. It examines hierarchies; database structures such as metadata-driven databases and faceted classifications; and emergent approaches such as organic structures and tagging. It examines good examples of each and what to consider for our own projects.

How to (un)organise just about anything

In this half-day worskhop we will learn all about organising content in a digital world. We’ll discuss:

  • How does classification and categorisation work in our brain, and why does it matter
  • How can you identify potential organisation methods for your content
  • When do organisation schemes such as geography, task, audience and subject work best
  • When to use and not to use tagging
  • How to design an organisation scheme that suits your users

Deconstructing design: How did we get from there to here

In this presentation, I showed a number of completed site designs that I had been involved in. For each ‘deconstructed’ each design – pulled it apart to show how various inputs (such as research, activities, politics, guidelines, previous experiences) informed the design. The presentation highlighted that each design element is informed by more than one input; and that each input contributed to more than one part of the design. It also showed how important it is to undertake a range of research activities and not rely on just one or two inputs.