2013 Main Conference Talk
Topic(s): information architecture and product management
Thirteen years ago Gayle Curtis likened a “Big Information Architect” to “an orchestra conductor or film director, conceiving a vision and moving the team forward.” In the meantime, different-sized IAs gave way to UX designers, but in some shops there is another central role: product manager.
What you may be surprised to learn is that a substantial part of a product manager’s job is…information architecture. Describing a landscape, ecosystem, or roadmap and communicating a set of goals and priorities requires the exact meaning-mapping skills that IA is all about.
This panel features three people trained in IA and UX who are now filling a product role, to discover whether this parallel between “big” IA and product holds in other contexts, to discuss potential career paths, and to take questions from an audience that might be intrigued by the relationship.
About the speaker(s)
Christian Crumlish is a writer, product leader, and information architect. He is head of product at 7 Cups, winner of the 2016 Stanford Medicine X Prize for health systems design, where he is working on scaling compassion globally. He is also a mentor at Code for America and StartX, and a fellow in the Rosenfeld Media Experts network. Christian earned an AB at Princeton in philosophy, where he graduated sine laude.
Formerly, he co-chaired the monthly BayCHI program, was director of product at CloudOn, director of messaging products for AOL, curator of the Yahoo design pattern library, and a director of the Information Architecture Institute.
He is the author of the bestselling The Internet for Busy People and The Power of Many, and co-author of Designing Social Interfaces. Christian lives in Palo Alto with his wife, Briggs Nisbet, and an ever-growing collection of ukuleles.
Donna Lichaw is a sought-after leadership coach, speaker, author, and semi-rabid tin robot collector. Donna empowers innovators to unleash their inner superhero and fortify their career and business aspirations—she collaborates with leaders to pin down personal and professional goals, hatch a plan for how to get there, and chorale them to stay on course. Donna works with changemakers at storied tech companies like Google and Apple, innovators at impactful nonprofits including WNYC and the Central Park Conservancy, and emerging leaders in tech and beyond (especially women and members of the LGBTQ community). When she’s back on terra firma in her schoolhouse-turned-superhero-den Brooklyn apartment, Donna tends to her wacky sock collection, her superhero-in-training son, Max, and her muppet-dog, Ralph.
Bryce Glass is interested in the field of mobility services, and currently works as Product Manager at the incubation studio of CoverMyMeds. Previously, he was PM at Aver, UX Lead at Appirio, and PM at Manta. In 2010, he coauthored an O’Reilly book, Designing Web Reputation Systems.