The average information user today expects a highly efficient and attractive
experience. As user anticipation rises with the volume of data, Information
Architects are ever more in demand. On February 21, 2015, several students and
faculty from USF participated in World Information Architecture Day (WIAD), held
for the first time in downtown Tampa. Joined together with locations in 24 countries
and 38 cities, participants collaborated and discussed how best to shape the future
of Information Architecture. USF School of information’s Dr. Heiko Haubitz joined
other professionals and fielded questions about how Information Architects could
create structures to promote a happier customer experience. Attendees also
participated in workshops focused on solving real-world information architecture
problems, specifically in a non-profit environment.
Bachelor of Science in Information Studies student Nanchy Velez expressed appreciation at the event’s
focus on user experience assessment. The occasion gave her greater insight into
how these important evaluations go much deeper than basic questionnaires.
Because the event was so successful at bringing together information professionals,
students, and design enthusiasts, planning is already started for the next WIAD.
For more information about WIAD: http://2015.worldiaday.org/what-is-world-ia-