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IA is a powerful tool to help
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http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/research/salary_survey.php.
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http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/research/salary_survey.php.
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A Day in the Life of an Information Architect

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What would it be like to work as an information architect in Tokyo? Or be one of just a handful of IAs in the country of South Africa? Can you imagine yourself heading up your own boutique consultancy in a metropolitan city – and if so what would be your value proposition? What are your prospects as a freelancer in the rural south of the United States? Or as a newly graduated IA interviewing with a large commercial firm?

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A Day in the Life of an Information Architect

  1. 1. Stacy Merrill Surla A Day in the Life of an Information Architect Stacy Merrill Surla UX Connect September16, 2013 Michele Kong
  2. 2. Stacy Merrill Surla Eddie James 2
  3. 3. Stacy Merrill Surla Research 3
  4. 4. Stacy Merrill Surla Concepts 4 Rüdiger Kortz
  5. 5. Stacy Merrill Surla Jacksonville, Florida Owner/User Experience Designer Circling Sharks LLC Mobile and tablet projects for financial clients User research, service design, wireframes, interaction design, and working with decision makers Eddie James 5
  6. 6. Stacy Merrill Surla 6 Even if there are no jobs, that doesn't mean there's not work Eddie James
  7. 7. Stacy Merrill Surla 7 One man shop Hires freelancers Often advisor to clients - on retainer Built skills and focus through energetic engagement in his work experiences Eddie James
  8. 8. Stacy Merrill Surla Naoko Kawachi 8 Tokyo, Japan Communications Manager Concent, Inc. Writing, editing, event planning, media relations Improving understanding of IA, UX and Service Design; connecting people and things "in the right way"
  9. 9. Stacy Merrill Surla Naoko Kawachi 9 She discovered her interest was not on visual design but on invisible structures
  10. 10. Stacy Merrill Surla Matthew Milan 10 Toronto, Canada CEO/Design Leader Normative Sales, Design Practice, and Project Direction "We build software to drive organizational change, in a studio environment. "
  11. 11. Stacy Merrill Surla Matthew Milan 11 We run on a pod-based model. There's no broken telephone at out business. The client can talk directly to the designer, IA, and engineer.
  12. 12. Stacy Merrill Surla Jason Hobbs 12 Johannesburg, South Africa Owner/User Experience Designer Teacher, Researcher, Practitioner Clients: corporations, arts and culture, public sector, and non-profit
  13. 13. Stacy Merrill Surla Jason Hobbs 13 IA is a powerful tool to help people solve wicked problems
  14. 14. Stacy Merrill Surla Jason Hobbs 14 Work on many projects, in diverse sectors Get a mentor Agency, client-side, and working for yourself Different social, political, and cultural contexts Learn from other fields Be ambitious Love doing it - or try something else
  15. 15. Stacy Merrill Surla Employment Outlook 15 http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/research/salary_survey.php.
  16. 16. Stacy Merrill Surla Employment Outlook 16 http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/research/salary_survey.php.
  17. 17. Stacy Merrill Surla Getting a Job 17 http://www.slideshare.net/runger/career-workshop-ia- summit-2013
  18. 18. Stacy Merrill Surla Ivanoff Takeaways Know your core values Even where there are no jobs, there is work Solid skills are just the start Client skills, strategic thinking, and domain expertise are distinguishers Always On versus Unplugged is a choice Find organizational settings that work for you 18
  19. 19. Stacy Merrill Surla Bowles, Cennydd. The fall and rise of user experience. ASIS&T Information Architecture Summit 2011. Denver, CO, http://www.cennydd.co.uk/2011/fall-and-rise-of-ux. Leiman, Layla. "My Day Job: Jason Hobbs." 10and5 (March 14, 2013), http://10and5.com/2013/03/14/my-day- job-jason-hobbs. Surla, Stacy Merrill. “Building IA means building local groups.” Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology Volume 33, Issue 2 (2007), http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Dec-06/surla.html. The Information Architecture Institute. 2012 Salary Survey: Annual IA Salary and Benefits Survey (2012), http://iainstitute.org/en/learn/research/salary_survey.php. Unger, Russ. Career Workshop: IA Summit 2013. (2013), http://www.slideshare.net/runger/career-workshop-ia- summit-2013 Photos Michele Kong, Keeping A Balance: The Legacy of Shigemori Mirei (1896-1975) , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx84-XXe3iY&feature=c4- overview&list=UU4bEEAWCPicKJgzq4RViDnQ Rüdiger Kortz, "Charles Jencks Garden of Cosmic Speculation" www.ilona-grundmann- filmproduction.de/en/filme/charles-jencks-garden-of-cosmic-speculation/ Ivanoff. view from Saiho-ji (Kokedera) pond. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Saihouji-kokedera01.jpg 19 References
  20. 20. Stacy Merrill Surla Contact 20 Stacy Merrill Surla stacy@greenfx.net

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