SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: Virtual Architecture
Re: SIGIA-L: Virtual Architecture
From: Wayne Bovier (wayne_at_adrenaline.com)
Date: Sun Apr 23 2000 - 12:46:08 EDT
I am not quite sure I agree with this. For our IA's, I require
that they all understand the technical limitations of our
trade, and the only way we've been successful at doing
this is by constructing (coding). Yes, we all plan out the
system, but to successfully plan, I think you need to know
what's technically possible. I think it's vital in building
a great customer experience. Maybe this is a matter
of semantics, but our definition of Information Architecture
includes both planning and technical construction.
----- Original Message -----
From: Brad Bergh <BBergh_at_doublestarinc.com>
Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2000 11:44 AM
Subject: RE: SIGIA-L: Virtual Architecture
> I'd like to second this point. Architects "..specify..". Construction
> "...make it real." Each contributes a different value. Each requires a
> different skill set. I believe this distinction to be at the heart of the
> difference between the Information Technologist and the Information
> Architect. Furthermore, I feel a case can be made that many IT projects
> disappointed the expectations of their sponsors because this difference
> not understood.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Peter Merholz [mailto:peterme_at_peterme.com]
> Sent: Saturday, April 22, 2000 12:47 PM
> To: sigia-l_at_asis.org
> Subject: Re: SIGIA-L: Virtual Architecture
> > > If the signage on the directory is clear and informative, we
> > > can find which floor / suite the office we are looking for is in. We
> > > all agree on certain architectural conventions, such as the up and
> > > indicators on an elevator.
> > You just described signage conventions, not architectural conventions.
> > Architecture is the building of the building, not the drawing of the
> > map. They're related, certainly, but they're not the same.
> To be even more nitpicky, those are wayfinding conventions.
> The Web analog of wayfinding is, to state the obvious, 'navigation',
> some type of visual landmark on the top of the page, and a list of
> paths either across the top or down the left side.
> And to nitpick further--architecture is not the building of the building.
> Architecture is the planning. The specifying. The drawing up of
> Architects don't build things. Contractors do.
> Here, an architecture analogy holds. I don't build web sites. I specify
> their structure and how they should function and then hand that off to a
> contractor to make it real.
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