IA Article: Rose by any other name...

8 Apr 2004 - 3:14am
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Andrei Herasimchuk
2004

The Boxes and Arrow archives seemed to be screwed up, so I'm posting a
response to this article here in the hopes it might in a round about
way get back to B&A.

The article can be found here:
http://www.boxesandarrows.com/archives/
information_architecture_a_rose_by_any_other_name.php

I guess I'm left with two questions after reading this article:

1) If you replaced the word "information architect" and "IA" with
"interface designer" and "UI" would you have the same article? If so,
then why not just use those terms instead of constantly referring to
the job as "IA" throughout the article?

2) I think the author somewhat neglects the issues on who makes the
final decisions in any design. After all, in the business world,
someone has to be accountable and make the final call. The real
question here, how do titles and job function also affect the decision
making process on a project?

If a self-proclaimed IA has no background or training in visual design,
should they make the final call on what icons, typogrpahy and color
systems to use? Would the author mind if a self-proclaimed UX person
told them that the entire taxonomy proposed was simply wrong, when it
seems quite clear that UX person had little background or trianing in
that sort of work?

Andrei Herasimchuk
andrei at adobe.com

work: http://www.adobe.com
personal: http://www.designbyfire.com

Comments

8 Apr 2004 - 9:36am
Cwodtke
2004

Your comment posted; we seem to have a bug in the feedback mechanism we're
currently tracking down.

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From: "Andrei Herasimchuk" <andrei at adobe.com>
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Subject: [ID Discuss] IA Article: Rose by any other name...

> The Boxes and Arrow archives seemed to be screwed up, so I'm posting a
> response to this article here in the hopes it might in a round about
> way get back to B&A.
>
> The article can be found here:
> http://www.boxesandarrows.com/archives/
> information_architecture_a_rose_by_any_other_name.php
>
> I guess I'm left with two questions after reading this article:
>
> 1) If you replaced the word "information architect" and "IA" with
> "interface designer" and "UI" would you have the same article? If so,
> then why not just use those terms instead of constantly referring to
> the job as "IA" throughout the article?
>
> 2) I think the author somewhat neglects the issues on who makes the
> final decisions in any design. After all, in the business world,
> someone has to be accountable and make the final call. The real
> question here, how do titles and job function also affect the decision
> making process on a project?
>
> If a self-proclaimed IA has no background or training in visual design,
> should they make the final call on what icons, typogrpahy and color
> systems to use? Would the author mind if a self-proclaimed UX person
> told them that the entire taxonomy proposed was simply wrong, when it
> seems quite clear that UX person had little background or trianing in
> that sort of work?
>
> Andrei Herasimchuk
> andrei at adobe.com
>
> work: http://www.adobe.com
> personal: http://www.designbyfire.com
>
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