Introduction to Information Architecture

Below is a list of introductory resources that will serve as a great starting point for anyone new to the field.

There are currently 110 introductory resources in the library.

Articles and Papers

Определение за Информационна Архитектура Microsoft Word Document
by Peter Morville (2000)
Subject: Conferences & Meetings, Information Architecture - General
Language: Bulgarian

ユニバーサロンレポート: アクセシビリティやユーザビリティ満たす情報の枠組み (10/3/2003)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Japanese
Abstract: 2003年10月2日に行われたソシオメディア主催のフォーラム「成功するウェブサイトの情報整理術-インフォメーション・アーキテクチャの視点」の紹介および同フォーラムのために初来日したルイス・ローゼンフェルド氏への動画インタビュー。

Είμαι ένας Αρχιτέκτονας της Πληροφορίας (Am I an IA?) Microsoft Word Document (3/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: Greek
Abstract: Many people have asked themselves this question. We often find ourselves alone at the office wondering why we can’t fit into any specific department or, after so many evaluations, feel like we’re just not doing what it is that we really want to. The questions listed in this document may help you. Once you have completed the form we will recommend some steps that you can take to further your interests, find support and join a community of like-minded people.
Note: Translated from English

Τι είναι Αρχιτεκτονική Πληροφοριών (What is IA?) Microsoft Word Document (3/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: Greek
Abstract: The Information Architecture Institute is an international organization committed to advancing and promoting the practice of information architecture. We define information architecture as the art and science of organizing and labeling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability. As information proliferates exponentially, usability is becoming the critical success factor for websites and software applications. Good IA lays the necessary groundwork for an information system that makes sense to users.
Note: Translated from English.
Available Translations:
Português at iainstitute.org/documents/translations/pt/What-is-IA-PT-BR.doc

A Brief History of IA
by Andrea Resmini, Luca Rosati (2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: Cite as: Resmini, A. & Rosati, L. (2012). A Brief History of Information Architecture. Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 3, No. 2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume3/issue2/03-resmini/]. Originally published in Resmini, A. & Rosati L. (2011). Pervasive Information Architecture. Morgan Kauffman. (Edited by the authors).

This article is a reprint of parts of Chapter 2 of Pervasive Information Architecture by Andrea Resmini and Luca Rosati, a book published by Morgan Kauffman. The text was partially edited for clarity by the authors. The Journal would like to thank Morgan Kauffman for consenting to the reprint. All rights remain the property of the original right holders.

Adakah Saya Seorang Jurubina Maklumat? (3/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: Bahasa (Malay)
Note: Original in English

Am I An Information Architect? PDF Document (3/20/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: Many people have asked themselves this question. We often find ourselves alone at the office wondering why we can’t fit into any specific department or, after so many evaluations, feel like we’re just not doing what it is that we really want to. The questions listed in this document may help you. Once you have completed the form we will recommend some steps that you can take to further your interests, find support and join a community of like-minded people.
Available Translations:
Español at iainstitute.org/es/documentos/Soy_un_AI.pdf
Nederlands at iainstitute.org/nl/translations/ben_ik_een_informatiearchitect.php

Am I an Information Architect? (Arabic) Microsoft Word Document
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Arabic

An Information Architect's Manifesto
by Peter Morville (1/30/2001)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Note: Original article in English
Available Translations:
Português at iainstitute.org/pt/translations/000166.html

Apakah Itu Seni Bina Maklumat (SM)? (3/20/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: Bahasa (Malay)
Note: Original in English

Arquitectura de la información para la Red (Capítulo 1)
by Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld (8/2002)
Subject: Business Strategy, Human Computer Interaction, Information Architecture - General
Language: Español
Note: Translated from English. Chapter 1, 3ed. is identical to Chapter 1, 2ed.
Available Translations:
English at iainstitute.org/translations/morville-rosenfeld_chapter1.pdf
Italiano at iainstitute.org/translations/morville-rosenfeld_capitolo1.pdf

Becoming an Information Architect
by Sacha Cohen (1999)
Subject: Information Architecture - Job Skills
Language: English
Abstract: An interview with Mattie Langenberg, principal of the Chicago-based Schema Studios, and Creative Director Michael Brooks about the field of information architecture and what it takes to succeed as an information architect. This is one of the first articles noted in the literature about what an Information Architect does. The original article is no longer available on Monster.com and we have been unable to locate Sacha Cohen or another version of this interview outside archive.org. Read for a fascinating look at a career alternative that was new in 1999.

Ben ik een informatiearchitect? (3/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: Nederlands
Note: Original in English
Available Translations:
English at iainstitute.org/documents/learn/Am_I_an_IA.pdf

Check It Twice: The B&A Staff Reveals the Way They Make Lists
by Staff Boxes and Arrows (1/16/2006)
Subject: Information Organization
Language: English
Abstract: Holiday lists, to-do lists, grocery lists. With the end of the year come the holidays, and holidays are usually a time for making lists. Take a look into the process (and obsessions) of list-making from our staff.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

Co to jest architektura informacji? (What is IA?) Microsoft Word Document (3/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: Polish
Abstract: Instytut Architektury Informacji jest organizacją międzynarodową zaangażowaną we wspieranie i promowanie praktyki architektury informacji (AI).

