History & Origins of Information Architecture

Origins of information architecture

Humans have been creating systems to organise all the information. It’s essential to grow as a society. Without a plan is impossible to commit any idea long time.

Long before computers and the Internet. In 330 B.C., ancient Egypt’s Library of Alexandria listed its contents in a 120-scroll bibliography.

In the last century, we saw we have been organising cities, transport and many infrastructures around us. The tube of London is a clear example of information architecture.

Computer networks, especially the Internet and its popular use through the World Wide Web, have accelerated the rate at which information is published. As a result, we now have massive amounts of data available to us, with more added each day.

What is information Architecture?

“Information architecture is the practice of deciding how to arrange the parts of something to be understandable” — iainstitute.org

In other words, organisation system is how we categorise and structure the information to make it helpful to the user in a specific context.

Creating good information architecture

The whole purpose of creating a good information architecture is to help users navigate your site or product. So it makes sense to include your users in the design process. One common method to find out how users categorise things is card sorting.

Understanding Information Architecture Concepts

Lou Rosenfeld and Peter Morville in their book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, explain the main components of IA.

  • Organisation systems: are the categories in which we place information, such as author names and titles or shoe size, fabric and color.
  • Labeling systems: are the ways we represent information, such as the level of terminology considered appropriate for the target audience.
  • Navigation systems: are the way we move from one piece of information to another when that information is presented to us.
  • Searching systems: are the way we search for information, such as entering words in a search engine or scanning for terms in a numbered list.

Information Architecture in 2020.

  • IA & AI: We are going to interact a bit more with gadgets with AI. The way we organise all this information and how this technology shows all data will be very helpful.
  • IA & VR: Virtual reality is growing but at the same time is a new language with different rules. So It’s essential to organise all the information of this new channel.
  • IA & HUMANS: In one point, we are going to track the whole world. So it’s very important how we organise all this information.

About me: I am UI designer based in London. Currently, I am studying UX/UI at trydesignlab.com. For more information about my work check out my portfolio: https://goo.gl/aIvLuZ

Sources:

https://medium.com/@annchichi/a-brief-history-origins-of-information-architecture-19bcf1e799ae#.4l5ye2mpu

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/information-architecture4.htm

http://www.iainstitute.org/what-is-ia

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Information-Architecture-World-Wide-Web/dp/0596527349

http://www.uxbooth.com/articles/complete-beginners-guide-to-information-architecture/

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