Choose your own adventure to learn IA basics

One person next to multiple learning options, including: a book, a podcast, a computer mouse, and a pen with sticky notes.

By Jessica Ivins


Center Centre students get to choose their own learning adventures. We don’t require students to learn from one, specific resource. Instead, students choose resources and experiences that meet their learning styles and learning needs.

Our students develop their own learning adventures to gain skills like information architecture. Information architecture (IA) is how designers organize everything in a design to help users find the specific content they’re seeking.

If you’d like to learn more about IA, use some of our favorite resources listed below to develop your own learning adventure.

Books

  • How to Make Sense of Any Mess is a charming book that makes IA principles understandable and accessible. It’s also a quick read.

  • UX designers call Information Architecture for the Web and Beyond, “The Polar Bear Book” because of the bear on its cover. Now in its fourth edition, this book is an essential IA resource because it takes a deep dive into IA.

  • In A Web for Everyone, Chapter 6, “Helpful Wayfinding: Guides Users” explains how IA helps all users, including people with disabilities.

Articles

Videos

  • How to Make Sense of Any Mess explores multiple IA concepts. The presenter explains how there’s no right way to organize information. She shows you effective ways to organize information based on your business and your customer.

  • The Five Hat Racks reviews the five ways of organizing information. You can watch this video instead of reading “The Only Five Ways to Organize Information (Five Hat Racks or LATCH)” article above.

Podcasts

Become a Center Centre student

Do you want to learn how to organize your site’s content so that it’s understandable to your organization and your users? Would you like to become a well-rounded, industry-ready, junior UX designer? Apply to be a Center Centre student. View our full program or apply today


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