AI definiujemy jako sztukę oraz naukę organizowania i etykietowania stron internetowych, intranetowych, społeczeństw sieciowych i oprogramowania w celu wspierania użyteczności.

W czasach gdy informacja rozprzestrzenia się bardzo szeroko użyteczność staje się decydującym czynnikiem zapewniającym sukces stronom internetowym i aplikacjom. Dobra architektura informacji kładzie niezbędne podstawy dla systemu informacyjnego, który jest logiczny dla użytkowników.
Note: Translated from English

Cos’è l’Architecttura Dell’Informazione (Capitolo 1) PDF Document
by Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld (8/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Italiano
Note: Translated from English.
Chapter 1, 3ed. is identical to Chapter 1, 2ed.
Available Translations:
English at iainstitute.org/translations/morville-rosenfeld_chapter1.pdf
Español at iainstitute.org/es/translations/arquitectura_de_la_informacion_para_la_red_capitulo_1.php

Czy jestem architektem informacji? Microsoft Word Document (3/20/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: Polish
Abstract: Wielu ludzi zadaje sobie to pytanie. Siedząc czasem w biurze zastanawiamy się dlaczego nie pasujemy do żadnego oddziału firmy lub, po wielu ocenach czujemy, że w zasadzie nie robimy tego co byśmy chcieli. Poniższe pytania mogą Ci pomóc. Wystarczy, że raz wypełnisz formularz my zaproponujemy Ci następne kroki, aby wyjść naprzeciw Twoim zainteresowaniom, pomożemy nawiązać kontakt z ludźmi myślącymi podobnie.
Note: This is a Polish translation of the original article, "Am I an Information Architect?"

Czym jest architektura informacji? (Rozdział 1) PDF Document
by Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld (8/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Polish
Note: Translated from English. Chapter 1, 3ed. is identical to Chapter 1, 2ed.

Definitia Arhitecturii de Informatie
by Peter Morville (11/14/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Romanian
Note: Original article in English.
Available Translations:
English at www.semanticstudios.com/publications/semantics/000010.php

Die Definition der Informationsarchitektur (IA)
by Peter Morville (11/14/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Deutsch
Abstract: Das vor kurzem neu eingeweihte Asilomar-Institut für Informationsarchitektur löste zwei vorhersehbare Reaktionen aus: Ist dies ein weiterer Versuch, IA zu definieren? Was überhaupt ist IA und warum habe ich bisher noch nie etwas davon gehört? Diese Fragen kommen offensichtlich aus zwei unterschiedlichen Lagern. IA-Eingeweihte, die bereits ein Jahrzehnt an Definitions-Debatten miterlebt haben und dabei müde geworden sind, nur noch über die Details zu diskutieren. IA-Außenseiter, die beträchtliche Mehrheit auf diesem Planeten, welche und noch nie etwas von Informationsarchitektur gehört haben.
Note: Original in English
Also available at: iainstitute.org/translations/000129.php

Editorial: An Information Architect By Any Other Name
by Eric Reiss (1/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: Is information architecture dead? No way! It ain’t even sick. Let me share some personal observations about our field.
Note: Cite as: Reiss, E. (2011). An Information Architect by any Other Name (Editorial). Journal of Information Architecture. Vol. 2, No. 2. [Available at http://journalofia.org/volume2/issue2/01-reiss/]
Available Translations:
Italiano at iainstitute.org/it/translations/001359.php

Facets in your Future
by Bob Doyle (6/8/2004)
Subject: Faceted Classification
Language: English
Abstract: A faceted alternative to fixed-hierarchy, single-taxonomy, directory-style websites.

Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata
by Adam Mathes (12/2004)
Subject: Classification
Language: English
Abstract: An explanation of folksonomies, with examples from Flickr and del.icio.us.

Forgotten Forefather: Paul Otlet
by Alex Wright (11/10/2003)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: Meet the forgotten forefather of information architecture. The man who, in the 1930s, envisioned a system that would one day allow people to access an interlinked and annotated research database from great distances by means of an electric telescope connected through a telephone line, retrieving a facsimile image to be projected remotely on a flat screen.
Note: Wright, Alex (2003). Forgotten Forefather: Paul Otlet. Boxes and Arrows. Retrieved from http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/forgotten_forefather _paul_otlet.

Glossario di Architettura dell'Informazione
by Kat Hagedorn (3/2000)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Italiano
Abstract: Glossario di Architettura dell'Informazione preparati per Argus Associates da Kat Hagedorn, Marzo 2000. Traduzione di Barbara Wiel Marin, 15 Dicembre 2009.
Available Translations:
English at argus-acia.com/white_papers/iaglossary.html

Hoe maak je een facetclassificatie en hoe plaats je haar op het web
by William Denton (3/28/2009)
Subject: Faceted Classification
Language: Nederlands
Abstract: Describes when to use faceted classification on web sites and provides instruction for creating a faceted classification system.
Note: Original in English.
Also available at: iainstitute.org/translations/001191.php
Available Translations:
English at www.miskatonic.org/library/facet-web-howto.html

