Discussion Archive: April 2007

5 Apr 2007 - 6:28pm
Dave Malouf

NextD takes a slash at "Findability Information Architecture"

Wow! you thought Josh Porter took a rough shot at IA (as this
community practices it), take a look at this shot.



David Malouf

5 Apr 2007 - 4:26pm
9 years ago
4 replies
Faye Hoffman

Training internal resources in IA


I am currently the only information architect at UVic and management doesn't
have long-term funding to hire further IA resources at this time. I've been
asked to "Ensure that a number of existing resources possess entry-level IA
skills through peer mentoring and education."

We haven't identified any resources with formal or informal IA training. The
resources we'd be training are primarily web developers and possibly a
linguist or library science professional.

I'd appreciate your thoughts on how to go about this.

5 Apr 2007 - 4:16pm
Aaron Louie

Seattle Monthly Meet-up - April 12th - organized by ASIS&T PNW

Join us for some good company and geeky conversation next Thursday
(4/12) at the Elysian Pub in Capitol Hill!

What: Seattle Monthly Meet-up, organized by the Pacific Northwest
chapter of the
American Society for Information Science & Technology
Where: Elysian Pub, 1221 E.

5 Apr 2007 - 3:51pm
Stephanie Heacox

JOB: Experience Design, Molecular Inc., NYC

Molecular, Inc,® an Internet consulting firm, designs and builds digital
solutions to help companies increase revenues and decrease operating costs. 
It's an exciting time to be a part of Molecular. As a vibrant and fast
growing company, developing cutting edge solutions for the Internet,
Molecular is looking for talented and enthusiastic professionals to join our
team.  Molecular's success and growth is and will continue to be a direct
result of the efforts and talents of its employees. Many of our current
employees have been with us for years.

5 Apr 2007 - 3:24pm

JOB -- Senior User Experience Researcher for World's Leading Company.

Sr User Experience Researcher in Technical Environment

Bestica Inc is helping World's leading company with their need of Sr
User Experience Researcher. This person should have great experience
with designing Desktop Applications in a very technical environment.
Experience with any integration tool like Biztalk, Tibco, Websphere,
Webmethods is a plus. Individual should have industry experience with a
highly technical background (not just consumer products; someone who has
worked on software applications designed for enterprise

5 Apr 2007 - 2:19pm
9 years ago
2 replies
Mark Schraad

Excellent PortfoliosforIxDs(also:doemployerscare about portfolios?)

>I take exception to the implication that, because I'm portfolio
>oriented, I'm somehow not interested in designers approaching complex

Most portfolios contain images of final artifacts. If you use that to qualify prospects prior to a conversation, then that is very telling. And I am not prescribing a methodology... but expressing what works best for me.

It has been my experience that a 10 - 15 minute conversation will reveal much more about a designer than the same time spent looking at images either on or offline.

5 Apr 2007 - 11:46am
Geiser, Michelle

(JOB) Information Architect, One to One Interactive, Boston

***apologies for cross-posting***

As one of the nation's leading full service digital marketing services
enterprises, One to One Interactive helps companies connect with their
customers via digital channels through offering a suite of agency
professional services, digital marketing technologies and new media

OTOi, One to One Interactive's professional services arm, has an
immediate opening for an Information Architect (IA).

5 Apr 2007 - 10:36am
9 years ago
8 replies
Phillip Hunter

Excellent Portfolios for IxDs(also:do employers care about portfolios?)

>This is why ideally you need two portfolios: one online for projects
>that can be publicly displayed and discussed. Then a second (paper/
>digital/physical) portfolio that can be talked about privately and
>only in-person, showing things like process. Obviously, you don't
>want to show documents that will get you in legal trouble. Those you
>might just have to speak to. Obliquely.

That's what I was trying to say. Thanks for putting it more better.


5 Apr 2007 - 10:20am
Brad Bonham

Excellent Portfolios for IxDs(also:doemployerscare about portfolios?)

To chime into the "what should I include online bit", I think a great
example of a portfolio that displays non-proprietary and non-copyrighted
work is here:

This is an example of an IxDer (and former colleague of mine) who is
including side projects, school projects, an impressively diverse
professional blog, and a more conventional personal journal as windows
into his professional world without displaying work from previous or
existing companies (HP, Benefitfocus) that would be violating any sort
of NDA.

5 Apr 2007 - 7:36am
9 years ago
3 replies
Mark Schraad

Excellent Portfolios forIxDs(also:doemployerscare about portfolios?)

There are lots of kinds of designers out there with many skills and many experiences - and likely jobs for each.

Designers that make things pretty are fairly easy to find. Most hiring managers do not bother to go through a portfolio indepth so as to understand the problem/constraints/solution relationship.

Many designers do not think through interaciton models with enough scrutiny - and many are not required to. Picking from an existing pattern library, or replicating the market leader is a fairly simple task.