Information Architecture (IA) is defined as “the art and science of organizing and labeling shared information environments (websites, intranets, online communities and software) to support usability and findability.” (source: iainsitute.org). This course balances theoretical grounding of IA with practical design work. We will cover principles of IA as a professional practice and how to design effective, research-supported, user-centered information systems. Students will understand and apply information organization concepts; design and apply appropriate assessment techniques for particular information environments; and develop strategies to effectively communicate design rationale and advocate for users.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
Describe foundational Information Architecture (IA) and its place in user-centered design workflows.
Understand and explain IA concepts, principles and practices.
Apply web standards and inclusive design principles.
Evaluate the IA of existing digital work and spaces.
Conduct research in support of IA work.
Create and implement effective, research-based IA.
Produce professional design artifacts and other documentation to communicate their IA work.
Assess the effectiveness of their IA work.