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Information architecture, interaction design and much more

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Goodnight DonnaM

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 06:08:25 +0000

I haven’t posted here for a long time, and can’t see myself doing it in the future, so I think I’ll put this blog to sleep (I’ll leave it up, just won’t pretend that I’m ever going to post again). If you liked it, you might like these places where I write: Practical information architecture [...]

IA workshops – London and Oslo

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 20:25:49 +0000

I’m teaching two IA workshops in Europe in the next few weeks. Thursday 27 Jan. London Information architecture workshop Wednesday 9 Feb. Norway information architecture workshop Both workshops cover much of the content in the book, and give you the chance to practice the skills, discuss issues and ask questions, instead of just reading about [...]

A practical guide to information architecture (my new book)

Tue, 08 Jun 2010 09:30:31 +0000

My new book: A practical guide to information architecture is out. As the title suggests, this is a very practical book. It covers all sorts of IA issues you’ll come across in projects – including setting project goals, analysing content, planning for content, understanding people (user research), designing IA, designing navigation, usability testing and documenting [...]

Stories and examples for my IA book

Wed, 03 Mar 2010 02:23:16 +0000

I’m working like mad through March to write a book on information architecture. As I go, I find I need two things – stories to illustrate points I describe, and examples of sites that do particular things. This post will be a continually-updated one that lists what I’m interested in and what I have enough [...]

I’m writing an information architecture book!

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 05:39:03 +0000

This week’s big news is that I’m writing a book on information architecture. It will be a introductory-level book, mainly for people who have to create an information architecture but who don’t do it very often. It will be very practical and down to earth and written in a friendly way (if you know me, [...]

How I draft an information architecture

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 08:31:03 +0000

When I teach information architecture, the most common questions aren’t about the principles, but about the process. Just how do you decide on a particular method, how do you choose categories, how do you know what you’ve come up with is right. As a teacher I’ve spent much time thinking about this, reflecting on my [...]

Dear retailers…

Fri, 24 Jul 2009 00:49:49 +0000

I’ve been recently looking for new suppliers for products (lanyards, badge holders, pens etc etc). No matter what I’m looking for, I start my search on the web. Now I don’t usually write black and white rules for things, but today I’m going to. If you are a supplier of a product, and that product [...]

My card sorting book is available

Sat, 02 May 2009 03:00:36 +0000

Earlier this week I had the pleasure of becoming a published author. My book on card sorting is now available. You can buy it right from the book website – either the printed version (plus digital) or digital alone. Or you can get it via amazon if you are buying other things at the same [...]

London – social filtering needed

Thu, 09 Apr 2009 10:45:04 +0000

I’m going to be in London in June (for UX London) for the first time and have about 4.5 days completely free to tourist. I have absolutely no idea what I absolutely must do. I will definitely see stereotypically London things but need some help with the weird things that I might specifically like.  So, [...]

A Camp Grenada catch-up

Tue, 07 Apr 2009 11:10:37 +0000

Sometimes twitter just doesn’t do it for a good, solid ‘what have I been doing’ catch up post. So here’s one that takes more than 140 characters. It’s already April and I feel like I haven’t done much work this year. Of course, I have been busy as hell. I’ve done loads of planning and [...]

Categories & the real world

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 00:08:04 +0000

One of the main challenges with creating any categorisation system is to make sure it collects what you need and matches up to the real world. Here’s a list of single-select items I just came across on an otherwise-decent survey for a hotel where I recently stayed: Household with children no longer home Couple, no [...]


Tue, 17 Mar 2009 16:38:14 +0000

I woke up feeling strange this morning. No, it wasn’t the three hours sleep – I know what that feels like. And it wasn’t a hangover – I certainly know what those feel like. It was something quite different and it took me a little while to figure it out. But it needs some backstory. [...]

What’s in a bio?

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 07:02:12 +0000

I usually tweak my bio now and then, but with my card sorting book coming out soon (yes, really – March) I want to have a better look at it – after all, it will be on the printed version forever. It made me think about the point of a bio and what you really want [...]

UX Australia: August 2009

Wed, 04 Feb 2009 06:15:17 +0000

I’ve been annoying my friends by hinting at a secret project underway. Sorry guys, but I’m glad I’m finally able to tell you. The big secret is that we (me, Andrew Boyd, Steve & Danielle Baty) have been doing the initial planning for a user experience conference, to be held in late August in Canberra [...]

Conference season

Wed, 28 Jan 2009 21:57:16 +0000

For me, the next few months are full of conferences and workshops. My calendar is so packed I don’t know where the work will fit. You can catch me at: Web standards group Canberra (4 Feb): Talking about user research, why we don’t do enough of it and my new user research decision diagram Webstock, Wellington [...]