Tuesday, July 05, 2016

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Again!

Jet Li, portraying the Monkey King, stares wide-eyed at the reader.
Is an information architect just a wireframe monkey?  No, of course not! But unfortunately, sometimes we're confined by a mindset that thinks IA is a box to check off on a project plan.

We need a framework and shared vocabulary to build the discipline of IA and help us all become better information architects. So... what's missing from whatever we're using now?

In "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: A Language of Critique for Information Architecture," presented at the 2016 IA Summit, I discuss Van Gigch's Meta-Modeling Methodology (M3) and Michel Foucault.  I walk through the M3 model as a tool for distinguishing among 3 key levels of critique: day-to-day practices, IA/UX theories and models, and the paradigms that shape what we can do or can even think about doing.  The goal is to work towards a discipline-level framework and a shared vocabulary for making sense of what we do.

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