2019 Main Conference Talk
Topic(s): diversity and inclusive design
“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 judgments 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 in learning what was discovered and built by a dynamic collection of adventurers, thought leaders, teachers, researchers, and other curious folks who explored how Information Architecture should foster diversity and inclusion in complex information spaces.
This session is sponsored by the 7th annual Academics and Practitioners Roundtable.
About the speaker(s)
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.
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!
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.
A creative leader with her roots in graphic design and sculpture, Bern Irizarry has built and led cross-disciplinary teams for over 20 years. She has researched and developed award-winning products and experiences for Fortune 500 companies and late stage startups as Founder and CEO of Velvet Hammer Design.
Bern delights in combining the aesthetic with the usable and holds two patents in color selection methods. She also gives back to the UX community, heading the Los Angeles Ladies that UX Chapter.