Information Architecture

Information Architecture : An Emerging 21st Century Profession

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For undergraduate/graduate-level courses in Information Architecture, Information Design, Interaction Design, User Experience Design, Social Informatics, Human-computer Interaction, Knowledge Management, Information Management, Web Design, Communications History, Telecommunications Infrastructure, and for survey courses in Information Science, Telecommunications, Computer Science, and Information and Communication. This is the first text to explore the roots of the emerging Information Architecture profession. A true foundations text, it introduces students to key innovations in the history of communications systems and technologies leading to the Information Age; Information Age-related problems; information architecture practitioners, educators, and educational more

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  • Paperback | 194 pages
  • 177.8 x 233.68 x 15.24mm | 385.55g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 1 port.
  • 0130967467
  • 9780130967466

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"It is a unique privilege to help shape a profession ... Information architecture has emerged from a diverse set of people with skills in structuring information to make it useful, applying their skills to what at first appeared to be a new kind of documentation ... This book not only reviews the profession in order to train new professionals, it is an important contribution to creating it." - Dr. Arnold Lund, Director of Information Architecture, Sapient "This book provides exactly what is needed at this point in history-a solid framework which I feel the vast majority of practicing information architects will agree with." - Karen Young, Information Architect, IBMshow more

About Earl Morrogh

Earl Morrogh is a writer, designer, and educator who has studied and worked for 30 years in several fields including architectural and visual design, multimedia design, communications, and education. He considers these areas of professional interest to be interrelated and his knowledge of them essential for informing his research of the emerging profession of information architecture. He has worked in both the public and private sectors in a variety of capacities including: art director of an internationally distributed sports magazine (Surf magazine); communications director of the Florida component of the American Institute of Architects; project manager of a National Science Foundation-funded project (the Interactive Media Science Project) in partnership with Apple Computer, Inc., Pioneer, Inc., and Houghton-Mifflin Publishing, Inc.; associate director of the Florida Department of Education's distance learning initiative (Florida Remote Learning Services); and assistant director of Florida State University's distance learning office (Office of Distributed and Distance Learning). He holds an undergraduate degree in sociology with a minor in architecture and a master's degree in mass communication with a specialization in interactive communications. At present he is a consultant and visiting scholar in Florida State University's School of Information Studies where he has taught undergraduate courses in information architecture and design theory. Born in southwest Louisiana, "Acadiana," Mr. Morrogh has lived in the Florida panhandle since 1972 where he enjoys living in a rural setting in a house he and his wife of 23 years designed and built. He also enjoys sea kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, and other water-related recreational more

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The first book to explore the roots of the emerging Information Architecture profession. A true foundations text, this book introduces the reader to: Key innovations in the history of communications and computing Technologies leading to the Information Age The origins of the World Wide Web Information architecture's pioneers The emerging profession of information architecture Information Architecture: An Emerging 21st Century Profession features: An abbreviated history of revolutionary information and communications technologies Social and technology-related factors in information creation, communication, storage, and retrieval Information Age-related problems Information architecture practitioners, educators, and education programs Visions for the future of information architectureshow more

Table of contents

Foreword, Richard Saul Wurman. I. INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE: AN INTRODUCTION. 1. Information Architecture: From Craft to Profession. II. HUMAN INTERACTIONS: THE EVOLUTION OF COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS. 2. Let's Talk About It: The Spoken Word. 3. Put It in Writing: The Written Word. 4. Hot Off the Press: The Printed Word. 5. Wired: The Electrical Telegraph. 6. Just Call Me: The Telephone. 7. Wireless: The Radio. 8. The Tube: Television. III. HUMAN AND COMPUTER INTERACTIONS: THE EVOLUTION OF COMPUTING SYSTEMS. 9. ENIAC: Computational Solutions for Scientific Problems. 10. ERMA: Computational Solutions for Business Problems. 11. The Alto: Computing Gets Personal. 12. The PC Evolution: From Mainframes to Minis to Micros. IV. COMPUTER NETWORKS: COMMUNICATION AND COMPUTING SYSTEMS CONVERGE. 13. Internauts: Architects of the Intergalactic Network. 14. ARPAnet: The Birth of the Internet. 15. Email: The First Killer "App." 16. WWW: The World Wide Web. V. INFO AILMENTS: UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF THE INFORMATION AGE. 17. Info Glut, Info Trash, Info Hype, and Info Stress. VI. TOWARD A NEW DISCIPLINE: INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE. 18. IA: The Process. 19. IA: The Practitioner. 20. IA: The Profession. 21. IA: Educating Information Architects. 22. IA: Education Theory, A Design Foundation for Information Architecture, by Keith Belton. 23. Information Architects: Envisioning the Future of IA. References. APPENDICES. A. "As We May Think,"Vannevar Bush. B. "Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice," IEEE-CS/ACM Joint Task Force on Software Engineering Ethics and Professional Practices. more

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