All bird posts about Information architecture

Information architecture is the categorization of information into a coherent structure, preferably one that most people can understand quickly, if not inherently. (source: Wikipedia)

Are you happy now?

Why happiness matters for experience designers

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Besides creating products and services which are usable, useful and desirable, experience designers can design up into the value chain and focus on happiness as an necessary objective to design for.

Coming up: World IA Day 2015 (21 Feb)

Architecting Happiness

For the fourth time in a row, The Information Architecture Institute is organizing World IA Day to celebrate the practice of Information Architecture (IA) on a global scale. With the tagline ‘Local connections. Global impact.’ events will take place in 24 countries and 38 cities on Saturday 21 February. Because Informaat strongly supports the importance, value and role of IA in designing for excellent experiences, we will participate in a local Dutch event.

Cross-channel blueprint depicts experiences between touchpoints

Originated from the field of service design, the service blueprint is a great way to visualize all user interactions with a single service. But the blueprint has some disadvantages designing for experiences between touchpoints. An upgrade is needed. Designer Tyler Tate outlines the added value of cross-channel blueprints for designers focusing beyond individual websites.

Why IAs are needed in the kitchen

Better content management through information architecture

On the web, there are several debates about the future of information architecture. Some of the debaters warn us about the near death of the information architect (Joshua Porter). Others foresee information architecture 3.0 (Peter Morville) and then there are evangelists who believe that the future of information architecture will be about architecting massive networks, and even cities. (Shel Kimen).