How to Make a Faceted Classification and Put It On the Web
by William Denton (3/28/2009)
Subject: Faceted Classification
Language: English
Abstract: Describes when to use faceted classification on web sites and provides instruction for creating a faceted classification system.
Also available at: iainstitute.org/translations/001191.php
Available Translations:
Deutsch at iainstitute.org/de/translations/wie_man_eine_facettenklassifikation_erstellt_und_diese_ins_web_bringt_teil_1_von_2.php
Nederlands at iainstitute.org/nl/translations/hoe_maak_je_een_facetclassificatie_en_hoe_plaats_je_haar_op_het_web_.php

IA再考
by Jesse James Garrett (2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Japanese
Abstract: 2001年のIAサミットを境にIAの理論と実践についてIAコミュニティでかつてない議論が起こりました。この6つの章からなるエッセイは、IAの今までとそしてこれからどこへ向かっていくべきなのか論争に終止符を打つべくJJGが書き上げた渾身のエッセイです。
Available Translations:
English at www.jjg.net/ia/recon/

Information Architecture 101: A crash course for the enterprise architect
by Thomas Myer (5/23/2006)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: IBM DeveloperWorks article on defining IA for Enterprise Architects. Almost everything you ever wanted to know about information architecture. What is information architecture? What roles do information architects play in the enterprise space? Are information architects content experts, usability experts, database administrators (DBAs), Extensible Markup Language (XML) analysts? Or all of the above? How can understanding the concepts behind information architecture help your enterprise project succeed? Take this crash course on information architecture to find out.

Information Architecture Glossary
by Kat Hagedorn (2000)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: This glossary is intended to foster development of a shared vocabulary within the new and rapidly evolving field of information architecture. It should serve as a valuable reference for anyone involved with or interested in the design of information architectures for web sites, intranets and other information systems.
Note: Original translation is in English.
Available Translations:
Italiano at iainstitute.org/it/translations/001062.php

Information Architecture Tutorial
by John Shiple (11/9/1998)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: This article is an introduction to the field of information architecture. Five lessons are given in goal definition, audiences and competitors, site content, site structure, and visual design.
Available Translations:
Italiano at iainstitute.org/it/translations/001112.php

Interview with Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville
by Scott Hill (2000)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: An O'Reilly interview with Peter Morville and Lou Rosenfeld about their book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, their work, and the field of information architecture.

Intervista a Louis Rosenfeld e Peter Morville
by Scott Hill (1/1/2000)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Italiano
Abstract: Interview with Peter Morville and Lou Rosenfeld about their book, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, their work, and the field of information architecture.
Note: Original in English

Introducción a la Arquitectura de Información
by Javier Velasco (2001)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Español
Abstract: Una introducción a la profesión, escrita por el Arquitecto de Información chileno Javier Velasco.

Knowledge at Your Fingertips
by Arun Martin (4/2010)
Subject: Knowledge Management
Language: English
Abstract: If you ever wondered, What is a Knowledge Base? Read this article.

La arquitectura de la información del siglo XX al XXI
by Jesús Bustamante (12/18/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Español
Abstract: Resumen de la historia reciente de la Arquitectura de Información, comenzando en la decada de 1970.

O Manifesto de um Arquitecto de Informação
by Peter Morville (1/30/2001)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Português
Note: Original article in English
Available Translations:
English at argus-acia.com/strange_connections/strange010.html

O QUE É ARQUITETURA DE INFORMAÇÃO? Microsoft Word Document (3/20/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: Português
Note: Original in English
Available Translations:
Greek at iainstitute.org/translations/What-is-IA-Greek.doc

Optimizing Conversion Rates: It's All About Usability
by Frank Puscher (5/15/2009)
Subject: Business Context, E-commerce, Education & Training
Language: English
Abstract: In eCommerce usability improvements usually have a huge impact on conversion rates. However, usability doesn’t only mean better visual guide or better site hierarchy. It also means a better communication with potential customers using a professional, trustworthy design, delivering the right information at the right time and communicating with users instead of throwing ad-slogans at them.

In this article you’ll learn what to consider when preparing a perfect landing page for your product, how to focus user’s attention on the most important parts of your sites and also how you can use videos and user ratings to improve your conversion rates.

Shall We Dance?, Journal of IA PDF Document
by Dorte Madsen (3/2009)
Subject: Information Architecture - Education & Training
Language: English
Abstract: Editorial. But where is the research in information architecture? (...) You may come across research involving information architecture or relevant for information architecture, but not necessarily written with a specific purpose of developing the field of information architecture, of adding to the body of knowledge about information architecture, developing concepts for information architecture, nor in general addressing the theoretical foundations of information architecture. Now, with a Journal of Information Architecture, we have a forum where we can publish what is central to the development of the field of information architecture.

Site Navigation: A Few Helpful Definitions
by Indi Young (2002)
Subject: Navigation
Language: English
Abstract: Provides some basic definitions surrounding site navigation that will help your team with building a shared vocabulary for more effective collaboration.

Sou Um Arquiteto De Informação? Microsoft Word Document (3/20/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Note: Original in English.

