Introduction to Information Architecture

Information Architecture (IA) is the way that you arrange the parts of something to make it understandable. This course is meant to introduce the concepts of IA and give you confidence in practicing IA yourself.
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(65)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Oct 31, 2016
Duration
1h 17m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(65)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Oct 31, 2016
Duration
1h 17m
Description

No matter what your job or mission in life, if you are working with other people, you are dealing with information architecture. Information Architecture (IA) is the way that you arrange the parts of something to make it understandable. Whether it is determining the labels for your products and services or creating navigational systems to help users move through a complex ecosystem of marketing channels, everybody architects information. This course, Introduction to Information Architecture, is meant to introduce the concepts of IA and give you confidence in practicing IA yourself. First, you'll learn why IA matters. Then, you'll explore the ontology, taxonomy, and choreography. This course will wrap up by covering some of the most common questions about IA. By the end of this course, you'll have a fundamental knowledge of information architecture.

About the author
About the author

Abby Covert is an independent information architect. She writes under the pseudonym Abby the IA and is the author of “How to Make Sense of Any Mess” a book about information architecture for everybody.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hi everyone, my name is Abby Covert, and welcome to my course, Introduction to Information Architecture. I'm an independent information architect, working for clients around the world to make sense of their information messes. I'm also a teacher, a conference speaker, and the author of a beginner's guide to information architecture called How to Make Sense of Any Mess. Have you ever been working on a project, only to question whether or not something will actually make sense to your users, or even the other people on your team? If so, this course is for you. This course is an introduction to the practice and concepts of information architecture. I designed this course to be understandable to people working on all kinds of projects. Whether that's a startup working on the next big app idea, or an established organization looking to improve their users' experience. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include: What is information architecture and how we all practice it every day, but don't even know it? How about ontology? How can we improve our work by controlling our vocabulary? And next, let's talk about taxonomy and why defining the relationships between things is actually really critical in reaching our attention. And lastly, choreography, and why defining rules for different contacts and channels is crucial to meeting our users where they are. By the end of this course, you'll know the important concepts that make up the practice of information architecture, as well as the core tools and skillsets that you'll need as you improve your ability to do IA work. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn information architecture with my Introduction to IA course at Pluralsight.