World IA Day Boston
World IA Day Boston 2019 is a one-day event celebrating information architecture and this year's global theme, Design for Difference.
- Richard Saul Wurman in conversation with Special Guests including:
- Moshe Safdie: An on-stage conversation between life-long friends and fellow students of Louis Kahn.
- Additional guests to be announced
- Abi Jones, Google AI Healthcare
- Mahima Pushkarna, Google AI
- Heather O'Neill, Pixels for Humans
- Dan Klyn, The Understanding Group
- and more to come...
World IA Day: 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.
So, what differences are we are designing for?
Difference in ability and disability
Difference in access to information and technology
Difference in language and cultural understanding
Difference in age, gender, and identity
Difference in experience
There is no average user. There is no norm.
“Different is the new normal we should be designing for.”
inclusive design strategist Elise Roy at the 2018 IA Summit in Chicago.
How do we as information architects and designers design for this difference? 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? How might we communicate this understanding to others and provide more meaning and depth?