The Challenge of Dashboards and Portals
by Joe Lamantia (12/14/2006)
Subject: Business Strategy, Personalization & Customization, Portals
Language: English
Abstract: Can components come to the rescue for executive dashboards? Much like IKEA uses interchangeable islands, counters, and cupboards to create a custom kitchen, by Joe Lamantia shows how it is possible to use a modular approach for executive dashboards.
Note: Boxes and Arrows

The Role of Classification in Knowledge Representation and Discovery
by Barabara H. Kwasnik (7/1999)
Subject: Classification, Classification Systems, Organizational Theory
Language: English
Abstract: THE LINK BETWEEN CLASSIFICATION AND KNOWLEDGE is explored. Classification schemes have properties that enable the representation of entities and relationships in structures that reflect knowledge of the domain being classified. Examples are provided of the way in which knowledge and the classification process affect each other.
Note: Cited by Abe Crystal on AIfIA list.

Tutorial di Architettura dell'Informazione
by John Shiple (11/9/1998)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Italiano
Abstract: This article is an introduction to the field of information architecture. Five lessons are given in goal definition, audiences and competitors, site content, site structure, and visual design.
Note: Original in English
Available Translations:
English at www.webmonkey.com/2010/02/information_architecture_tutorial/

Understanding Information Architecture Differently
by Nathaniel Davis (5/8/2012)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: English
Abstract: The Big IA perspective is still evolving, as the creation of digital products and services reveals new gaps and challenges,while the narrow perspective on information architecture remains a highly under-researched, under-developed, and under-communicated subject domain that is as important today as it was when it originally surfaced in the early 1990s. People originally called the narrow perspective on information architecture little IA. Todays more politically correct term is classic IA. Id really like to call it just information architecture. Why? Simply for the fact that--before there was any need to produce wireframes; improve Web site planning, strategy,or tactics; or discuss platforms and channels--there was a need to address a unique concern within the new context that the Internet had created,for which there was no single source to which one could go for answers.

Usability for Technical Writers
by Arun Martin (4/2010)
Subject: User Centered Design
Language: English
Abstract: A review By Arun Martin of a session on Usability for Technical Writers at Huawei Technologies India Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, on March 20, 2010. It was conducted by the User Research and Usability SIG of the STC India Chapter.

Usability for Technical Writers
by Arun Martin (4/2010)
Subject: User Centered Design
Language: English
Abstract: A review By Arun Martin of a session on Usability for Technical Writers at Huawei Technologies India Pvt. Ltd, Bangalore, on March 20, 2010. It was conducted by the User Research and Usability SIG of the STC India Chapter.

User Experience Deliverables
by Peter Morville (1/27/2009)
Subject: Expert Opinions, Information Architecture - Practices, Interaction Design
Language: English
Abstract: This article describes twenty user experience deliverables with links to relevant resources and examples. Clearly, these artifacts of the process are not the whole story. We must also think about the relationship between goals, methods, and documents. And yet, for many of us, deliverables are the coin of the realm and merit special attention.

User-centred redesign of the FaCS intranet
by Donna Maurer (6/2004)
Subject: Case Studies, Intranets & Extranets
Language: English
Abstract: The Department of Family and Community Services applied user-centred techniques in the redevelopment of their large Government intranet, and it serves as a useful model for other organisations looking to tackle the same issues.

Wat is informatiearchitectuur? (3/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: Nederlands
Note: Original in English
Available Translations:
English at iainstitute.org/documents/learn/What_is_IA.pdf

We are All Information Architects: Interview with Eric Reiss at Krakow Pedigogical University
by Stanislaw Skorka (1/2008)
Subject: Information Architecture - General, Information Architecture - Job Skills
Language: English
Abstract: An interview with Eric Reiss about information architecture. Addresses the issue of its definition, how to develop as an IA professional, and what fields of knowledge and skills an information architect should have.
Note: Original article in Polish.
Available Translations:
Polish at www.wsp.krakow.pl/konspekt/30/index.php?i=023

Websitenavigatie: een aantal nuttige definities
by Indi Young (9/3/2002)
Subject: Navigation
Language: Dansk
Note: original in English

What Is An Information Architect? PDF Document (3/20/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: The Information Architecture Institute is an international organization committed to advancing and promoting the practice of information architecture. We define information architecture as the art and science of organizing and labeling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability. As information proliferates exponentially, usability is becoming the critical success factor for websites and software applications. Good IA lays the necessary groundwork for an information system that makes sense to users.
Available Translations:
Español at iainstitute.org/es/documentos/Cual_es_un_AI.pdf
Nederlands at iainstitute.org/nl/translations/wat_is_informatiearchitectuur.php

What is Information Architecture? (Arabic) Microsoft Word Document
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Arabic

Wszyscy jesteśmy architektami informacji (We Are All Information Architects)
by Stanislaw Skorka (1/2008)
Subject: Information Architecture - General, Information Architecture - Job Skills
Language: Polish
Abstract: Wywiad z prof. Ericem Reissem

An interview with Eric Reiss about information architecture. Addresses the issue of its definition, how to develop as an IA professional, and what fields of knowledge and skills an information architect should have.
Note: also translated to English at http://www.wsp.krakow.pl/konspekt/30/index.php?i=024
Available Translations:
English at www.wsp.krakow.pl/konspekt/30/index.php?i=024

¿Cuál es un Arquitecto de Información? PDF Document (3/20/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: Español
Abstract: Definimos a la arquitectura de información como el arte y ciencia de organizar y etiquetar sitios web, intranets, comunidades online y software para mejorar la usabilidad. A medida que la información prolifera exponencialmente, la usabilidad se está convirtiendo en un factor crítico de éxito para los sitios web y las aplicaciones de software. Una buena AI establece las bases necesarias para un sistema de información que tenga sentido para sus usuarios.
Available Translations:
English at iainstitute.org/documents/learn/What_is_IA.pdf

