We are IAs and We Matter
We live in the information age. Never before has the need for design, construction, and organization of information been greater. Never before has humankind needed people who think deeply about planning and designing information to make sense to other people.
That’s where you come in. Whether you have the title “information architect” or not, you are responsible for creating systems of organization, classification, labeling, and structure. Whether you know it or not, if you are involved in making digital information spaces you play the IA role. And that matters. Your voice matters. You matter.
Let’s celebrate IA and IAs and being able to come together in community. Let’s pat each other on the back. Then let’s get back to work and make sense of all those messes.
Carrie Hane is a creative problem solver and connector of people, processes, and technology. For more than 20 years, she’s been helping organizations transform to meet the ever-changing needs of the people they serve and take advantage of the latest technology. Currently, Carrie works as a Principal Evangelist at the content platform Sanity and is the co-author of Designing Connected Content: Plan and Model Digital Products for Today and Tomorrow, a handbook for a pioneering approach to sustainable digital publishing.
At Sanity, she passionately advocates for thinking about how content powers digital experiences that connect with audiences and help fulfill organizational missions while making life easier for the content operations team. Carrie has led workshops and been a speaker at events around the world, and has been a guest lecturer for undergraduate and graduate courses in user-centered design and content strategy.
Like most people working in tech, she has two degrees completely unrelated to her work. By far the most enlightening education she has received is being the mother of boys. When she’s not working, you can find her at the pool swimming, wrangling college tours for her son, or reading with her dog.