SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: SIGIA-L: Dressing up in Lab Coats
Re: SIGIA-L: Dressing up in Lab Coats
From: Christina Wodtke (cwodtke_at_eleganthack.com)
Date: Mon Feb 18 2002 - 14:59:12 EST
> In other words, I don't think it matters too much whether an
> information architect also does usability testing -- but I would
> strongly resist any suggestion that usability testing is 'a part of'
> the discipline of information architecture. (Same goes for
> interaction design, Christina!) Identifying these as separate
> disciplines is what allows us to talk about them in meaningful ways.
it's not nice to bait the monkeys.
I quite agree.. these are all semantic arguments and I am SICK of them. Sick
of "what is an engineer" sick of "what is an architect" sick of "what is IA"
sick of "what is experience design."
I originally talked about content architecture because I wanted to talk
about this very narrow definition of IA without fretting those whose
definition includes more. Insisting one definition is the right one doesn't
seem to be doing any good. the world turns.
What really frustrates me is I want to talk about the art of doing George's
four i's* in a coherent elegant way to make good interactive information
This is a real discipline, one a lot of us do. these items do fit together
in a way others do not. It's not experience design, because that is quite
too broad-- my lurking on AIGIA-ED has taught me that.
So its a subset of ED, a superset of IA and I am sick of never being able to
discuss it because we can't get over our passion for our favored label. I'm
tired of top-downing the problem, I prefer to try to bottom-up it... these
four i's are being practiced as a set on a regular basis.
Perhaps people who practice them should be called information engineers
(KIDDING, ziya, really...)
*for those who have been napping, interaction design, information design,
information architecture (contentment architecture, narrow ia, precise ia,
little ia) and interaction design.
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