Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond

I collaborated with Peter Morville and Louis Rosenfeld to update the classic Polar Bear book. From the book’s description:

Information architecture (IA) is far more challenging—and necessary—than ever. With the glut of information available today, anything your organization wants to share should be easy to find, navigate, and understand. But the experience you provide has to be familiar and coherent across multiple interaction channels, from the Web to smartphones, smartwatches, and beyond.

To guide you through this broad ecosystem, this popular guide—now in its fourth edition—provides essential concepts, methods, and techniques for digital design that have withstood the test of time. UX designers, product managers, developers, and anyone involved in digital design will learn how to create semantic structures that will help people engage with your message.

This book includes:

  • An overview of IA and the problems it solves for creating effective digital products and services
  • A deep dive into IA components, including organization, labeling, navigation, search, and metadata
  • Processes and methods that take you from research to strategy, design, and IA implementation

You can read an excerpt at oreilly.com. Buy it from O’Reilly or Amazon.

Pioneros y Hacedores

Late in 2012, I was invited to contribute a chapter to a book in Spanish about interaction design edited by Lorena Paz, director of the program of interaction design with accessibility standards and usability at Argentina’s Universidad Tecnológica Nacional. The book, Pioneros y Hacedores: Fundamentos y Casos de Diseño de Interacción con estándares de Accesibilidad y Usabilidad (tr: Pioneers and Makers: Foundations and Case Studies in Interaction Design with Usability and Accessibility Standards) is now out, and can be acquired from the publisher, Ediciones Godot. (An ebook version is underway.)

My contribution is a chapter entitled Entre la Arquitectura y la Información (tr: Between Information and Architecture) which deals with the relationship between information architecture and traditional (building) architecture. Other contributors include Jared Spool, Steve Krug, Jakob Nielsen, Don Norman, Jonas Löwgren, Laurel Evelyn Dyson, Toni Robertson, Stephen Grant, Yusef Hassan Montero, Sergio Ortega Santamaría, Olga Carreras Montoto, J.M. García de la Torre, D. Márquez Quintanilla, Emmanuelle Gutiérrez y Restrepo, Sebastián Betti, Mari-Carmen Marcos, Verónica Mansilla, Manuel Razzari, Verónica Traynor, Claudio Segóvia, and Mariana Salgado. An all-star cast!

There is a dearth of original work being published in Spanish about user experience design. I’m proud of being part of this work, and thankful to Lorena for having asked me to contribute.