The Information Architecture Institute
A conference on designing
complex information spaces of all kinds.
New York City, October 4 and 5, 2007

Archive for October, 2007

Conference survey feedback visualized on Many Eyes


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Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas gave us an update on the Many Eyes project at IDEA 2007. Upon hearing about the tag cloud feature we uploaded attendee answers to a post-conference survey to give it a try:

tag cloud of survey question from IDEA survey

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Sylvia Harris’s slides on Wayfinding at New York Presbyterian Hospital


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Inspired by this presentation by Sylvia Harris, I went out and did some field research at two hospitals in my Charlotte neighborhood.

Carolinas signage

I found that both organizations were doing a fine job of planning the information architecture and experience design of external signage and supporting materials for visitors and patients. Only a few signs reminded me of the New York Presbyterian Hospital before Sylvia’s help.

don't try to bring your cat to the hospital

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IDEA conference slides from Mike Kuniavsky


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Mike Kuniavsky put a PDF version of his slides here.

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new Michael Wesch videos from IDEA 2007


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Michael Wesch, the opening keynote at IDEA last week, introduced two new videos he produced. He’s now made them publicly available.

A Vision of Students Today


Information R/evolution


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WSJ has one answer to the “what the hell do we call ourselves?” question…


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In our last hour at IDEA on Friday we all moved close to the stage and sat in the front rows in Tishman Auditorium at Parsons New School of Design. We talked about the experience shared and knowledge created at IDEA 2007. This whiteboard summarized the concepts and discussions that flowed from two great days of talks by some of the foremost designers, information architects, and researchers in the field.

Bullet point number three from our concluding discussion is “what the hell do we call ourselves?” — this topic continues to be a recurring theme in IA circles and was touched upon in the pre-conference workshops with David Bishop and Paul Gould from MAYA Design.

Wayfinders was the answer provided by this Wall Street Journal article today (free access for 7 days). While it focuses on the work of a single firm in designing user experiences at airports around the country. The firm mentioned in the article, Carter & Burgess, describes itself as a full-service, multi-disciplined, consulting firm offering services in planning, engineering, architecture, construction management, and related areas. Not as succinct as the one word Journal description for sure.

Thank you to all who attended IDEA 2007, and if you couldn’t make it to NYC last week, I hope you’ll plan to attend in 2008. Stay tuned to this blog for location and date information. Additionally, we will be posting podcasts from the conference soon, and slides from speakers as they release them for publication. In the meantime, for more IDEA 2007 photos, check out our official Flickr group and photo collections from various artists.

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Pre-conference gathering to see Helvetica tonight!


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HELVETICA is showing at 6:30 p.m. tonight. Meet up with other IDEA attendees at the IFC box office on 323 6th Ave. at West 3rd St. at 6:15 p.m.

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