DAY ONEWednesday, 24 March 2010
DAY TWOThursday, 25 March 2010
8.45 Registration and refreshments9.15 Recap and introduction to day two 9.30 Navigation and page layoutsThis session will look at the translation of a structure into a pagelayout, will cover different navigation models and introducesessential design principles.Satisfycing
Dynamic and hierarchical structures
10.45 Morning refreshments and networking11.00 Prototyping, usability testing and iterative designThis session will explain how to create and test your prototypeswith real users, how to present findings to stakeholders, andhow to iteratively improve your product. Topics will include:Prototyping
12.30 Networking lunch1.30 IA documentationThis section will discuss different approaches to documentingyour information architecture, including some of the challengesto conventional approaches presented by developmenttechniques such as ‘Agile’.Drawing sitemaps
Specifications and annotations
2.45 Afternoon refreshments and networking3.00 Putting it all togetherDuring this final session Iain will critique some good and badexamples of information architecture, and will open the floor toany questions arising from the previous two days.4.30 Wrap-up and end of masterclass8.45 Registration and refreshments 9.15 Introduction and welcome
Iain will introduce the masterclass objectives and discuss how the day will proceed. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a brief ‘getting to know you’ exercise, so that everyone is familiar with fellow attendees’ backgrounds and what they hope to achieve from the masterclass.
9.30 Putting information architecture in contextThis session will provide a common understanding ofinformation architecture, and will place it within the context ofrelated topics such as usability, user-centred design and userexperience.What is information architecture?
IA, usability, user-centred design and user experience
10.45 Morning refreshments and networking11.00 Creating an information architecture: processes andapproachesDuring this session Iain will discuss the activities involved increating an information architecture and differentorganisational structures.Topics include:Conducting a content inventory
“Top down” and “bottom up” approaches
Balancing business and user needs
12.30 Networking lunch 1.30 Collaborative design for user and stakeholderengagementThis session will introduce a range of techniques that willenable you to get user and stakeholder engagement in thedevelopment of an information architecture. This includesdesign games (such as design the box and metadata games)and an overview of other user research techniques.2.45 Afternoon refreshments and networking3.00 Getting the structure rightIn this session you will learn about different structures foran information architecture, what makes a good IA and theiterative process used to come up with one. This sessioncovers:Card sorting
Iteratively evolving a proposed information structure
4.30 Wrap-up and end of day one
Attendees are invited to submit specific information architecture challenges that they would like to have discussedduring the masterclass.Please email your challenges to email@example.com at least two weeks prior to the masterclass. If youdo not want your organisation identified, use a pseudonym such as BigBankCo, or SmallRetailCo to indicate theindustry involved and the size of the organisation.
Preparing forthis masterclass