information architecture resources
last updated 30 Jun 02
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original work

The Elements of User Experience: This one-page PDF attempts to impose order upon the chaotic array of terms and concepts currently being used to describe user experience development. This document provides the basic conceptual framework for the resources below.

Translations of this document are available:

Peter Morville's commentary on the uses and mis-uses of "The Elements of User Experience" should be considered required reading for everyone who uses the document.

The Elements of User Experience is also the title of my first book, coming in 2002 from New Riders.

A Visual Vocabulary: Diagrams are an essential tool for communicating information architecture and interaction design in Web development teams. This document discusses the considerations in development of such diagrams, outlines a basic symbology for diagramming information architecture and interaction design concepts, and provides guidelines for the use of these elements.

I created a brief PowerPoint introduction to the visual vocabulary for IA Summit 2002.

What an Information Architect Does: This PDF document summarizes the results of a comparative analysis of IA job descriptions I conducted in July 2000. This document was the basis for my presentation at ASIS&T Summit 2001.

ia/recon: A six-part essay on the information architecture community, where we are, and where we're going.

The Information Architecture of Everyday Things: The PowerPoint file (921 KB) from my presentation at IA Summit 2002.

introductory materials
getting started
  • monster.com columnist Sacha Cohen offers tips on getting into the field (1999)
  • Jennifer Vodvarka of Luminant covers the basics in this PDF white paper (09/00)
  • Mark Hurst of Creative Good throws in his perspective (04/03/00)
  • these presentation materials by Paul Kahn of Dynamic Diagrams provide a broad overview (1998)
  • Squishy's crash course at webmonkey (1998?)
  • Rudy Limeback's architecture 101 at evolt.org (12/17/99)
  • Irish consultancy Parallel Internet produced this guide to IA processes and concerns (04/00)
  • Shel Kimen's 10 questions at builder.com skew a little heavily toward an approach derived from meatspace architecture (06/22/99)
  • Stephen Downes offers a rather broad definition that encompasses site mission, creative vision, and server environment (10/20/99)
  • Aaron West covers process at iBoost (1999?)
  • Educorner offers a free online course for those unfamiliar with the field (07/00)
keeping up
information architecture
When Librarians Attack: the Argus crew, including Lou Rosenfeld, Peter Morville, Samantha Bailey and Steve Toub (articles credited by author initials; uncredited articles are by Lou Rosenfeld) the late, lamented vivid studios hypertext theory other resources
navigation design
Jennifer Fleming of Primix Solutions Jakob Nielsen, usability guru other resources
interaction design