Put into Context: an artform

Being a Information Architect practitioner apart from my research agenda, daily engages me in “put in context” issues related to end-user experience and content. Context is a real treat when used in a pragmatic and common sensical way, but I might also be blurred by the mash-up of realities we all are facing. IRL and on-line roles and realities and context have been absolutely blended, and sometimes confused us to ‘who we really are’ in life đŸ˜‰

Everyday practice within IA deals alot with captureing ‘wayfinding’ principles to the domain at hand, with language constructs that communicate to the end-users. Be it tedious taxonomy & ontology updates into a controlled vocabulary, refinement of search experience through logs and stats, endless discussions dealing with redesign of large websites. As humans we like context! we navigate through life with contexual road-signs: but ones in a while we get lost! No doubt about it…..very stressful experience.

This recent post from IA peers at IA Summit 2009, is a very good walkthrough of the evolving work practice and academic wordviews. Enjoy!

Outstanding quest/question: How do we “guide” the users in content provision to ‘put things in context’?

Further down the road of findability ……


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: