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A vital member of a Web Development Team, playing a critical role in how content is organised on a Website.
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Information Architects work to create usable content structures out of complex sets of information.
Information Architecture (IA) is the backbone of a website - it is not part of the on-screen user interface (UI), although one informs the other (IA informs UI).
The information architect lays a lot of the groundwork for how content is organised on a site, regardless of where that content resides (flat files, multimedia, database fields).
With complex Web sites and portals, an information architect can keep things from turning into a nightmare.
The difference between an Information Architect and a Web Designer is like the difference between a building's architect and an interior designer:
The architect primarily cares about structure, flow, and such fundamentals as placement of plumbing and electrical systems. If the architect doesn't do his job, then the building might collapse or fail to meet the needs of the people using or living in the building. For example, there may not be enough bedrooms.
Interior designers, on the other hand, care about colour, placement, and style of furnishings; textures; surfaces; and sensory appeal. They may be trying to provide a certain look or theme to rooms, such as Mediterranean or Spanish, or making sure that colors and styles are themed throughout the structure.
This is not to say that either job is easier or harder; they're just different.
Obviously, there will always be a little overlap (for example, the architect does care about visual appeal, and the designer cares about flow and access), but in general the two disciplines complement each other.
You'd never ask an interior designer to architect a house, and you probably wouldn't go with an architect's opinion of a color scheme for the walls of your living space.
Shifting gears to Web development, the parallels hold. The Information Architect generally doesn't have much training in identity design, colors, layout, and certain forms of visual communication - this is the expertise of the designer. However, the Information Architect is usually someone with a background in categorization, XML, content creation and organization, interaction design, and navigation design. Their expertise is in information structures, and the rest of this article will be devoted to when, where, and how this expertise is applied.
Information Architects must be extremely logical, focused and detailed-oriented.
They need a broad skill-set including familiarity with design software and HTML coding, in addition to expertise in communication planning.
They should be willing to work as part of a team and be able to ask the right questions to determine client objectives and minimise the number of revisions required to complete a project.
A Bachelors Degree at Level 7/8 in Information Systems (B.Sc.) is a typical entry level requirement depending on the size of the employer and their particular needs.
Masters level programmes Computing and Information Systems which include modules on architecture are also available. Graduates of these courses are very attractive to employers.
Certificate programmes are a valuable way for all information technology professionals to stay current with ever-changing technologies.
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