SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: re: virtual architecture
Re: SIGIA-L: re: virtual architecture
From: Julie Hawks (jhawks_at_mediaone.net)
Date: Sun Apr 23 2000 - 22:10:07 EDT
Although I agree that the "architecture" part of IA may be confusing (a
little), I think it is a term people "get" to some degree. Different words
paint a variety of pictures in people's minds. I never met a grocery bagger
or drum major who made a decent wage, so forming that connection to
Information "whatever" is, IMHO, not the way to go. (Likewise for
"magician", "cleaner", or "cowboy".)
The reason, I think, many people are throwing so much energy into nailing
the best term, is that they want to be able to market themselves in such a
that hiring managers will understand the value they can add to their
Even if the skill set varies from person to person to some degree, a hiring
manager should be able to look at my resume and say "Wow! That's someone who
can solve my company's problem." If I state on my resume that I wrangle
information, I can pretty much rest assured I won't be hearing from anyone
anytime soon. However, if I say that I architect information, or design
information, I think I may have a better chance.
Mike Kuniavsky wrote:
> On Sun, 23 Apr 2000, Ron Day wrote:
> > The assumption is that you want to design a space that someone lives
> > within or is directed through, but where the outside environment
> > doesn't invade in any disruptive or reflexive way.
> I understood Nadav's commentary as relating less to the relationship of
> the user to the space and more about good design needing to be grounded in
> solid engineering. Leaky roofs don't exist because of a misunderstanding
> about how the tenant is going to use the building, but a misunderstanding
> of the capabilities of the materials and tools.
> However, I have to agree on both points: good design DOES need to be
> grounded in good engineering and architectural metaphors DO confuse as
> much as they reveal when taken literally.
> Can we just get rid of the "architecture" part if IA and replace it with
> something more abstract? How 'bout "wrangling" or "herding" or "drilling"
> (as in military parade formations) or "bagging" (as in the grocery store)?
> At least we'll talk in different metaphors for a while. ;-)
> Mike Kuniavsky, information drum major
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