Fall 2023

INF 385E Information Architecture and Design

Unique ID: 28645


09:30 AM - 12:30 PM  UTA 1.208


This course explores the fundamental principles and practical applications of Information Architecture (IA). Drawing from the seminal work "Information Architecture: For the Web and Beyond" by Louis Rosenfeld, Peter Morville, and Jorge Arango, students will delve into the essential concepts, methodologies, and best practices shaping the organization and presentation of information in digital environments. Simply, this course addresses how to make content organized and findable based on human understanding. Throughout the course, students will examine the critical role of IA in enhancing user experience, facilitating navigation, and optimizing content discoverability. Topics covered include information organization, navigation design, metadata implementation, taxonomy development, and user-centered design principles. Through a combination of theoretical discussions, case studies, hands-on exercises, and a real project with a real client and real world constraints, students will gain proficiency in designing effective IA solutions tailored to diverse user needs and contexts. Emphasis will be placed on understanding user behavior, conducting user research, and iteratively refining IA structures to align with evolving user requirements and organizational goals. Course Objectives: Gain a comprehensive understanding of Information Architecture principles and methodologies. Learn how to analyze and evaluate existing IA structures in digital environments. Develop proficiency in designing and implementing effective IA solutions for websites and digital products. Explore techniques for conducting user research and applying user-centered design principles to IA. Understand the role of IA in enhancing usability, findability, and overall user experience. Acquire practical skills in wireframing, prototyping, and usability testing within an IA context. Explore emerging trends and technologies shaping the field of Information Architecture.


Graduate standing.


Restricted to graduate students in the School of Information through registration periods 1 and 2. Outside students will be permitted to join our waitlists beginning with registration period 3.