Information Architecture

What is Information Architecture?

Info Architecture

Information architecture (IA) is the art of expressing a model or concept of information used in activities that require explicit details of complex systems. Among these activities are library systems, Content Management Systems, web development, user interactions, database development, programming, technical writing, enterprise architecture, and critical system software design.

Information architecture has somewhat different meanings in these different branches of IS or IT architecture. Most definitions have common qualities: a structural design of shared environments, methods of organizing and labeling websites, intranets, and online communities, and ways of bringing the principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape.

Favorite Sites (with IA material)

Recommended Reading

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites

In this post-Ajaxian Web 2.0 world of wikis, folksonomies, and mashups, well-planned information architecture has never been more essential. This classic primer shows information architects, designers, and web site developers how to build large-scale and maintainable web sites that are easy to navigate and appealing to users. The third edition is updated to address emerging technologies while maintaining its focus on fundamentals.

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Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works

Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works

The web is ever-changing; this Core Process applies to all design and redesign projects, from the simplest to the most complex. Use this book as a mutable resource. Adapt it into a methodology that works for you. Call it a plan, call it a roadmap, call it a guide -- we call it Workflow That Works, because that's what it is.

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See also: Ambient Findability: What We Find Changes Who We Become

Assorted Articles About Information Architecture

The articles have been broken down into the following categories:

Affinity Diagrams

Card Sorting

Content Inventory

Prototyping

Wireframes