Information Architecture

Word: Information Architecture

Definition: “The art and science of organizing and labeling web sites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability.” – As defined by the Information Architecture Institute

Reference: Information architecture is performed by a variety of practitioners from specialized information architects themselves to more general UX researchers or even more broadly yet, UX/UI designers. However, and quite obviously, the disciplinary practice pulls from a variety of other subjects including library science, cognitive psychology, semiotics, cybernetics, discrete mathematics, and yes, even architecture. Information organization is not something that a UX designer should take lightly. Findability is an incredible component of what makes user experience so credible and invaluable to products, companies, and especially users.

Question:  It is easy to see how an information architect is extremely important when organizing a site with a plethora of information (think of the nightmare it was to do Amazon’s IA). Is there ever a point when a site is too small for IA or IA does not need to be considered?

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