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October 31, 2016
1h 17m

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.


Hi everyone, my name is Abby Covert and welcome to my course Introduction to Information Architecture. I am an independent information architect working for clients around the world to make sense of their information messes. I am also a teacher and 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 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 user’s experience.

Some of the major topics that we will cover include:

  1. What is Information Architecture and how we all practice it everyday without knowing it
  2. What is ontology and how can we improve our work by controlling our vocabulary
  3. What is taxonomy and why defining the relationships between things is critical in reaching our intention
  4. What is choreography and why defining rules for different contexts and channels is crucial to meeting our users where they are
By the end this course, you’ll know the important concepts that make up the practice of information architecture as well as the core tools and skillsets 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 the Introduction to IA course, at Pluralsight.