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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1.0 edition (4 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500615994
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500615994
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Abby Covert specializes in delivering a highly collaborative information architecture process and teaching those that she works with along the way. Abby speaks and writes under the pseudonym Abby the IA, focusing on sharing information architecture content with those working within the design and technology communities. She teaches information architecture at The School of Visual Arts, Parsons: the New School and General Assembly NYC. Abby prides herself on being an active organizer and mentor within the IA community. She currently serves as the president of the Information Architecture Institute and as an advisor for the Information Architecture Summit. She holds credit for inventing World Information Architecture Day, a free annual conference held simultaneously in dozens of locations across the globe. Now in its fourth year, World IA Day has been held in 50+ cites. Thirty eight more locations have been added for 2015. After ten years of practicing information architecture for clients and writing about it on the web, Abby saw that too few people knew how to practice it for themselves. She decided that the best way to help would be to teach this important practice. And, after two years of teaching without a textbook, Abby told her students that she intended to write the book that was missing: a book about information architecture for everybody. This is that book. In developing this book, Abby wrote more than 75,000 words, clarified the contextual meaning of more than 100 terms, and tested three distinctively different prototypes with readers.


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It's written in a cod-profound sound-of-one-hand-clapping style which I found annoying ("Be the filter, not the grounds"). The author claims to have cut the book down from 75,000 words but they could have cut more and dropped the stylistic pretence. Would not recommend it. I would recommend is The Memory Jogger II (2) because it is more accessible though it does assume you have some knowledge of using the tools.
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Less a how-to guide and more of a list of prompts, I didn't find this book very helpful.

I was hoping for a series of approaches to use in an IT environment with tips on where they'd be useful, which approach to use for which types of data, etc. This book prefers something more along the lines of 'Have you thought about putting things into groups? Why not try it, it can be quite helpful sometimes'.

Also, it shouldn't matter, but I didn't like the format. One tip per page, often just a paragraph - a few diagrams would really have helped. I read it through, but I admit I just skimmed the second half.
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Scratches the surface
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Fantastic book, I try and reference it all the time
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