The Intersection of Information Architecture and Usability

A Webword interview with Alison J. Head. "Q: How do you define Information Architecture (IA)? Why is it special? In a few words, what does it impact? A: A good place to start. This is a question that comes up more and more in my work as a usability expert. Fundamentally, IA is about creating navigational and organizational structures that put users in touch with the information they need, when they want it. From a usability point of view, I define five key components that make up the field of IA. They are: 1) organization, 2) content, 3) labeling, 4) navigation, and 5) search. An information architect's typical deliverables (blueprints, wireframes, metadata, thesauri, and vocabularies) are highly valuable and can have great impact at making the Web the kind of useful and workable information retrieval space that most Web users only dream about." Read the interview...

Posted by seralat at 09:01 PM on June 13, 2002
Filed in: IA - Practical Approaches, Usability