About the Talk
April 22, 2015 9:00 AM
Minneapolis, MNMinneapolis, MN
Following the successes of the first two academic and practitioners roundtables at the IA Summit in 2013 (Reframing IA) and 2014 (Teaching IA), we are continuing the discussion. This time we will engage the community to define what is good and what is bad in information architecture. The cross-channel information spaces we design today are nothing like what we designed in the 1990s, and we struggle to articulate a comprehensive language to describe and critique them. Is this one good? Is that one bad? Why?
The primary goal of the roundtable is to lay the basis for a conversation on a language of critique for information architecture and answer, among others, questions such as:
- Is such a language really necessary? How should the premise be challenged?
- If necessary, is this language an entirely new language? Can it be derived from existing languages, such as those for new media or (building) architecture?
- How would such a language work? What are the practical applications of a language of critique for IA?
- Who should help in shaping it?
- Can practice and research share a common language of critique or are their goals too different? Could a language of critique be one of the bridges between research and practice?
The exact topics to be discussed at the roundtable will be determined by the presenters and participants, but they will center on a language of critique for information architecture.