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Information architecture

Total course read time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Information architecture (IA) is an intersection of meaning and structure.

It's a practice of sensemaking and understanding; understanding the spaces you find yourself in, as well as relationships between objects in that space.

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If you are working on IA, you are in "the business of understanding", as its father Richard Saul Wurman would say.

It's about asking thoughtful and targeted questions.

IA isn't about having the right answers; it's about having the right approach that gets you to the right answers.

The subsequent pages will help your understanding of:

  • what IA is
  • the impacts IA has on the user
  • the different aspects of IA
  • how to identify successful and failing IA
  • the value of IA
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