IA Summit 2018 Pre-Conference WorkshopTopic(s): information architecture
Note: Full-day workshops include lunch!
Over the past several years it’s become increasingly clear that the IA community needs to move beyond being a practice and figure out how to become a discipline.
To explore what this entails, and begin to craft a way forward, we’ve convened a series of Academics’ and Practitioners’ roundtables at IA Summits past. In the 6th year of this community event we will focus on the topic of Ethics.
As much as we would wish it, Information, and by extension, information architecture, is not neutral. IA is a channel and provides a lens through which people view information or an experience. All design, and therefore all of information architecture, involves value choices.
We have been considering this at the micro level, finding ways to do good in specific interactions, but what about as an overall profession? Do we, as practitioners, surrender our moral authority to someone else? Or do we follow a code? If we follow a code, what is it? Is it shared among our collective IA community?
We need a discussion around ethics that we can:
- leverage for discussion with our business partners
- engage with society
- acknowledging the change in scope that our practice has been going through (moving beyond just web sites to broader practices)
This day-long session will offer a set of lightning talks focused on ethics, some active scenarios for participants to play out, then group discussion to better understand what the information architecture community needs at a macro level to guide professional behavior and activities.
About the speaker(s)
An architect, teacher, and researcher, Andrea Resmini is the author of Pervasive Information Architecture and Reframing Information Architecture, and a two-times past president of the Information Architecture Institute. He co-founded the Journal of Information Architecture, Architecta, the Italian Society for Information Architecture, the Academic / Practitioner Roundtable, and World IA Day.
Andrea is a compulsive reader of WWII submarine warfare trivia, Tolkien drafts, and Jack the Ripper case studies. He is also one of the regular hosts of IA Summit Jam Night!
Stacy Surla is committed to the development of IA as a discipline. She manages the UX team at ICFI, co-started the DCIA community of practice, served as a twice-elected officer for the IA Institute, was an IA Summit program chair, and is an adjunct professor for IA/KM at Kent State University. She also co-founded the Rosebud film and video festival and organized a neighborhood circus.
Sarah Rice is an information architect with over two decades of strategy and consulting experience, designing and executing excellent user experiences for companies such as Google, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, eBay, Princess Cruises and Yahoo!
She has a master’s degree in Information Science and consults with a number of user experience firms under Seneb Consulting. She served on the Board of Directors of the Information Architecture Institute, is active in the American Society for Information Science and Technology’s Information Architecture Summit. She also speaks regularly at industry conferences.
A creative leader with her roots in graphic design and sculpture, Bern Irizarry has built and led cross-disciplinary teams for over 20 years. She has researched and developed award-winning products and experiences for Fortune 500 companies and late stage startups as Founder and CEO of Velvet Hammer Design.
Bern delights in combining the aesthetic with the usable and holds two patents in color selection methods. She also gives back to the UX community, heading the Los Angeles Ladies that UX Chapter.
Keith Instone is a seasoned & compassionate user experience professional with 20 years of experience as a consultant, corporate practitioner (10 years with IBM), and professional leader. He is a freelancer based in Toledo, Ohio, who volunteers his UX skills for local nonprofits. He’s also co-founder of Tech Toledo and lectures at Bowling Green State University.