Sometimes when someone mention about architecture, we often think they are referring to something that is designed to be useable and inhabitable. However, architecture could mean more than just building blocks and structures. Information could also be a defined as an architect as well. The Journal of Architecture pointed out that “even though its modern use, strictly related to the design of information” did not go too far back and it was then that “Richard Saul Wurman’s famous address at the American Institute of Architecture conference of 1976, use of the term information together with the term architecture.” No one before then would link these terms together. The journal also claim that Information architecture is not a science but an applied art, and we use this art when we think and design wireframes, labels, and taxonomies. After Wurman addressed the conference of 1976, it took him almost 20 years to published a book that incorporates many different designs into colorful pages. This book gained popularity and became best seller and eventually impacted the way we view Information Architecture.
Even though the origin of Information Architecture first began Richard Wurman, it was not new to us since we have long been creating and using system to organize information in the past. However, with the help of the world wide web, vast information that grew rapidly was able to be organized and structured into systems, and made easily accessible with simply a click of a button. Wurman believes that “design and architecture are the basis for a science and art of creating instructions of organized space and for making these understandable,” (Journal of IA). He strive to make information simple, direct, and comprehensive. Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville are also important to information architecture since they are pioneers like Wurman. With their ideas and inspiration, they were able to publish a book on information architecture for the web in 1998 (Journal of A).
Information architecture could be viewed and broken down into different components — the first being taxonomy, or the arrangement of information. This is usually done using hierarchy to rank information. The second term is choreography, or the interaction between its parts. The third term is ontology, the specific meaning of the content such as labels and tags. We can see examples like this with navigation and search bars across the web. These navigations and search bars establish a level of hierarchy by using labels and categories.
Information architecture goes well with UX designers. UX designers need to use information architecture to organize their work and make the user experience more enjoyable. As technology advances in the future, information will also need to be stored and organize in different ways. Information will always need to be organized and made comprehensive to improve user experience.
Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond [Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville, Jorge Arango] on Amazon.com. *FREE…www.amazon.com