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The theme for EuroIA 2015: The quality of IA

Posted on: March 15th, 2015 by Lutz Schmitt No Comments

The quality of IA

“Eventually everything connects — people, ideas, objects – the quality of the connections is the key to quality.” (Charles Eames)

Last year EuroIA celebrated it’s 10th year as Europe’s premiere Information Architecture & User Experience conference. It’s been 16 years since the Polar Bear book was published. And almost 40 years since Richard Saul Wurman coined the term “Information Architecture”.

As we look forward to the next decade of growing our community of practice throughout Europe, we believe this is a perfect time to reflect on the progress that has been made. Information Architecture and User Experience are now mature disciplines and as such, we can make judgements about how well they are being practiced. We therefore would like to propose this year a theme around “The quality of IA”.

Just like you, we have questions. Many questions…

Is quality a way of measuring output according to a set of standards? Or is it something deeper – a “quality of thinking” and approach that persists in the face of change?

How have the methods, techniques and tools of IA/UX adapted to the requirements of modern software design and which are the ones that are most useful in everyday working practice?

What standards should we use to measure the quality and consistency of the work we produce?

How does the work that is being done today compare with that of the recent past?

What does this tell us about the persistence of knowledge or indeed the opposite?

While information technology becomes a pervasive layer of our reality, which new qualities of IA and information design will we be asked for?

If you have any answers, we want to hear from you. If you have better questions, we want to hear from you. If you just want to share your experiences with a diverse, welcoming community of like-minded people from Europe and beyond, we want to hear from you!

Need we say any more? Oh yes, the Call for Papers is open till April 5, 2015.

We’ll see you in Madrid this September.

Peter, Stuart, Lutz
Co-Chairs, EuroIA 2015

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