¿Soy un Arquitecto de Información? PDF Document (3/20/2007)
Subject: Education & Training, Information Architecture - Education & Training, Information Architecture - General
Language: Español
Abstract: Mucha gente se ha hecho esta pregunta: ¿Soy un Arquitecto de Información? Muchas veces nos encontramos solos en la oficina preguntándonos por qué no encajamos en un departamento específico o, después de una cantidad de evaluaciones, sentimos que simplemente no estamos haciendo lo que realmente queremos.
Available Translations:
English at iainstitute.org/documents/learn/Am_I_an_IA.pdf

Blogs, Columns and Journals

フランスの情報屋
by Kimio Hayashi (2004)
Subject: Controlled Vocabularies, Information Organization, Metadata
Language: Japanese
Abstract: フランスで言語学博士課程の林公生がテクニカルコミュニケーションの視点から「フランス」と「情報を伝えるための方法論」を身近な口調で紹介するコラム。

明示的に宣言されます。
by Naomi Sato (2002)
Subject: Faceted Classification, Searching, Web Development
Language: Japanese
Abstract: 佐藤直美によるWeb情報設計についてのウェブログ。毎回鋭い視点で軽快にかつさわやかにファセット分類法から映画にダイエットと幅広くアットランダムに語られる。

Books

ウェブ・ユーザビリティ ルールブック Web Usability in Japan
by Toshikazu Shinohara, Yukiko Takei (2001)
Subject: Accessibility, Navigation
Language: Japanese
Abstract: ビービットによるWebユーザビリティとサイト設計についての入門書。本書は日本語サイトを事例に、ナビゲーションや基本インターフェース、ページデザインなど、サイト設計時に考慮すべき基本事項を初心者向けに丁寧に解説している。

実践情報アーキテクチャ
by Eric Reiss, Toshikazu Shinohara (2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Japanese
Abstract: サイト構築のプロセスをインフォメーションアーキテクトの実践的なアプローチを手本に紹介。サイトの目的設定からコンテンツ整理、カテゴライズ方法、機能要件の決定方法やユーザビリティの検証方法など。

情報デザイン - 分りやすさの設計
Subject: Information Design, Interface Design
Language: Japanese
Abstract: 情報デザインアソシエイツ(IID.j)編集による「分りやすさ」「伝えやすさ」とは何か、情報デザインの歴史や最新の研究成果、理論、思想などを情報化社会の中での「情報デザイン」の考え方として提示。巻末の「情報デザインを知るためのキーワード」と「参考文献」が非常に役立つ。日本語版のみであるが海外からも絶賛される1冊。

Architettura dell’informazione: Trovabiltà dagli oggetti quotidiani al Web
by Luca Rosati (2007)
Subject: Experience Design, Information Architecture - Practices, Information Architecture - Theory
Language: Italiano
Abstract: Il volume analizza alcuni principi chiave (euristiche) di architettura dell’informazione utili sia per progettare sia per valutare sistemi informativi complessi. Non solo in contesti digitali ma anche in quelli fisici (punti vendita, musei, aeroporti…). Di più: proprio perché queste euristiche sono trasversali ai vari contesti dell’interazione uomo-informazione, l’obiettivo del libro è proporre un modello unificato di architettura dell’informazione, a cavallo dei diversi ambiti dell’agire quotidiano, da quelli fisici a quelli digitali.
Also available at: lucarosati.it/blog/architettura-informazione-trovabilita

Arquitectura de la información para la Red: Capítulo 1
by Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld (11/2006)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Español
Abstract: This book introduces the user to the emerging field of information architecture. It teaches how to design web sites and intranets that support growth, management and ease of use.
Note: Translated from English.

Beyond Book Indexing
by Diane Brenner, Marilyn Rowland (2000)
Subject: Indexing, Supplemental Navigation
Language: English
Abstract: How to get started in web indexing, with a back-of-the-book style A-Z index as a supplemental navigation tool.

Czym Jest Architektura Informactji? PDF Document
by Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld (11/2006)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Polish
Abstract: This book introduces the user to the emerging field of information architecture. It teaches how to design web sites and intranets that support growth, management and ease of use.

Definind Arhitectura Informatiei
by Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld (6/1/2000)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Romanian
Abstract: Ce este arhitectura informatiei? Un domeniu care se naste ori o stea cazatoare? Ce face un arhitect de informatie? Esti tu un arhitect de informatie? Sint eu? Este asta o eticheta potrivita pentru disciplina noastra? Mai conteaza etichetele si definitiile?
Available Translations:
English at www.amazon.com/gp/product/0596000359/qid=1144254459

Diseño Digital
by Javier Royo
Subject: Information Architecture - General, User Centered Design, Web Design
Language: Español
Abstract: En el presente libro se explican de forma sencilla y clara los conceptos fundamentales para entender y aprender todo lo relativo al diseño digital. Se habla de cómo ha evolucionado el lenguaje del diseño con la aparición y el desarrollo de las nuevas tecnologías (Internet, telefonía, móvil, redes, televisión digital...) Se realiza un recorrido por la historia del diseño de la interfaz gráfica de usuario y de los sistemas de comunicación utilizados en la misma. Se analizan de forma profunda las relaciones entre las computadoras y el ser humano (usabilidad) y se establecen las pautas para la creación gráfica y el diseño en Internet de los sistemas de iconos, la tipografía, el color o las estructuras de información (mapas).

