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New York City 2017

New York United States


North America

World Information Architecture Day presented by The Information Architecture Institute and Bloomberg

World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual celebration hosted by the Information Architecture Institute and held in dozens of locations across the globe.

We are a community of like-minded professionals and enthusiasts who share the common goal of practicing, learning, teaching and shaping the future of information architecture.

This year our theme is Information Strategy and Structure.

Our local sponsor Bloomberg is our host this year. They have been instrumental is helping Sean and me plan for the celebration this year. 

Event date
Sat, 18 February 2017

Venue, parking and transit

Bloomberg LP Headquarters

731 Lexington Avenue

Please see the registration site for all the details on entering the building and logistics for the day.


11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Check In

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Opening Remarks

11:45 AM - 12:45 PM

Opening Keynote: Toward Emotionally Intelligent Design

We know what makes most people click, but we don’t know as much about how they feel. Feeling is as important as form and function, and yet emotion isn’t always part of the design process. How do we do we move beyond solving problems to recognizing the rich emotional texture of our relationship with technology? This talk draws on the hallmarks of emotional intelligence—perceiving, understanding, communicating, and managing—to create a meaningful approach for emotional design that moves beyond delight.

Presented by Pam Pavliscak

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM

Designing Teams for Emerging Challenge

The technologies and people we are designing experiences for are constantly changing, in most cases they are changing at a rate that is difficult keep up with. When we think about how our teams are structured and the design processes we use in light of this challenge, a new design problem (or problem space) emerges, one that requires us to focus inward. How do we structure our teams and processes to be resilient? What would happen if we looked at our teams and design process as IA’s, Designers, Researchers? What strategies would we put in place to help them be successful? This talk will look at challenges we face leading, supporting, or simply being a part of design teams creating experiences for user groups with changing technological needs.

Presented by Aaron Irizarry

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM


2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Leading Creative Ideation


Fighting to get your team to think big picture and outside the box? Do your brainstorming sessions lead to total chaos? Having trouble generating fresh, actionable ideas? Or getting buy-in at stratified and siloed organizations? The struggle is real. You can’t make new things without new (and lateral) thinking. Through the lens of my own practice at Cooper, I’ll discuss the value of developing an exploration strategy—the frameworks and ideation methods I’ve relied on to unlock tsunamis of creative ideas in teams otherwise mired in tactical thinking or skeptical of the value of brainstorming. I’ll also share a few evaluation methods that transform that dump truck full of ideas into a prioritized, actionable roadmap.

Presented by Shannon McGarity

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Bloomberg UX Lab Tour & Break

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Closing Keynote Beyond Research

It's taken very many years, but user research capabilities are finally becoming accepted as a must-have by large organizations that strive to produce better products and services. So user researchers should take a well-deserved bow! But only one. Because each type of user research remains narrow in focus, full of biases, and disconnected from other kinds of research. Most organizations are therefore overpaying for a disjointed, uncoordinated dog's breakfast of data that chronically under-delivers.

Presented by Lou Rosenfeld

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Closing Remarks

4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Refreshments and Networking