IA Summit Bound

Several folks from Yahoo!’s user experience design (UED) organization are heading out to Miami to present at the 9th annual IA Summit, April 10-14, 2008. IA, which stands for Information Architecture, is the art and science of organizing and labeling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability. (Definition from the IA Institute.)

This year’s talks are programmed around the theme "Experiencing Information." I'm interested to see how the scheduled content of the summit has fleshed out from the original proposals I read many months ago as a conference reviewer.

Three designers from YDN --Christian Crumlish, Erin Malone (me), Lucas Pettinati--will teach a pre-conference workshop on Thursday April 10.

Design patterns: from interaction to design to build
In this workshop we'll teach attendees how to identify and write interaction design patterns, build and curate a design pattern library, and map patterns to a code library. Finally, we will show how to create rapid prototypes with the combination of patterns and code libraries. Our reference material consists of the design pattern library and the Yahoo! User Interface Library, found here on the YDN website.

As part of the workshop, attendees get alpha access to a suite of design components created for use in tools like OmniGraffle, Adobe Illustrator, and Visio. We built these components to enable rapid creation of wireframes and designs that map to available code in the YUI library. These assets will launch on YDN as part of the Pattern Library later this month. (Stay tuned!)

The summit is a great place to learn about information design, interaction design and information architecture. And Yahoo! is well represented.

Other Yahoo presenters at the conference:

    Day-long workshops:
  • Web form design best practices - Luke Wroblewski
  • Design and architecture of social web experiences - Christina Wodtke, Joshua Porter, Christian Crumlish (Yahoo!)

All the summit sessions are being recorded for podcasts by Boxes and Arrows. Slides for most sessions will be available via SlideShare. This is a nice-sized conference ( compared to the crowds of SXSW)--topping out last year at 560 attendees. There's plenty of space and opportunity to network, mingle, learn, and catch up with old friends.

If you are attending, look us up.
If you are interested in attending you can still register here: http://www.iasummit.org/2008/

See you in Miami -

Erin Malone
Yahoo! Developer Network