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Did Ajax Kill the Information Architect? Lou says no.

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated, said the pale beast.

And so it came to pass that on the 12th month in the 6th year of big numbers the polar bear rose. He from a comfortable perch held forth to the internauts, exclaiming in 526 pages of soft cover that far from a death knell for information analysis and vigor, the folksy chorus of asynchronous requests and micro-content suggestions heralded yes, change, and yes, challenge but nothing so alarming as the end of a fine young science.

Or in fewer words, O'Reilly Media, Lou Rosenfeld and Peter Morville have completed and are shipping the 3rd edition of “Information Architecture for the World Wide Web”, as updated for the post-Ajaxian, Web 2.0 world.

According to co-author Morville, “In a Web 2.0 world of Ajax-enabled products, rich Internet applications, user participation, wikis, tagging, folksonomies, and interactive co-created experiences, information architecture is more important than ever.”

The book intends to show information architects, designers, and web site developers how to build large-scale and maintainable web sites that are easy to navigate and appealing to users. The third edition is updated to address emerging technologies while maintaining its focus on fundamentals.

Faced with rapid and often radical technology and behavioral changes, one of the biggest challenges facing information architects today is to unlearn what has become ingrained.

Authors Rosenfeld and Morville ask and respond to questions such as:

  • How do we structure for co-creation?”
  • How do we document the rich interfaces of web applications?
  • How do we design for multiple platforms and mobile devices?
  • What has changed, and what remains the same?

The book additionally introduces tagging and advanced findability concepts, with recent examples, new scenarios, and information on best practices.

Topics range from aesthetics to mechanics and include:

  • An overview of information architecture for both newcomers and experienced practitioners.
  • The fundamental components of an architecture, illustrating the interconnected nature of these systems. Updated, with updates for tagging, folksonomies, social classification, and guided navigation.
  • Tools, techniques, and methods that take you from research to strategy and design to implementation. This edition discusses blueprints, wireframes, and the role of diagrams in the design phase.
  • A series of short essays that provide practical tips and philosophical advice for those who work on information architecture.
  • The business context of practicing and promoting information architecture, including recent lessons on how to handle enterprise architecture.
  • Case studies on the evolution of two large and very different information architectures, illustrating best practices along the way.

The ISBN is 0-596-52734-9. Its 526 pages long and is available from Amazon and other retailers. O'Reilly has published the table of contents here.

 
 
 
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