IACT370 Information Architecture

Central to the design of new products, environments, entertainment and communications in our digital world is the organization and structure of data. As the volume of this data becomes overwhelming, those who are able to navigate, comprehend and use information in their daily lives will find more success, pleasure and security in the world around them.

This course is about the planning and creation of information systems and the presentation of these systems to the user in ways that are easily understood and manipulated. The objectives of this Information Architecture class are:

Student Work

Project: Baseball, Deconstructed Project: Pollen Project: Boardgame Project: Taxes Project: iVo

About the Class

IACT370 is a part of the Interaction Design minor at SCAD. Students taking this course explore the nature of data, information and knowledge, and the path between these conceptual states.

In the course, students develop appropriate solutions to information design problems inherently associated with comprehending large quantities of information, and develop procedural techniques for making sense of large, complicated systems. This includes organizing information, images and concepts into coherent graphic structures and frameworks that can inform and direct human actions, and simulating, through graphic and digital prototypes, the effects of information design in the real world environment.

Lectures

These lectures are used to emphasize main ideas, techniques, and readings. I speak to each slide for nearly five minutes, but the structure of the content may be useful for others engaged in teaching this sort of material.

Each file is a .pdf of mini-slides. Feel free to email me for the larger version.

  1. Introduction to Information Architecture
  2. Narrative Essay, Concept Map & Process Flow Diagrams
  3. Mapping, Diagramming & Visualization
  4. Information Anxiety
  5. Edward Tufte
  6. Wainer
  7. Information Architecture
  8. Information Design Culture
  9. Tangential Domains & Interactive Systems

Reading Material

Wainer, Howard. Visual Revelations: Graphical Tales of Fate and Deception from Napoleon Bonaparte to Ross Perot. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers: London, 1997. ISBN 0-8058-3878-3; pages 85-124.

Wurman, Richard Saul. Information Anxiety 2. Que: Indianapolis, 2001. ISBN 0-7897-2410-3; pages 23-52, 127-153.

Rosenfeld, Louis & Morville, Peter. Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. O'Rielly: Sebastopol, 1998. ISBN 1-56592-282-4; pages 22-71.