Architecture

Information Architecture

Information architecture (IA) is the structural design of shared information environments; the art and science of organizing and labelling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability; and an emerging community of practice focused on bringing principles of design, architecture and information science to the digital landscape.

  • Helps users find, trust and understand information

Areas:

  • Classification and Hierarchy
  • Labels and Tagging
  • Navigation and Wayfinding
  • Search
Snippet from Wikipedia: Information architecture

Information architecture (IA) is the structural design of shared information environments; the art and science of organizing and labelling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability; and an emerging community of practice focused on bringing principles of design, architecture and information science to the digital landscape. Typically, it involves a model or concept of information that is used and applied to activities which require explicit details of complex information systems. These activities include library systems and database development.

Today there is a growing network of active IA specialists who constitute the Information Architecture Institute.