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WIAD Chicago 2016

Chicago 2016

Illinois United States


North America



Hi all! We had a GREAT time at WIAD16 and were glad to see all who came out to celebrate with us. Unfortunately, our pre-planned method of live streaming the event ended up not working. Luckily, our social media volunteer, Harrison Williams had a backup plan utilizing Periscope.

Footage for three of the presentations is available on YouTube.

All presentations are available on SlideShare:
First half
Second half

The presentations will be posted on Slideshare as soon as all presenters are ready.

With special thanks to Kamaria Campbell and Harrison Williams IV for their tireless advice and legwork in helping make Chicago's WIAD 2016 a success.

This is going to be a great event. Hope to see you there!

Thanks again and hope to see you next year!


Event date
Sat, 20 February 2016

Venue, parking and transit

The Information Architecture Institute is proud to announce that on February 20, 2016, the Chicago World Information Architecture Day will take place in the offices of FCB [Foote, Cone and Belding] on the 20th floor of the John Hancock Tower at 875 N Michigan Ave.


Hyperlocal materialism: How new information landscapes help shift urban experiences

Driven primarily by the internet which has disrupted all previous forms of communication, we now live in a world that is highly connected, highly mobile, and heavily invested in technology. The result? Urban spaces are changing; the immaterial – mobile interactions, fast paced technology connections, and disruptive social networks collide to shape and redefine the material – built environments and physical spaces. In this talk, Anijo Mathew will describe how the rules of the game are changing, and how new information landscapes fundamentally shift the scale and operation of urbanism. Through the lens of his new startup, Vamonde, he will show how hyperlocal materialism can redefine what it means to be an urban citizen in a connected world.

Anjio Mathew

Meaningful Data Visualization for Investment Analysis

The investment industry produces an abundance of charts and visualizations, but far too often these graphics focus solely on simple price returns. I'll highlight the differences between technical and fundamental investment analysis, and provide an overview of the history of data visualization at Morningstar. I'll present some of our newer visualization concepts and describe how we're creating analytical "lenses" and visualizations that can be extended from individual securities to market indexes to investor portfolios.

David Harrell

Collaborating Like You Mean It

With the proliferation of information and opinions on how to present it, we as practitioners truly do have 'Information Everywhere, Architects Everywhere.' With so many more cooks in the kitchen, effectively collaborating with our project and business partners can often help drive the best experience for our users.

We often talk about finding the intersection between user and business needs but how do we do that? In this talk we’ll explore ways to better engage with project partners and more deeply understand what is driving them. In doing so we can better advocate for our experience design solutions and the Information Architecture that drives them.

Sam Spicer

The Changing Nature of Work

As more companies begin to understand and value user experience and information architecture, more IA’s and UX’ers are being recruited and hired by bosses and managers who may not realize what they do or how they fit into an existing corporate structure. In this talk, Golli will explore the changing nature of work and how information architects can extend their skill set and level of responsibility to challenge workplace dynamics and solve problems within their own organizations.

Golli Hashemian

Playing for Keeps, Information Flow in Life-Threatening Environments

There is little contention that information architecture is a critical component of any good infrastructure / application design. In some domains, bad information architecture can cost lives. We're going to talk about challenges information architects face through the lens of the future of emergency response and work I've done with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense.

Joe Juhnke