Johannesburg, 21 February 2019 – World Information Architecture Day began in 2012 to celebrate the anniversary of the 1998 publication of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web—also known as “The Polar Bear Book,” and the bible for UX professionals.
Now in its eight year, World IA Day has grown to 59 cities around the world, including Warsaw, Tehran, Johannesburg and Buenos Aires.
World Information Architecture Day is dedicated to the empowerment of local leaders. The celebrations inspire the global growth of information architecture as a community of practice and encourages the diverse thinkers in the celebrations. World IA Day is jointly produced by a network of global, regional, and local volunteers with support from the Information Architecture Institute.
“World IA Day brings local professionals together to learn through high-quality speakers, panels, and interactive sessions that examine the many ways IA principles can be used to solve problems in business, civic, and personal contexts,” says Mike Lewis founder of Origin Interactive.
This year’s theme is Design for Difference:
As designers, we are responsible for creating worlds of experiences, environments, services, and systems that impact millions of people – with lasting impacts. While we don’t have a Hippocratic Oath, it’s important for us to follow a similar goal to “do good” and “do not harm.” It is our responsibility as IAs to consider the consequences and impact our design decisions have on humanity and society as a whole.
Research is a foundational step in the design process. It ensures that we understand and account for diverse user needs within communities, both in our own domains and globally.
Mike encourages and values independent thinking in his team members and this is why the full team from Origin will be attending World IA Day at the UJ campus.
According to Mike some of the main questions he will be looking for answers to are “What is this difference that we’re designing for? How can we better understand it and become more engaged and mindful for our different and diverse users? “.
We build worlds. Let’s do it responsibly.
About Origin Interactive
Origin interactive is a niche user experience product design agency with a user centred approach. The Origin team are driven by their commitment to advancing the User Experience Design (UXD) field in South Africa and are passionate about strengthening the relationship between clients and their users.
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