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World IA Day 2017: 58 locations, 24 countries, 5 continents, 1 day. Get involved with your nearest Information Architecture event this Saturday, February 18th.

World IA Day is upon us! The annual one-day celebration of all things Information Architecture (IA) hosted by the non-profit organization Information Architecture Institute takes place this Saturday, February 18th…everywhere! Pick your nearest event from dozens of locations this Saturday to learn, share and connect with the IA community. Justinmind is proud to be sponsoring for the third year running!

A brief history of Information Architecture

Information architecture (IA) is structural design of shared environments both online and offline and  concerns how people understand and relate to their surroundings. Online, IA refers to creating the structure of user interfaces (websites, apps, software) and affects how users connect with the content within them. Incorporating design, content and engineering disciplines, such as user research, wireframing, navigation definition and data modeling, IA is typically a shared task between all three teams. It came about in the 1970s, with the rise in popularity of web and mobile technologies.

“More devices are coming online every day, creating and accessing ever more information. IA is how we make sense of it.” Jorge Arango, Information Architect, Partner at Futuredraft

IA offline extends to raising awareness for and creating strategies to find solutions to social challenges, such as making cities greener. A grassroots-organized event, World IA Day is perfect for anyone and everyone interested in the future of Information Architecture looking to help strengthen the IA community.

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What to expect and where

Note that there will be live streaming of the day’s events in many locations. Here’s a taste of what you can expect from just a handful of the many events to take place:

Seattle, WA

What’s happening? A collection of live presentations from local and visiting IA professionals and live streams of talks from other WIAD locations around the world. The event will close with a happy hour so guests can mix and mingle with other like-minded IA professionals and enthusiasts.

When and where? General Assembly, located on the third floor of the art deco Seattle Tower at 1218 Third Avenue @09:30-17:30 – register here

Boston, MA

What’s happening? Join the Boston IA community for a 100% free design conference that celebrates the organization and structure for accessibility online. The objective to educate about Information Architecture and will be particular useful for User Experience Design, Visual Design, Development, Content Strategy, Product Design, Service Design, Project Management, Product Management and Digital Strategies enthusiasts as well as those coming from any other innovation driven industry.

The Speakers:

Dan Klyn – President of the Information Architecture Institute, Co-Founder of the Understanding Group, Professor, and Speaker.
Joan Vermette – Senior Principal UX Designer/Information Architect at TIAA-CREF, and Speaker.
Kyle Soucy – Founding Principal, User Experience Research Consultant at Usable Interface, Founder and President of NH UXPA, and Speaker.
Nathan Davis – Director of IA at Prudential Financial, and Speaker.
Michele Marut – Senior Design Researcher at WeWork, and Speaker.
Miso Kim PhD – Now an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University with a PhD and Masters from Carnegie Mellon, she has spent the last few years as a UX Designer at Cisco Systems.
Todd Zaki Warfel – Sr. Director of UX at Apttus, Design Leader, and Speaker.

“In thinking globally we’re recognizing that the human condition is universal and by including a globally diverse audience, we innovate.”

When and where? HubSpot 2 Canal Park, Cambridge, MA 02141. @08:00-17:00 – register here

Atlanta, GA

What’s happening? Atlanta’s event features mentoring from IA experts including Colleen Jones, CEO of Content Science, Tim Van Meter, UX Manager at Sapient, and Lauren Langley, Sr. Product Designer at Salesloft. There will also be a round of lightening talks. Lunch will be provided as well as a raffle with prizes

When and where? General Assembly Atlanta, Second Floor, 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 @10:00-15:00 – register here

The event is tomorrow so now is your last chance to get involved in your nearest event!


Emily is Marketing Content Editor at Justinmind

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