3 core activities of an information architect

April 28, 2010

Stimulated by Dan Brown’s 8 principles of information architecture, I’d describe information architecture in 3 core activities:

  1. Understand: Obtain a thorough understanding of the vision (aka requirements) and the users.

    ### Dan Brown says: … nothing

  2. Outline: Develop models of how content can be organised and how to facilitate direct and mediated interaction.

    ### Dan Brown says: Manage the paradox of choice; Allow for growth; Disclose progressively; Think in facets.

  3. Curate: In the digital world, everything is hidden by default. Create interfaces (visual, auditive, tactile) that allow users to uncover relevant content and easily touch base with the system.

    ### Dan Brown says: Provide examples; Provide multiple front doors; Navigate by function.

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