Information Architecture, 4th Edition
For the Web and Beyond
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2015
Pages: 486

Information architecture (IA) is far more challenging—and necessary—than ever. With the glut of information available today, anything your organization wants to share should be easy to find, navigate, and understand. But the experience you provide has to be familiar and coherent across multiple interaction channels, from the Web to smartphones, smartwatches, and beyond.

To guide you through this broad ecosystem, this popular guide—now in its fourth edition—provides essential concepts, methods, and techniques for digital design that have withstood the test of time. UX designers, product managers, developers, and anyone involved in digital design will learn how to create semantic structures that will help people engage with your message.

This book includes:

  • An overview of IA and the problems it solves for creating effective digital products and services
  • A deep dive into IA components, including organization, labeling, navigation, search, and metadata
  • Processes and methods that take you from research to strategy, design, and IA implementation
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Just what I was looking for. Foundational for IA.

By Glen

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Many of the principles ring true to my own thoughts. I'm new to IA, but the principles in this book seem to be spot on. This will be a keeper in my tool belt.

 
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Good Current Information

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    Comments about oreilly Information Architecture, 4th Edition:

    I like that this book has been updated to address issues coming up now in the IA space.

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    5.0

    A classic, updated

    By NickNewlin

    from Madison, WI

    About Me Developer, Information Architect, Producer

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      Comments about oreilly Information Architecture, 4th Edition:

      The original Information Architecture for the World Wide Web literally changed my life. It taught me the foundational skills and principles for what would become my career when I was still in high school. Thanks to that book I now lead a team that builds websites and have personally driven the planning and information architecture for over a 100 websites varying in scale from small to huge across a range of industries and leveraging pretty much every web technology that has existed in the past two decades.

      This edition is a very good, solid, update to the classic "Polar Bear Book" (also known as the Bible of IA). While the fundamental principles of Information Architecture as a practice remain fairly static, the examples used are modern and the technologies referenced are current, making this update a valuable resource for those who are new to the practice and also for experienced practitioners who just want to refresh their thinking about the fundamental principles of IA.

      Of special note to long-term practitioners is the updated content applying common UX patterns and IA principles to mobile environments that are now omnipresent and other technologies that provide users with an interface to information environments that are becoming more ubiquitous as embedded systems in everyday devices (today even your thermostat has IA, and the apps that go along with your lightbulbs do to).

      Bottom line: Yes I would recommend this to a friend – I loaned my copy to a colleague a few hours ago.

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      Deep thinking, up-to-date

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        Comments about oreilly Information Architecture, 4th Edition:

        Peter Morville and colleagues, steeped in Information Architecture from its roots (in the ancient days of the 1990s), have brought the story forward to 2015. All serious students of the experience of technology should wrestle with their thoughts, analysis and provocations. Despite all the expense and glitz, we leave users frustrated and unproductive. The reasons are not trivial, and deserve our strong attention. The ideas in Information Architecture must be part of our vocabulary.

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