The 2016 Program
Digital spaces are becoming ever-more interactive and continuing to move away from a page-based model. Cross-channel, data-dependent, multi-platform, context-aware content has become the norm. New technologies like ‘internet of things’ devices and voice-driven gadgets continue to capture our imagination and fuel innovation across industries. In this environment, the intentional design of information environments for findability, understanding, and adaptability has never been more important.
Today, everyone who contributes to the creation of these spaces needs to understand Information Architecture. Information Architects are part of an ever-growing landscape of roles responsible for structuring information spaces. As technology evolves, so must the practice of Information Architecture.
At the 2016 IA Summit, we’ll gather a diverse collection of voices from within the discipline and beyond to address the continued evolution of our practices. With material appropriate for all levels and running the gamut from the theoretical to the immediately practical, the 2016 IA Summit will truly showcase a broader panorama.
The Summit begins on Wednesday with two days of optional pre-conference workshops. If you're not participating in any workshops, we recommend arriving to Atlanta (or clearing your schedule) by mid-afternoon on Thursday so you don't miss the First Timers orientation and dinners (if this is your first Summit, please take advantage of the welcome) and our Opening Party (for everyone).
The main conference runs three full days, from Friday through Sunday, with evening activities on both Friday and Saturday nights. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided on all three days.
The conference will conclude between 3pm and 4pm on Sunday following our closing keynote—and we strongly recommend staying until the end. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has many flight options on Sunday evening, or stick around through Monday to make sure you don't miss a moment!
Sign up for one or more of the pre-conference workshops on Wednesday and Thursday. Taught by the experts, these half- and full-day workshops are interactive sessions that start with the basics and go beyond. You can register for workshops at any time, and you can attend workshops without registering for the full conference. Be sure to register early, though, as our workshops often sell out.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Full Day Workshops
- Meaning Modes and Design Structures to Facilitate Them
with Marsha Haverty
- Building Relationships: Linked Data and Information Architecture
with Duane Degler
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Full Day Workshops
- Intro to Information Architecture
with Donna Spencer
- Designing Successful Projects
with Dan Szuc
- Reframe IA: The 4th Academics and Practitioners Roundtable
- Taxonomy & UX: Structuring Data to Drive Experiences
with Dave Cooksey
- Decoding Culture: Becoming Information Anthropologists
with David Fiorito
- Social Math: Making Complex Data Meaningful to Users
with Victor Yocco & Ashley Pulli
- Found It! Increasing Satisfaction with IA and SEO
with Marianne Sweeny
- Seeing the Trees Despite the Forest – Discerning Content Structure From a Blobby Website
with Laura Creekmore
- Rewarding "Near Misses": Making Close Count For Your Users
with David Hobbs