IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty says “You will never have AI without IA.” Check it out at ~00:04:25 here: www.ibm.com/events/th…

Congratulations to the organizers of World IA Day Seattle 2019. What a fantastic gathering. The speakers were especially thoughtful and inspiring; I’d encourage you to follow these links and learn more about their work: Ashley Farley, Lassana Magassa, and Domonique Meeks.

Are you a UX professional in the Seattle area? You need to know about this spiffy new resource for finding events, groups, freelancers, education, and more: UX Seattle

Think navigation’s not important for driving user experience? Survata asked customers to name the most common reason they start product searches on Amazon. In first place:

28 percent of consumers credited Amazon’s experience and easy-to-use navigation.

Selection was second. Price was third.

Get your navigation right.

What is Information Architecture?

Looking for a comprehensive overview of information architecture? Look no further. This curated list of articles and resources from the fine folks at Optimal Workshop is a brilliant reference.

Balenciaga

One of my IA students pointed me to this site: https://www.balenciaga.com

Just take a quick look. Your browser isn’t broken… that’s the site. It’s a really pure expression of IA and UX. It’s simple, but it’s got a lot of character and some nice bits of flair. I kind of wish I’d have done this.

Clever header

This is really clever: a global navigation header that doubles as a progress indicator for the current article. Neat! Check it out live at CNAS.org. CNAS org navigation progress bar

Dewey's biased decimal system

Check out this week’s Every Little Thing podcast. It’s nominally about the Dewey Decimal System, but it’s really about the political nature of organizing things and how the organizing systems we create reflect our biases. (Starts 9-minutes in.)

Miller's Law isn't for IAs

Here’s an article that busts the myth that Miller’s 7 +/-2 concept has any bearing on navigation design. Read it, learn it, love it.

YADIA: “IA defines spatial relationships and organizational systems, and seeks to establish hierarchies, taxonomies, vocabularies, and schema—resulting in documentation like sitemaps, wireframes, content types, and user flows, and allowing us to design things like navigation and search systems.”

from Sara Wachter-Boettcher. “Content Everywhere”