Information architecture (IA) is a practice of organizing and relating information in a way that simplifies how people navigate and use content presented in application user interfaces.
A conceptual relationship between two or more unique entities.
Abundance (Information Overload)
An excessive amount of information and content.
(Activity branch definition coming soon.)
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The definition for architecture has been temporarily removed.
Area of Interest
See: Subject Matter; relates to Practice Tier.
A loosely supported concept that claims theoretical or practical relevance; conjecture.
The Peter Boersma assertion implies that the complete practice of user experience design overlaps or entails some aspect of every form of professional practice in the architecture and design of computing interfaces.
Classic Information Architecture (Practice)
A school of thought concerned with the strategy and design for navigating, organizing and relating information in ways that promote information findability, management, and use.
An official grouping of probes and constructs that make up the tactical interests of a professional practice.
Describes the state of an information architecture where the physical and abstract constructs are not adaptive across modes and domains.
Contemporary Information Architecture (Practice)
A school of thought concerned with the design of information environments and the management of an information environment design process. — Source: Earl Morrough
A conclusion deduced by surmise or guesswork. — Source: Merriam-Webster
See: Abstract Construct, Physical Construct
A set of information structured by language for the purpose of an intended communication.
A collection of related content types and their inherent attributes.
A conceptual construct that embodies unique communicative properties, attributes and behaviors.
The temporally interrelated conditions in which something exists or occurs.
Cross-Domain Information Architecture
A site information architecture that serves as the canonical model for accommodating and enabling multiple abstract and physical constructs across multiple subject domains.
A plan or convention for the construction of an object or system of communication.
Equipment or a mechanism designed to serve a special purpose or perform a special function.
— Source: Merriam-Webster
Digital Literacy Gap (Information Overload)
The degree of education that a user needs in order to effectively use and contribute to a knowledge system and information architecture; literacy gap
Integration of the physical and abstract constructs of an information architecture into other physically independent domains.
A related set of concrete and/or abstract constituents (like a device, network of devices, or subject matter like Science or History).
The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another of either the past or present without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner — Source: Merriam-Webster.
Something that exists as a particular and discrete unit — Source: The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition.
Feedback (Information Overload)
Undesirable human performance or behavioral response as a consequence of an information overload event.
Filter Failure (Information Overload)
Ineffective controls for determining content quality and relevance.
An informational pattern that is the symmetrical grouping of multiple subject domains and their primary tiers.
An acronym for the term information architecture.
That which can be used as an asymmetric reflection of experiential phenomena and accommodate relationships with other phenomena to facilitate language; a building block for language.
A practitioner who designates the function of information architecture as their core competency or primary functional responsibility within a business organization.
See: Information Architecture (Business Function); Information Architecture (Practice); Information Architecture (Work Product).
Information Architecture (Business Function)
The organizational function responsible for simplifying how people navigate and use information that connects to the Web.
Information Architecture (Practice)
The effort of organizing and relating information in a way that simplifies how people navigate and use content presented in application user interfaces.
Information Architecture (Work Product)
The assumptions and governing constructs for assigning properties and attributes to information and the endowment and evolution of information relationships over time within a given domain; a governing model for information behavior within a digitally mediated environment.
A set of modeled information behavior that includes properties, attributes, and base information.
A set of modeled information behavior that includes one or more information domains.
See: Micro Information Overload and Macro Information Overload.
The Tibor Koltay assertion argues that low digital (information) literacy contributes to the propagation of information overload. View Tibor Koltay’s original article.
Macro Information Overload
Where the abundance of information becomes a quantitative obstruction to an underlying intention of a system.
Micro Information Overload
Where the abundance of information becomes an obstruction to an underlying intention of an agent interacting with a system.
The physical container and its inherent properties by which information is consumed on a device.
Multi-Domain Information Architecture
A site information architecture that accommodates and enables multiple abstract and physical constructs of multiple sites within a single subject domain.
Describes the state of an information architecture where the abstract and physical constructs are adaptive across modes and domains.
See: Physical construct
The first order mapping of a segmentation.
The interactive sequence and dependent nodes for a single or all directed paths to content within a domain; navigation and content designated for consumption.
A single area of interest of a practice vertical.
A set of practice tiers that represents the primary areas of interest of a single professional practice.
The collective behavior of intentional empirical probing around an area of interest, whereby the contribution of documentation of discovery enables consensus that builds and reinforces discipline around such behaviors.
A target set of perspectives or content relative to shared and dependent contexts.
The name that’s given to the co-dependent relationship between a technology platform, applications, information and an individual or group of people.
A perpetual cycle of increasing volatility and volume of use, adoption, and performance encouraged by a quartet compression.
Search Engine Optimization
A practice of improving the relevant discoverability of information by search engines.
A proposal for root properties within an information domain.
Single-Domain Information Architecture
A site information architecture that does not share its abstract or physical construct with other information sources with an intention.
The Clay Shirky assertion implies that the failure to properly filter information is what humans are inaccurately interpreting as information overload. Nathaniel Davis describes filter failure as a signature of information overload.View Clay Shirky’s original presentation.
The coherent order and relations between physical and abstract constructs in support of a communicated design.
The collective behaviors and vocabulary of an individual or group that directly relate to a unique subject matter or function within a business, organization or other social context.
A topic of inquiry and discussion of a single or multiple subject domains; area of interest.
Rules that govern how information forms linguistic constituents like words, phrases, images, gestures, and sound.
An abstract construct that reflects the collective division of entities into ordered domains arranged in a way that demonstrates parent-child relationships between domain constituents.
A concept that argues how a multi-disciplinary practice is a set of shared subject matter from other unique practices, and how a practitioner’s added focus in a given practice vertical creates a “T” shape when graphically plotted.
A child domain of a subject domain within an order grid.
User Experience Design
A practice of determining the content, form, and behavior of a user interface and its related systems given the holistic exploration of situational context and user empathy.
Utility Gap (Information Overload)
The amount of unused and unusable information stored within a domain.
Volatility (Information Overload)
The increasing rate of information flow within a domain.