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Information Architecture's Two Schools of Thought

As we see it, the practice of information architecture has two fundamental schools of thought.

The classic school grooms practitioners to architect information and site structure by creating navigation, information organization and information relationship schemas at the most fundamental levels.

The contemporary school produces practitioners that set strategy and architect the structure of entire sites and experiences—molding planners, system-wide thinkers and purveyors of understanding.

A perspective on how these two schools started and relate to each other has been explored in a new UXmatters column by Nathaniel Davis, founder of the DSIA Research Initiative.

To provide a broader reflection on where the two IA schools are today, DSIA Research Initiative has documented key intellectual milestones contributed to each school from 1998 to 2013 in a new illustrated poster.

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