the alignment of the practices and outcomes of IA and IxD
30 Mar 2009 - 10:02pm
5 years ago
In his recent blog post, Dan makes a comment I've heard elsewhere, and
would like to probe:
"To call everyone who practices in the field "user experience
designers" is not only a web-centric attitude (where information
architecture and interaction design are more closely aligned than
I don't understand the "web-centric" aspect of this. In fact, I can't
think of an interaction design circumstance that wouldn't be improved
by thoughtful IA. My off-the-top-of-my-head example is the iPhone. The
iPhone delivers great, cutting-edge, awesome interaction design. But
the *experience* of using the iPhone would be vastly improved if Apple
approached information architecture with that same care. Whether it's
in a particular app (Address Book, anyone?) or across apps, the IA of
that device suffers mightily.
I was dismayed to realize, while read Kim Goodwin's otherwise
excellent book, that she pretty much excludes IA. The only mention of
IA-like activities involve "data objects" and "data models" and takes
about 5 pages in a 700+ page book.
Such treatment leaves us with superficially engaging interaction
designs that lack depth.
I return to my initial question... Where are the interaction designs
that are not closely aligned with IA outside the web realm?