Kai Turner on The Future Of Information Architecture

I’m still working my way through Mr. Turner’s broadside on the future of IA, which presents some very well-crafted observations about the obsolescence of the standard compliment of IA / HCI tools and approaches (wireframes, personas etc.) for a web that’s about to increment its version number upward any moment now… And what I’ve read so-far seems pertinent to the work I’ve begun on my book.

I was curious to see Mr. Turner invoking our regular-old-architect friend Christopher Alexander and Alexander’s Pattern Language early on in the article, only to say the following several paragraphs later with regards to the coming convergence of yesterday’s 2-D web with geo-tagging in meatspace to form an “internet of things”

we will need a new language and set of tools to model environmental interactive behaviours

It may be true that we will need a different language and set of tools to better design for and understand an Internet of Things … but I’m not convinced that what we need is new. I suspect that the tools and vocabulary we currently lack – the tools and practices and processes that will better ensure the success of our designs both with our clients and with their constituents – are to be found in the missing mappings between regular-old architecture and the work we do on the web as information architects.

Just sayin’, not sprayin’

26. January 2009 by dan
Categories: Book In Progress, Information Architecture Design, Regular Old Architecture, User Experience Design | Tags: , , , , | 1 comment

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  1. I am amused by the appropriation of Christopher Alexander by the — gosh what do I call them — ITeratti? Communico-buffs? In any case I have looked at some material emanating from Cambridge, MA, that seems to me no more relevant than stuff I turned out on communications before HTML arrived.

    As a lover of Alexander’s work my sense is that you are right though I feel his work would be better applied to the economic recovery and perhaps updated a bit to incorporate or take note of some concerns or realities that modify his patterns and concepts. I have no luck at all in trying to suggest such things. I feel I have all the ideas in my head and no community that is interested.

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