An Information Architecture Maturity Model

Presentation Highlights

“Information architecture, as a practice and discipline, is still young.”

IA theory, science and research are still forming.”

“The popular view of information architecture represents a small subset of its total value.”

80% of the value of information architecture is still unrealized.

“Information architecture includes the modeling of intent and use of an environment to help inform strategy and design”

  • A systemic concern for information coherence, constraints, objects, and flows
World IA Day Boston 2017 – Information Architecture presentation by Nathaniel Davis

“Information architecture includes the modeling of content and the relationships they keep”

  • A structural concern for information properties and behavior that support design

“Structure (n.) supports design (n.)”

“Structure supports the design and sustainable use of an environment by providing resilience to informational forces.”

“The practice of information architecture contributes systemic analysis as a way to engineer a structure that coherently connects architectural intent to design.”

Four Information Architecture Modeling Activities

  • frame objective using concept models & rationale
  • synthesize research with information science
  • align owner objectives with customer and user need
  • model information relationships and interactions

Six Pillars of IA Modeling Maturity

  • Content Interaction
  • Information Retrieval
  • Needs Analysis
  • User Analysis
  • Context Analysis
  • Entity Analysis

“Structure is engineered.”

  • “Most approaches to UI design suffer from poor systemic and structural analysis.”

“Information architecture does not happen in a vacuum.”

“In the digital domain, the model is the structure for the user interface.”

“Promote the analysis of UI structure in the design of effective and sustainable user interfaces.”