Information Architecture
by Laura Caprio, Beatrice Ghiglione (2003)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Italiano
Abstract: Partendo dalle origini e dalle definizioni della disciplina, il libro propone un modello di progettazione dell'architettura informativa, le attività di cui si compone, le tecniche su cui si fonda e i consigli su come utilizzarle. Le attività di progettazione, suddivise in tre fasi sequenziali, vengono presentate in maniera dettagliata, dando particolare rilevanza alla descrizione dell'attività, agli obiettivi ad essa legati, ai dati d'indagine (input), alle tecniche per condurre l'attività e ai risultati anche parziali (output) che vengono prodotti e danno forma al progetto.

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
by Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld (2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: This book introduces the user to the emerging field of information architecture. It teaches how to design web sites and intranets that support growth, management and ease of use.
Available Translations:
Japanese at www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASIN/487311134X/ia-22/
Romanian at iainstitute.org/translations/Definind-Arhitectura-Informatiei-2000-ro.html

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 3rd Edition
by Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld (11/2006)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Romanian
Abstract: This book introduces the user to the emerging field of information architecture. It teaches how to design web sites and intranets that support growth, management and ease of use.
Also available at: oreilly.com/catalog/9780596000356/

Information Architecture for the WWW, 2nd ed. PDF Document
by Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld (8/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: This book introduces the user to the emerging field of information architecture. It teaches how to design web sites and intranets that support growth, management and ease of use.
Note: Original English Source
Also available at: oreilly.com/catalog/9780596000356/
Available Translations:
Español at iainstitute.org/es/translations/arquitectura_de_la_informacion_para_la_red_capitulo_1.php
Italiano at iainstitute.org/translations/morville-rosenfeld_capitolo1.pdf

Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web
by Christina Wodtke (2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - General, Process & Techniques, User Centered Design
Language: English
Abstract: This book introduces the core concepts of information architecture: organizing web site content for findability, designing pleasant web site interactions, and creating an easy to use interface. This book aims to teach the information architecture skills necessary to avoid making costly mistakes. It is intended for everyone that works with information architecture including designers, programmers, and project managers.

Organizzare la conoscenza. Dalle biblioteche all’architettura dell’informazione per il Web
by Claudio Gnoli, Vittorio Marino, Luca Rosati (4/2006)
Subject: Classification, Findability, Library & Information Science
Language: Italiano
Abstract: Come classificare l’informazione (nel Web e non) per renderla facilmente reperibile? Dopo una breve introduzione sui principi teorici dell’organizzazione della conoscenza, attraverso casi concreti il libro descrive come le tecniche di classificazione elaborate in ambito bibliotecario possano essere applicate con successo all’architettura dell’informazione per il Web.

Pervasive Information Architecture: Designing Cross-Channel User Experiences
by Andrea Resmini, Luca Rosati (4/2011)
Subject: Experience Design, Information Architecture - Practices, Standards & Guidelines
Language: English
Abstract: As physical and digital interactions intertwine, new challenges for digital product designers and developers, as well as, industrial designers and architects are materializing. While well versed in designing navigation, organization, and labelling of websites and software, professionals are faced the crucial challenge of how to apply these techniques to information systems that cross communication channels that link the digital world to the physical world.
Note: Resmini, Andrea and Luca Rosati. Pervasive Information Architecture: Designing Cross-Channel User Experiences. burlington: Morgan Kaufmann, 2011. Print.
Also available at: www.amazon.com/dp/0123820944/

The Elements of User Experience
by Jesse James Garrett (2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - General, User Centered Design, Visual Design
Language: English
Abstract: The Elements of User Experience cuts through the complexity of user-centered design for the Web with clear explanations and vivid illustrations that focus on ideas rather than tools or techniques. Jesse James Garrett gives readers the big picture of Web user experience development, from strategy and requirements to information architecture and visual design. This accessible introduction helps any Web development team, large or small, to create a successful user experience.

Web情報アーキテクチャ
by Peter Morville, Lou Rosenfeld, Toshikazu Shinohara (2003)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Japanese
Abstract: 複雑で大規模になりがちな今日のWebサイト構築には、ユーザーにとって使いやすく設計するための論理的なノウハウが必要です。それらを情報整理や分類学、ユーザー調査、さらにはエンタープライズレベルの組織改造までと幅広い視点からWebサイトを情報提供ツールとするための論理的な方法論として紹介。人気があった『情報アーキテクチャ入門』の第2版。
Available Translations:
English at www.amazon.com/gp/product/0596000359/qid=1144254459

Organizations, Conferences and Mailing Lists

ia-j
Subject: Discussion Lists, Information Architecture - General
Language: Japanese
Abstract: インフォメーションアーキテクトとは何か、セミナーやMLを通して模索するIAAJ (Information Archiect Association Japan)主催のメーリングリスト。

Isko Italia (2003)
Subject: Classification, Indexing, Information Organization
Language: Italiano
Abstract: L'International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) è un'associazione internazionale che si propone di studiare aspetti teorici, metodologici e sperimentali dell'organizzazione delle conoscenze, facendone una vera e propria scienza. Dall'analisi dei diversi approcci semantici all'informazione (classificazioni, ontologie, tesauri...) vengono sviluppati principi e modelli, applicabili a contesti diversi quali basi di dati, biblioteche, dizionari, Internet, ecc.

