Does information architecture have core values? Should it? What would those values be?
In recent years, ethics, inclusivity, and social responsibility have come to the fore as key issues in the information architecture, UX, and design fields. As practitioners, we want to uphold our ideals while balancing the demands of industry and the needs of diverse stakeholders. We are challenged to establish an identity for information architecture as a mature, ethical, and responsible field. This requires us to reflect, personally and collaboratively, upon the values that shape our practice.
Open to anyone with an interest in information architecture, the IA Roundtable is an annual event that aims to shape the discipline of information architecture by gathering practitioners, researchers, and educators to discuss critical aspects of our discipline and share what is discussed with the IA community. Join a dynamic collection of adventurers, thought leaders, and other curious folks for a lively, highly participatory roundtable.
This year’s IA Roundtable will focus on the topic of values in information architecture. We will use a short series of lightning talks and exercises to ground ourselves in relevant frameworks, perspectives, and experiences. The group will then work together to make sense of this topic and co-create shareable artifacts that support wider conversations about values in information architecture.
For those who want to take the results even further, we invite you to an informal strategy session and “make-a-thon” on the following day, Wednesday, April 15, from 9am to 2pm (exact times and location to be announced). Based on Tuesday’s Roundtable, we will create posters for the IA Conference Poster Night and discuss other ideas on how to extend conversations like this one into the world beyond the walls of the conference.
Join us and bring creative new ideas to life that you can develop, apply, and promote in your own practice! See http://iaroundtable.org for more details about this year’s topic, call for lightning talks, and the history of previous IA Roundtable events since 2013.
About the speakers
Dan Zollman (Cambridge, MA, US) is an information architecture, UX strategy, and human-centered design practitioner with an orientation toward responsible, ethical, and systemic design. His theory and practice of IA has been shaped by more than a decade working in complex environments including finance, higher education, and state government.
Dan leads the Strategy, Information Architecture, and Research community of practice at Last Call Media, a small, internationally-distributed design and development agency that enjoys doing work with purpose.
In the IA community, Dan has organized World IA Day Boston, co-organized the IA Academics & Practitioners Roundtable, contributed a chapter to the recent book Advances in Information Architecture, and held multiple presenter and volunteer roles at the IA Summit/IA Conference.
Andrea Resmini is associate professor of experience design and information architecture in the Department of Intelligent Systems and Digital Design at Halmstad University.
An architect turned information architect, Andreas is a two-time past president of the Information Architecture Institute, a founding member of Architecta, the Italian Society for Information Architecture, the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information Architecture, and the author of Pervasive Information Architecture (2011), Reframing Information Architecture (2014), and Advances in Information Architecture (2021).
Andrea’s research focuses on the information architecture of blended spaces, placemaking, and the design of games to explore wicked problems. He knows way too much about the Whitechapel murders, Tolkien, and WWII submarine warfare for his own good.”
Sarah Rice is an information architect with over two decades of strategy and consulting experience, designing and executing excellent user experiences for companies such as Google, Sony, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, eBay, Princess Cruises and Yahoo!
She has a master’s degree in Information Science and consults with a number of user experience firms under Seneb Consulting. She served on the Board of Directors of the Information Architecture Institute, is active in the American Society for Information Science and Technology’s Information Architecture Summit. She also speaks regularly at industry conferences.
Jeff Pass made his first website in 1997 and has been involved in digital communications, design, usability, and IA ever since. For the past 23 years, he has been a federal contractor and has worked on dozens of digital government sites including COVIDtests.gov, USPS.gov, HealthCare.gov, CFTC.gov, and MyHealth.VA.gov.
Jeff attended his first IA Summit in New Orleans in 2012 and most Summits thereafter. He was Diversity & Inclusion co-director for the inaugural IA Conference and has been an IAC organizer/volunteer ever since. He helped draft the original IA Summit code of conduct and to adapt and iteratively update it for the IAC.
Jeff is very excited for the IAC to return to NOLA!
Beyond IAC, Jeff has helped organize other industry events including World IA Day DC, UXDC, DCUX, GoodGov UX, IA Summit, and UXPA DC. He has also helped organize and lead UX and IA communities of practice for his employers since 2007.
Jeff lives in Takoma Park, MD with his beloved family. He is an audiophile, cinephile, bibliophile, epicurean/mageirocophile, and LEGO maniac.