2019 Pre-Conference Workshop
Topic(s): diversity and information architecture
“Diversity is going to the party. Inclusion is being on the party-planning committee.” [Verna Meyers]
Diversity and inclusion are imperative for anyone practicing information architecture. Categories, labels, and complex information spaces being built today will inherit value judgements by those who create them, impacting anyone else coming into contact with the frameworks that are built. On top of that, our society is changing as digital natives approach classification and naming differently from those who came before them.
Join a dynamic collection of adventurers, thought leaders, teachers, researchers, and other curious folks who will explore how Information Architecture needs to engender diversity and inclusion in complex information spaces. During this lively, highly participatory roundtable, the group will ground themselves in relevant philosophical and ethical frameworks as their peers (participants) share perspectives and experiences via lightning talks. Everyone will then work together with scenarios to brainstorm and co-create artifacts to support diversity and inclusion in IA.
An optional Day 2 Make-a-thon is being offered for those who want to take the results of Day 1 even further. At last year’s Ethics and IA Roundtable, participants produced a number of engaging and useful artifacts that they’ve continued to refine and present over the course of the year, including a board game, a draft code of ethics, and a scenario creation tool for ethical design (e.g. see bit.ly/2As5cWL). Join us and bring creative new ideas to life that you can develop, apply, and promote in your own practice.
The results created during this year’s roundtable will be presented at the Friday night Poster Session. Workshop participants will be invited to join in discussing the issues and the outcomes with other conference attendees in an enjoyable, relaxed setting.
Workshop attendees will:
- Have an opportunity to include their voice in how our field is shaped over time.
- Come away with a much deeper understanding of how IA is or is not inclusive, and what could be done to make changes.
- Create tools and artifacts to make available to peers and others interested in supporting inclusion in designing complex information spaces.
About the speaker(s)
Aaron “Ron” Irizarry is the Head of Design for Commercial Card & Experience Infrastructure at Capital One, and is also co-author of Discussing Design: Improving Communication and Collaboration Through Critique.
Beside his passion for building and mentoring teams, it is also important to know that Aaron is a master of the BBQ Arts, lifelong Dodgers fan, and heavy metal enthusiast.
An architect, teacher, and researcher, Andrea Resmini is the author of Pervasive Information Architecture and Reframing Information Architecture, and a two-times past president of the Information Architecture Institute. He co-founded the Journal of Information Architecture, Architecta, the Italian Society for Information Architecture, the Academic / Practitioner Roundtable, and World IA Day.
Andrea is a compulsive reader of WWII submarine warfare trivia, Tolkien drafts, and Jack the Ripper case studies. He is also one of the regular hosts of Acoustic Jam Night!
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.
Stacy Surla helps teams design and deliver products and services that work across digital and traditional channels. She integrates design thinking, Lean UX, and user-centered methods to put people at the heart of each effort. As a result, clients are able to deliver excellent outcomes for their customers, staff, and stakeholders.
Her career spans more than 30 years, with a concentration on human-centered transformation in not-for-profit and government settings. Ms. Surla is an adjunct professor at Kent State University’s graduate IA/KM program, and was a twice-elected officer of the Information Architecture Institute. She is Vice President at MetaMetrics Inc., delivering user experience and technical assistance in support of a democratic and open market world.
Keith Instone is a seasoned & compassionate user experience professional with 20 years of experience as a consultant, corporate practitioner (10 years with IBM), and professional leader. He is a freelancer based in Toledo, Ohio, who volunteers his UX skills for local nonprofits. He’s also co-founder of Tech Toledo and lectures at Bowling Green State University.