Following up on an article from June 25, 2020, we want to let you know how we’re taking action for the 2021 information architecture conference to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We ask that you hold us accountable and make suggestions for how we can continuously improve our efforts.

Our action plan

Diversify our scholarship criteria


How BLM is informing the planning of the 2021 Information Architecture Conference

Dear Information Architecture Community,

These are increasingly turbulent times. As we, the IAC21 co-chairs, meet to plan next year’s conference, we can’t help but reflect on the current protests and uprisings in the United States in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and countless other…


Since we announced that IAC20 will be a digital-only conference, more of everyday life has moved online. We’ve watched and thought carefully about how this might be affecting people.

We’re committed to providing a high-value conference that brings together the best and brightest minds in information architecture. We’re hearing that…


While the IA Conference has only been around for two years, it draws on 19 years of rich tradition from the IA Summit. One of the great traditions is the volunteer work from the IA community to plan and staff the conference.

While this gives the conference an accessible and…


Our theme in New Orleans is making sense and we’ve built a program of talented, creative, brilliant people to share their insights and experience. We wanted our keynotes to be a combination of established as well as emerging voices who have something to say on our theme of sense-making. …


Alberta Soranzo

“Agile Transformation may be defined as the process of transforming an organization’s culture and nature to one of agility, driving a fundamental change in the way people think and feel.” (A. Mersino)

If transforming culture was as easy as applying a universal formula, updating furniture and deploying coaches throughout organizations, we’d be well underway to have changed the world. …


Nicole Coumes

Our designs don’t live in a vacuum, yet many of us may be reluctant or unsure how to begin engaging others with our work. Developers have code reviews, graphic designers have “pin-ups”, but what should feedback cycles look like for UX designers? …


Ana Luisa Ponsirenas

Hardware and Software developers work on a rapidly changing environment and depend on quickly ramping up on new technologies to deliver the products that will simplify our lives in the future. These new technologies are complex and so is the information developers need to process to be…


Danielle Chen

It’s an inevitable part of life: every once in awhile we have to tell another person something we know they don’t want to hear. Although there are products and services that aim to help people recognize and move through discomfort on an individual level, few support or facilitate…

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