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WIAD Dallas 2017

Dallas 2017

Texas United States


North America

Saturday February 18th, 2017



World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual celebration of this phenomenon. Hosted in dozens of locations across the world by local organizers on February 18th, we focus on telling stories of information being architected by everyone from teachers to business owners; technologists to artists; designers to product managers.

WIAD 17 Theme: Information Strategy & Structure

In today’s world, organizations are required to rethink how to architect and manage information to maintain a competitive and organizational edge. Many are embracing strategies that are more flexible, moving away from isolated systems and departmental silos. These organizations recognize the need for information to be structured so that it is clear, usable, findable and understandable.

But, the need for information strategy and structure extends beyond the enterprise. Whether information is architected to inform algorithms, to bring awareness to important societal challenges, or to clearly communicate available resources to help those in need; information strategy and structure plays an important role in our everyday lives.

Join us on February 18, 2017 as Information Architecture practitioners around the world come together to celebrate, share knowledge, and bring awareness to the importance of strategy and structure within our communities and economies.

Thanks to our global sponsors, we will be giving away one Axure License, one Rosenfeld Digital Library, a selection of books from O'Reilly, one 60-day UIE subscription, one $50 off IA Summit, and 20% discount on workshops from Cooper to selected attendees.

Event date
Sat, 18 February 2017

Venue, parking and transit

University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)

800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

Galaxy Rooms in the Student Untion Building

Please use the third, fourth and fifth floors of the PS1 parking structure. For directions to the parking structure, follow this link:


9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

Who Doesn't Love Donuts and Coffee??

Check-in begins, coffee and breakfast courtesy of VitaminT and networking

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

WIAD 2017 Dallas kick off!

Lets take a couple minutes to thank our sponsors before we get our day started.

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

Seamless IA: Bridging the Physical-Digital Divide

Join Jesslyn Beattie, Director of UX at Universal Mind as she kicks of our World IA Day Celebration:

Our physical and digital worlds are rapidly converging. While this evolution has created endless opportunities, attention scarcity is an unfortunate byproduct; users are constantly being overwhelmed with information. In order to continue building successful products and services, we must ensure that we are meeting the right needs, reducing friction, and ultimately delighting the customer. This talk will explore how to leverage human centered design to translate information across the physical-digital divide.

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Creating Interfaces with Significance

Now that you're awake, join Cassini Nazir as he talks about signifiers:

Why does Donald Norman, after introducing the concept of “affordance” to designers in 1988, now tell us to abandon them? What do signifier signify and what is its significance for modern designers? We’ll discover the difference between signifiers and affordance (and best uses of each); explore how we use them daily; and learn how we can put each into action on our next design project.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Because who doesn't love to eat? And network.

Join us for lunch courtesy of Universal Mind and Big Design.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Information Literacy: Access Evaluate Use

Loreen Henry, Head of Information Literacy Services at UTD will talk to us about Information Literacy.

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Information literacy skills are essential in today's world. Information literacy is relevant to lifelong learning, common to all disciplines, learning environments, and levels of education. This presentation will demonstrate how librarians attempt to teach these skills.

1:50 PM - 2:00 PM

The End!

Go home and enjoy the rest of your Saturday with family and friends!