Presentations and Podcasts

Architektura informacji rzeczy codziennego użytku Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Jesse James Garrett (3/17/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science
Language: Polish
Abstract: A PowerPoint presentation on information architecture and information science as it relates to everyday things and the world around us.
Note: Link is to a Powerpoint file. Original is in English.

Behind the Scenes: The Berlin IA Cocktail Hour
by Jan Jursa (9/2009)
Subject: Conferences & Meetings
Language: English
Abstract: We love Institute member Jan Jursas video on how to host an IA Cocktail Hour. Jan who cohosts the Berlin IA Cocktail Hour with Sabine Stoessel, interviews Peter Boersma of the Amsterdam IA Cocktail Hour on how to set up a local group, then walks you through planning and hosting a Berlin event, inlcuding tips, scenes from recent events and some very lovely imagery of Amsterdam canals and Berlin street scenes.

De informatiearchitectuur van alledaagse dingen Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Jesse James Garrett (3/17/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science
Language: Dansk
Abstract: A PowerPoint presentation on information architecture and information science as it relates to everyday things and the world around us.
Note: Original is in English. The URL links to a Powerpoint document.

IA Network Guide PDF Document
by Wolf Noeding (3/22/2007)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: This guide is for 1. YOU, 2. people that are interested in the field of IA and 3. members of the IA Institute to answer some questions about... - Who's an IA? - What are local groups? - How do IAs network and collaborate? - What initiatives are currently available? - How can I join in the initiatives? - What's the workflow of the translation initiative for example? - How do existing Tools and Platforms support me in network and collaboration?

Information Architecture: A Brief Introduction Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Samantha Bailey (5/2004)
Subject: Conferences & Meetings, Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: An introduction to the field of Information Architecture from Samantha Bailey
Also available at: iainstitute.org/tools/download/Bailey-IAIntro.pdf

Introduction to IA Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Donna Maurer (5/2004)
Subject: Conferences & Meetings, Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: An introduction to Information Architecture by Donna Maurer.
Also available at: aifia.org/tools/download/Maurer-IAIntro.pdf

PowerPoint Introduction to Visual Vocabulary Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Jesse James Garrett (3/16/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: This PowerPoint presentation provides a high-level overview of visual vocabularies and their use.
Note: This links to a Microsoft PowerPoint document.

The Information Architecture of Everyday Things Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Jesse James Garrett (3/17/2002)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory, Information Science
Language: English
Abstract: A PowerPoint presentation on information architecture and information science as it relates to everyday things and the world around us.
Note: This links to a Microsoft PowerPoint document.

Understanding Information Architecture
by Peter Morville (6/27/2011)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: An introduction to the field and practice of Information Architecture.

Why IA Matters Microsoft PowerPoint Document
by Peter Morville (5/2004)
Subject: Conferences & Meetings, Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: Why is IA Important?:
Cost of finding (time, frustration):
Cost of not finding (bad decisions, alternate channels):
Cost of construction (staff, technology, planning, bugs):
Cost of maintenance (content management, redesigns):
Cost of training (employees, turnover):
Value of education (related products, projects, people):
Value of brand (identity, reputation, trust):

Also available at: iainstitute.org/tools/download/Morville-WhyIaMatters.pdf

Tools

Introduction to IA Brochures
by Victor Lombardi, Dan Willis (11/27/2003)
Subject: Classics, Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: Two brochures that help explain information architecture to business and technical people. A full color 6x8 inch version is suitable for printing as postcards, and an 8.5x11 inch black and white version can be printed on any printer. Both are covered by a creative commons license and can be modified to suit your needs.
Also available at: iainstitute.org/documents/tools/IAforBizAndTech_6x8.pdf

UX Health Check
by Austin Govella, Livia Labate (3/22/2009)
Subject: Business Context, Experience Design, Tools & Technology
Language: English
Abstract: The Health Check is technique for User Experience professionals to express the quality of a product or service’s experience and convey it in terms that are familiar to business stakeholders, creating a common ground for discussion and exploration.
Note: Presented at IA Summit 2009 Poster Session

Web Sites and Resources

インフォメーションアーキテクチャ関連用語集
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Japanese
Abstract: ミツエーリンクによるWebサイト構築における情報アーキテクチャ分野の関連用語集。

信息架构师的工作 PDF Document
by Jesse James Garrett (7/2000)
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Chinese
Abstract: This PDF document summarizes the results of a comparative analysis of IA job descriptions conducted in July 2000.
Note: Original article is in English.

A Visual Vocabulary for Describing Information Architecture and Interaction Design
by Jesse James Garrett (2002)
Subject: Process & Techniques
Language: English
Abstract: This document discusses the considerations in development of such diagrams, outlines a basic symbology for diagramming information architecture and interaction design concepts, and provides guidelines for the use of these elements.

