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Thursday 03|28|02
The Poetics of Information Architecture

Design Interact is currently running an essay by Michael Graber talking about the poetics of Information Architecture.

He touches on the interesting relationship between IA and science:

"For sites to reach their full potential, information architects must become the work and create form from chaos. In order to reach this fertile state of creativity, courageous IAs must give up their pseudo-scientific delusions and make a visionary leap inside the project. "

I believe this further supports the notion raised at the Summit, that IA is a craft - not explicity an art and not explicitly a science but the blend of both. The creativity of the IA lies in integrating and transcending that blend.

At the summit, John Zapolski's presentation Zen and the Art of Deliverables took this idea further and taught us how our work can be enlightened. He showed us how the relationship between the art of thinking and the act of problem solving is reflected back into our work and is important to our success as designers and thinkers.

Very smart stuff.

Posted by erin at 10:16 AM | in Information Architecture :: | Link

Tuesday 03|26|02
ASIS IA Summit Summary

My summary from the ASIS IA Summit March 15-17 is now up and posted on Boxes and Arrows. The piece is long so it is split out over two articles - one for each day. There were contributions from other staff members to cover parallel sessions and links and photos from attendees as well. Check out the groovy photo albums, too.

Posted by erin at 02:37 PM | in Conference Review :: | Link

Monday 03|18|02
IA Summit

Had a great time at the ASIST IA Summit this weekend - I met and talked with so many great people - including tons who I have been reading on the web and the list for quite awhile. It is always nice to put faces to names. I took tons of pics and a complete write up will be up on Boxes and Arrows next week.

In the meantime, if you were interested in my presentation - I have uploaded it. Please feel free to view it but please do not use it without prior permission first.

Posted by erin at 09:10 AM | in Event :: | Link | Comments (2)

Wednesday 03|13|02
ASIST IA Summit Bound

Am heading out in the morning for the ASIST IA Summit in Baltimore. I am looking forward to this - loads of good presenters and interesting topics. I am on a panel covering aspects of deliverables. Look for an overview /summary of the summit upon my return. I will also be covering the summit for Boxes and Arrows.

If your are going to be there - I would love to meet you. If you aren't spend the weekend reading B&A.

Posted by erin at 11:16 PM | in Conferences :: | Link

Tuesday 03|12|02

we are live...i am tired

Posted by erin at 03:40 PM | in Event :: | Link | Comments (1)

Saturday 03| 2|02
Great Case Study

Really interesting case study for the Herman Miller RED site design. Lots of details about the work Nathan Shedroff did as IA on the project. Tons of work diagrams and wireframes as well as screens of the finished product. Looks like it was a really interesting problem to architect.

Posted by erin at 10:57 PM | in Sites of Note :: | Link

Friday 03| 1|02
Busy Busy Busy

Working hard on the journal Boxes and Arrows. We are getting ready for the launch which is scheduled to happen around the time of the ASIS IA Summit. I am also working on a presentation on Flow Maps as part of the Art of Deliverables panel at the Summit on Saturday. Keep your eyes open for the journal and until launch, I apologize for sparse postings.

Posted by erin at 08:42 PM | in Information Architecture :: | Link

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