Thoughts on Information Architecture

via Adobe Blog

The history of IA and its relevance

Information Architecture is crucial because information is everywhere. It started way back with the use of glyphs, telling stories through pictures, to then having scroll bibliographies.

The present

In this day and age, with abundance of information everywhere, stored in phones, as photographs, documents in the cloud, there is so much data all around us, and we create more with every passing second.

IN 2013 -
14.3 Trillion — Webpages, live on the Internet
Over 1 Yotta-byte — Total data stored on the Internet (Includes almost everything).

Internet users are growing by an average of more than one million new users every day.

Metadata has helped us make sense of tremendous amounts of data, from genetics to biomedicine, to culture and why people behave they way they do, and how history, culture, biology, the environment and other million factors, which are so intense to process and make sense of by people, has been possible because of compartmentalisation but also creating networks between things, and noticing patterns which is all information architecture.

What is IA?

Information Architecture is the structural design of information or content within a digital product. IA is all around us and can be found on every interface, some good, some not so good, but it exists everywhere. With the growth of the world wide web, there was a need for structure to help organize the content on websites, because of which most people turned to IA and over the years the quality and subject has grown to make clear well structures online content.

Voice UI

Voice UI is still in its early stages, but it will definitely change IA.

The Future is uncertain

The definition of IA is constantly evolving and expanding, and there are many challenges and lots of excitement to see where it goes especially around areas like voice technology and machine learning.

Communication Designer & Architect