Information architecture once was the norm for dynamic websites. However, what with changes in technology and training, and the time factor, the new website developers aren’t as attached to information architecture as were the previous generations. This interesting topic came from the blog of Jordhy Ledesma in the post, “The Lost Art Of Information Architecture.
Information architecture is at the core of experienced design, and Google is proof of that. A small web presence is convenient but lacks a vision. When extreme simplicity is chosen over depth and organization, such web properties become widgets or die as passing fads.
According to Wikipedia, information architecture is defined as the structural design of shared information environments; the art and science of organizing and labeling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability; and an emerging community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape. That doesn’t sound like a fad to me.
Melody K. Smith
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