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Understanding Information Architecture Differently

May 7, 2012

Article Overview - In this article, Nathaniel Davis takes an alternative approach to explaining the original catalysts behind the practice of information architecture. He recounts early evolutionary events that took place over the first few years of the public Web and demonstrates how the evolution from the single-page Web site to deep informational sites and multiple email accounts full of digital stuff created the need for information architecture. Nathaniel Davis uses insights from his research in signatures of information overload to demonstrate how the information overload challenges that were brought on by popular Web innovations actually helped to birth the practice of information architecture on the Web.

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nathaniel davis

Nathaniel Davis
Information Architecture Analyst and Practitioner
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About DSIA Research Initiative

DSIA Research Initiative is a private think tank dedicated to advancing a formalized discipline of information architecture based on IA theory, research and practice. DSIA Research Initiative makes a large part of its knowledge available through the DSIA Portal of IA as a way to improve awareness of information architecture. The Initiative is also committed to facilitating a collaborative bridge between the professional field of information architecture and academic institutions as a way to offer students a solid perspective of information architecture and its relationship to user experience design.

About Methodbrain
Methodbrain is a private practice that specializes in information architecture research and strategy. Methodbrain established and currently curates the DSIA Research Initiative as a way to foster a formal dialogue around information architecture.


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