Co robi architekt informacji PDF Document
by Jesse James Garrett
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Polish
Abstract: This PDF document summarizes the results of a comparative analysis of IA job descriptions conducted in July 2000.
Note: Original in English

Elementy User Experience
by Jesse James Garrett
Subject: Experience Design
Language: Polish
Abstract: This one-page PDF attempts to impose order upon the chaotic array of terms and concepts currently being used to describe user experience development.
Note: Original in English. This links to a Word document.
Available Translations:
English at www.jjg.net/ia/elements.pdf

FQSラボラトリ Information Architecture (2003)
Subject: Information Architecture - Theory
Language: Japanese
Abstract: Webサイト構築において情報アーキテクチャ分野で考慮すべき4つの項目(前提条件、構造化、デザイン、コンテンツ)についてミツエリンクの制作ノウハウからの独自定義を紹介。

Guide to Organizing, Marketing, Facilitating, UX Show and Tell Workshops PDF Document (2010)
Subject: Conferences & Meetings, Guides & Collections, Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: A guide to organizing, marketing, and facilitating workshops to share user experience design documentation and deliverables.

IA China
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Chinese
Abstract: Chinese IA informational website with links to translated books and general IA resources. Points to both Chinese and English language resources.

IA China

IA Classics in Comic Book Form PDF Document
by Dan Willis
Subject: Card Sorting, Personas, Site Blueprints
Language: English
Abstract: Illustrations are used in presenting classic IA tools such as sitepath diagramming, topic mapping, free listing, card sorting, and personas.
Note: This links to a PDF document.

IA Glossary
by Bob Doyle
Subject: Information Architecture - Education & Training
Language: English
Abstract: The Information Architecture Glossary defines terms useful in the practice of IA and related disciplines. This glossary is available for syndication under a Creative Commons license. Syndication information is available.

IBM 使いやすさ (Ease of Use) Web design
Subject: Guides & Collections, User Centered Design, Web Design
Language: Japanese
Abstract: 初心者および中級者レベルのWebサイト設計者向けにIBMの研究グループが策定した使いやすいインターフェースとWebサイト設計のためのガイドライン。
Available Translations:
English at www-3.ibm.com/ibm/easy/eou_ext.nsf/publish/572

IBM Ease of Use Web design guidelines
Subject: Guides & Collections, User Centered Design, Web Design
Language: English
Abstract: The IBM Ease of Use Group's guidelines for following a user-centered design process and creating easy-to-use Web interfaces. The information is valuable for a range of designers from novices to the more experienced and covers such topics as planning, design, production, and maintenance.
Available Translations:
Japanese at www-6.ibm.com/jp/design/eou/3webdesi/index.html

La classificazione a faccette: guida per la costruzione e l'utilizzazione di schemi speciali
by Brian Vickery (1972)
Subject: Classification Systems, Faceted Classification, Indexing
Language: Italiano
Abstract: Traduzione italiana del testo di Vickery "Faceted Classification: a guide to construction and use of special schemes", London, ASLIB, 1960. Vickery è uno dei membri più autorevoli del CRG (Classification Research Group), che negli anni '60 riprese e affinò la teoria delle faccette elaborata da Ranganathan. Questo libro resta ancora oggi uno dei riferimenti fondamentali sulla classificazione a faccette.

Lo que Hace un Arquitecto de Información
by Jesse James Garrett
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: Español
Abstract: This PDF document summarizes the results of a comparative analysis of IA job descriptions conducted in July 2000.
Note: Original article is in English.
Available Translations:
English at www.jjg.net/ia/iadoes0700.pdf

Portail des Métiers de l'Internet (2013)
Subject: Information Architecture - Job Skills
Language: Français
Abstract: Le secteur de l'internet est un secteur d'activité innovant, en pleine croissance et porteur d'emplois: des métiers se créent au fur et à mesure que se développent les technologies et les nouveaux services et usages du réseau. C'est pour favoriser une meilleure connaissance de ces métiers et répondre aux besoins de compétences des acteurs de l'économie numérique que la Délégation aux usages de l'internet, associ&eactute;e à de nombreux partenaires, a cré&eactute; le Portail des m&eactute;tiers de l'internet, outil d'information et d'orientation de réf&eactute;rence sur les métiers du web et les formations qui y préparent. L'objectif du Portail des m&eactute;tiers de l'internet est de contribuer à: l'orientation des jeunes en formation initiale et des adultes en formation continue; la formalisation des compétences num&eactute;riques dont les entreprises ont besoin; la d&eactute;finition des programmes de formation (publics et privés).

The Elements of User Experience PDF Document
by Jesse James Garrett
Subject: Experience Design
Language: English
Abstract: This one-page PDF attempts to impose order upon the chaotic array of terms and concepts currently being used to describe user experience development.
Note: This links to a PDF document.
Available Translations:
Polish at iainstitute.org/translations/001164.php

Usability Glossary
by Bob Goodman
Subject: User Testing
Language: English
Abstract: A glossary of some common terms and ideas from the usability profession.

What an Information Architect Does PDF Document
by Jesse James Garrett
Subject: Information Architecture - General
Language: English
Abstract: This PDF document summarizes the results of a comparative analysis of IA job descriptions conducted in July 2000.
Note: This links to a PDF document. Original article is in English.
Available Translations:
Español at iainstitute.org/es/translations/lo_que_hace_un_arquitecto_de_informacion.php


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