IDEA 2006

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Information: Design, Experience, Access

Where: Seattle Public Library, Central Library
When: October 23-24, 2006

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Conference Mission
Confirmed Speakers
Rough schedule
Registration and Pricing
Location, Travel, and Lodging
Questions and Comments

Conference Mission

Design problems are increasingly becoming information problems.

Throughout their days, people are engaging with complex information to manage their lives.

And designers now realize that information isn't simply this stuff you find -- the appropriate presentation of information helps people make sense of the world around them.

This conference addresses issues of design for an always-on, always-connected world. Where "cyberspace" is a meaningless term because the online and offline worlds cannot be made distinct. Where physical spaces are so complex that detailed wayfinding is necessary to navigate them. Where work processes have become so involved, and so digitized, that we need new means to manage those processes.

This conference brings together people who are addressing these challenges head on. Speakers from a variety of backgrounds will discuss designing complex information spaces in the physical and virtual worlds.

Confirmed Speakers

We plan on featuring around 14 or so speakers, so more will be lined up!

Rough Schedule

As specifics are hammered out, this schedule will be made clearer

Monday, October 23

8am - 9am: Registration
9am - 9:30am: Introduction by Peter Merholz
9:30am - 12:15pm: Sessions, including Bruce Sterling
12:15pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm - 5:00pm: Sessions

Tuesday, October 24

8am - 9am: Breakfast
9am - 9:30am: Introduction to Day 2
9:30am - 12:15pm: Sessions, including Next Generation Libraries with the City Librarian of Seattle, Deborah Jacobs
12:15pm - 1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm - 4:30pm: Sessions
4:30pm - 5:00pm: Closing Remarks

Registration and Pricing

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Before June 26 June 27 - August 27 After August 27
IA Institute Members $300 $400 $500
Non-members $400 $500 $600
Students $200 $250 $300

There is a maximum of 250 attendees for this event.

(Interested in joining? Membership costs up to $40/yr.)

Location, Travel, and Lodging


Seattle Public Library
Central Library
1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
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We placed the conference on a Monday and Tuesday so that people could travel Sunday and miss as little work as possible.

The airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Buses cost up to $2.00, and take about 30 minutes to get to downtown.

Taxis are around $40 to the Library.


We are currently working on getting discounts at nearby hotels.

Questions, comments, suggestions?

For workshop details: Contact idea2006 AT iainstitute DOT org

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