Digital systems — such as Facebook, Wikipedia, and your bank’s website — are more than products or tools: They create contexts that change the way we interact, think, understand, and act. In many ways, they function like places. This presentation covers three perspectives from architecture that are essential if we are to create digital products and services that serve our needs. These perspectives are:
- The importance of having a solid conceptual structure
- Understanding these structures as part of a broader system
- Accommodating change by ensuring the system’s sustainability
The presentation is based on a book I’m writing — also tentatively titled Living in Information — which is scheduled to be published by Two Waves (a Rosenfeld Media imprint) in 2018.
A Spanish-language version of my keynote Leaving Your Mark, delivered at Interaction South America 2016 in Santiago, Chile.
¿Cuánto duran los productos y servicios que estás diseñando? ¿Cinco años? ¿Dos años? Dados los constantes cambios en las tecnologías que los subyacen y las características esenciales de los medios interactivos, los apps, sitios web, y otros artefactos informáticos son algunas de las cosas más efímeras que hemos diseñado. Estas cosas están transformando el mundo, creando ecosistemas que impactan la forma en que entendemos el mundo e interactuamos los unos con los otros.
Esta presentación ofrece un modelo para pensar sobre longevidad de los productos y servicios digitales que diseñamos, y así velar por su eficacia a largo plazo.
This brief interview was recorded at the 2016 Information Architecture Summit in Atlanta, GA:
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Update 2017-01-12: I’ve published a post based on this presentation.
I delivered this presentation at the 2016 IA Summit in Atlanta, Georgia
Peter Morville and I were interviewed by O’Reilly’s Jenn Webb at the 2016 O’Reilly Design Conference. We discussed IA in today’s context, and in particular its relevance to the Internet of Things.
I delivered this presentation at the first Experience Design Summit in San José, Costa Rica, in September 2013.
We can’t talk about design without in the 21st Century without talking about information. The majority of products and services that we interact with are part of information environments that teach, entertain, guide, and influence us. This presentation examines the importance of context in the way that users understand and navigate information, and what we can do to create more successful information-based solutions.
I gave one of three video keynotes (along with Lou Rosenfeld and Peter Morville) at the 2012 World IA Day, which was celebrated concurrently in 14 countries. Here is the video I contributed to the event: