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62 locations, 26 Countries, 5 Continents

WIAD19 theme illustration by Sketch Squad
Design for Difference, illustration by Sketch Squad.

As designers, we are responsible for creating worlds of experiences, environments, services, and systems that impact millions of people – with lasting impacts. While we don’t have a Hippocratic Oath, it’s important for us to follow a similar goal to “do good” and “do not harm.” It is our responsibility as IAs to consider the consequences and impact our design decisions have on humanity and society as a whole.

Research is a foundational step in the design process. It ensures that we understand and account for diverse user needs within communities, both in our own domains and globally.

So, what differences are we are designing for?

  • Difference in ability and disability

  • Difference in access to information and technology

  • Difference in language and cultural understanding

  • Difference in age, gender, and identity

  • Difference in experience

There is no average user. There is no norm.

“Different is the new normal we should be designing for.”
inclusive design strategist Elise Roy at the 2018 IA Summit in Chicago.

How do we as information architects and designers design for this difference? What is this difference that we’re designing for? How can we better understand it and become more engaged and mindful for our different and diverse users? How might we communicate this understanding to others and provide more meaning and depth?

We build worlds. Let’s do it responsibly.
Call for speakers

Locations celebrating WIAD on February 23, 2019

 

Acknowledgement

With contributions and feedback from Peter Morville, Andrea Resmini, Kaarin Hoff, Noreen Whysel, Paul McAleer, Stuart Maxwell

Theme illustration by Sketch Squad, a student organization at Purdue University, that specializes in making ideas and information visually compelling.

Global Team

Grace Lau

Volunteered with Los Angeles in 2016, led WIADLA in 2017, helped with WIADLA sponsorship in 2018, then moved on as Global Executive Producer for WIAD 2019, Grace has been a UX Designer, specializing in information architecture, content taxonomy, and taxonomy for over 10 years. She has a Masters in Library and Information Studies from UCLA, specializing in informatics. She has worked with Disney, Perficient, and now currently at PatientPop.

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2018 is Catherine's second year helping bring World IA Day to LA. In 2017 she managed Marketing and Social Media for WIADLA17. In addition to creating communications for WIADLA events, Catherine works in development, fundraising, and visibility for social impact organizations. 

Photo of Amy Espinosa

Driven by her passion to learn, share and grow the practice of information architecture in her community, Amy brought World IA Day to Tampa Bay in 2015. She is the Global Executive Producer for World IA Day 2017 and is honored to serve teams around the world who bring this celebration to their community. In her professional life, Amy founded Dots & Cubes, a Tampa-based consulting firm specializing in information architecture and user experience design.

Evgeni Minchev

As a member of the WIAD16 Jönköping, Sweden team Evgeni was officially responsible for marketing the celebration. Additionally, he lined up two presenters and contributed to content archival. In his professional life, Evgeni worked as a Design Consultant for Tobias & Tobias and co-founded TestingAgents.com, a company that helps organizations improve the user experience of their website, software or online game by performing high-quality testing with real users. 

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Ayudando a darle sentido a productos y servicios a través del diseño estratégico y la arquitectura de información.

Bram Wessel

Development Director of IA Institute and Sponsorship Director for World IA Day from 2018-2020

Global Sponsors

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Loop11
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Euro IA Summit
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IA Conference