The Information Architecture Institute
A conference on designing complex information
spaces of all kinds.
Seattle Public Library, October 23-24, 2006

Welcome to IDEA 2006

IDEA stands for Information: Design, Experience, Access.

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IDEA 2006 brings together a diverse set of designers, creators, and researchers addressing a fundamental challenge we're facing today - how to let everyday people take true advantage of the overwhelming mass of information that floods their lives.

There are currently many different kinds of folks working in this space, but they typically don't talk with one another. For this event, we've made an effort to invite presenters across a stunning array of disciplines - museum design, information visualization, librarians, environmental design, user research, engineering, interaction design, product strategy, and more.

It's important to recognize that this is not airy-fairy theoretical stuff. These presenters are practitioners, people actually doing this cross-channel, cross-media work with complex information. A primary goal of this conference is to give you the confidence to cross boundaries and engage with a wide range of problems.

So if you want to find out where the world of design and information is heading, and how you can prepare, come join us October 23-24 in Seattle.

IDEA Vision Statement

Throughout their days, people are engaging with complex information to manage their lives.

And designers now realize that information isn't simply this stuff you find -- the appropriate presentation of information helps people make sense of the world around them.

This conference addresses issues of design for an always-on, always-connected world. Where "cyberspace" is a meaningless term because the online and offline worlds cannot be made distinct. Where physical spaces are so complex that detailed wayfinding is necessary to navigate them. Where work processes have become so involved, and so digitized, that we need new processes to manage those processes.

This conference brings together people who are addressing these challenges head on. Speakers from a variety of backgrounds will discuss designing complex information spaces in the physical and virtual worlds.

Featured Presenter

David Guiney

David Guiney
With 30 years experience at the National Park Service's Harpers Ferry Center, and 7 years before that as a park ranger, David works to leverage HFC's extensive experience in developing publications, media, exhibits, signs, and more for the 380 parks nationwide."

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The Location

Central Library, Seattle Public Library
Opened in May 2004, the new Central Library branch of the Seattle Public Library is a remarkable example of physical information architecture, and a beautiful building, to boot.

Learn more about the location, and nearby lodging.