After practicing information architecture for a combined 42 years, the presenters are only now coming to understand the ways that placemaking and sensemaking influence each other in the work we do.
Placemaking is the process of creating meaningful places that people want to live, work, play, and learn in. Sensemaking is the process we use to decide what things do, could or should mean. These concepts seem inextricably intertwingled with each other, but like every other set of concepts in the world, there’s an information architecture here!
In this new talk Abby Covert and Dan Klyn start to make sense of the mess that is “Placemaking Slash Sensemaking” through the introduction of a model to describe the flow of influence from placemaking to sensemaking (and back again!), and share a framework of four “skill families” that address placemaking and sensemaking in information architecture work
About the speakers
Dan Klyn teaches information architecture at the University of Michigan School of Information, is a co-founder of World Information Architecture Day, past President of the Information Architecture Institute, and a founding member of the teaching faculty at Building Beauty. In 2011 he co-founded The Understanding Group (TUG) with Bob Royce, and has worked as an information architect for 23 years.
Klyn’s writings have appeared in the Journal of Information Architecture, the Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and in the edited volumes Reframing Information Architecture (2014) and Advances In Information Architecture ( 2021). He currently works part-time as an IA consultant, and half-time curating Richard Saul Wurman’s archives.
Abby Covert is an information architect, writer and community organizer with two decades of experience helping people make sense of messes.
Abby has written two popular books, How to Make Sense of Any Mess and Stuck? Diagrams Help. She currently spends her time making things that help you to make the unclear, clear, many of which she makes available for free on her website abbycovert.com or at accessible price points in her popular Etsy shop AbbytheIA.
Abby lives and writes from Melbourne, Florida where her most important job title is ‘Mom’.