Introduction

Introduction to Information Architecture

April 2016 7 videos

Information architectures are all around us. They can be found in the websites we use, the apps and software we download, the printed materials we encounter and even the physical places that we spend time in. Abby Covert shows you that Information architecture, or IA for short, is the way in which the parts of something are arranged to make sense as a whole. A good information architecture is invisible, allowing the content and interaction to shine, but a poor information architecture stands out like a sore thumb and can be a major distraction for your users. In this set of lessons from Abby for the All You Can Learn Library, we will dive into what it means to work on an information architecture and how to know when yours is working for or against you and your users.

Watching all 7 videos will take less than 20 minutes and you’ll be armed with the foundation and vocabulary you need to contribute to the discussions your organization is having about its Information Architecture.

  • 1 mins 38 secs

    In this set of lessons for the All You Can Learn Library, Abby Covert dives into what it means to work on an information architecture and how to know when yours is working for or against you and your users.

  • 2 mins 23 secs

    Information is not the text and graphics that are on that website, but instead the story the user leaves with about that company and it’s offerings.

  • 3 mins 34 secs

    Our world is made of content. We use the datasets we have access to as we interpret what that content means to us.

  • 3 mins 26 secs

    Think about architecture as the structure or container that our content is presented through.

  • 3 mins 26 secs

    Everything users see is impacted by your information architecture. Whether it is the menu system they used to get to where they are or the search results that their term reveals. IA is all around us.

  • 4 mins 24 secs

    An experience, digital or physical, simple or complex, relies not just on the content, but also on the structure to indicate to users where they can go and what they should expect when they get there.

  • 3 mins 41 secs

    IA is just not something one person can often tackle alone, though it's a good idea to delegate someone (or a whole team) to facilitate the process of determining the IA.