About Information Architecture
Information Architecture (IA) includes everything from organizing library books to making information on a website searchable and findable. Librarians, archivists, data scientists, web designers, software engineers, and any other job that requires deciding how to maintain large amounts of information requires the practice of IA to some degree.
What Is Information Architecture?
The Information Architecture Institute defines Information Architecture as:
- The structural design of shared information environments.
- The art and science of organizing and labeling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability.
- An emerging community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape.
Why Is Information Architecture Important?
According to information architect Peter Morville:
“In the 1990s, the rise of the Internet produced a worldwide problem: websites without a plan. Small sites grew into big messes, and which led to usability and findability disasters, content management nightmares, [and] costly redesigns. Put simply, people realized that websites need planning.”
In short, IA is important so that the information on your website is findable. Helpful information that cannot be located benefits no one. A successful website requires both helpful information and easy ways to access that information.