Developing a unified web site or intranet for a large, decentralized organization is the Holy Grail for many of today's Internet professionals. Interfaces so usable that ye needn't think is the nirvana of web design professionals. Get started on the realization of these goals by attending a duo of workshops by IA icon Lou Rosenfeld (author of the Polar Bear book) and usability guru Steve Krug (author of "Don't Make Me Think"). Enterprise Information Architecture (Lou Rosenfeld) This advanced information architecture seminar combines lecture, demonstration and exercises, discussion, and handouts to address a topic that bewilders every large organization: designing unified information architectures for large enterprises. You'll learn to:
  • Develop main pages and other upper-level "portal" components that convey a single cohesive organization, not a collection of warring business units.
  • Use metadata and contextual navigation to help users move from one content-rich page to another, regardless of which business unit manages that content.
  • Design search interfaces for improved access to content stored in organizational "silos".
  • Manage implementation, governance, strategy, and maintenance of an enterprise-wide information architecture.
Dates/Locations: * September 15, 2005: Washington, DC, USA * September 29, 2005: Chicago, IL, USA * October 20, 2005: Seattle, WA, USA More information: http://louisrosenfeld.com/eia Don't Make Me Think: The Web Usability Workshop (Steve Krug) Expanding on the topics in his best-selling Web usability book, Steve's workshop will teach you how to recognize and solve the usability problems in your own site, and how to make low-cost/no-cost testing an everyday part of your company's design process. The day includes a live usability test and expert reviews of a number of websites using URLs submitted by attendees, ­perhaps even your own. Dates/Locations: * September 16, 2005: Washington, DC, USA * September 30, 2005: Chicago, IL, USA * October 21, 2005: Seattle, WA, USA More information: http://www.sensible.com/workshops.html