Monday, December 04, 2006

Updated for the Post-Ajaxian Web 2.0 World: Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Third Edition

I just got this book, "Information Architecture for the World Wide Web" (O'Reilly, US$39.99), in the mail today.

Peter Morville and coauthor Louis Rosenfeld in the new edition of their classic "Information Architecture for the World Wide Web" answers important questions like:

"How do we structure for co-creation?"
"How do we document the rich interfaces of web applications? How do we design for multiple platforms and mobile devices? What has changed, and what remains the same?"

There are no easy answers, but their book presents new approaches, balancing the old and new, and addressing emerging technologies while maintaining a focus on fundamentals.

"Information Architecture for the World Wide Web," Third Edition (also known as "Polar Bear 3.0," for the animal on its cover), introduces tagging and advanced findability concepts, with recent examples, new scenarios, and information on best practices. Topics range from aesthetics to mechanics and include:
  • An overview of information architecture for both newcomers and experienced practitioners.
  • The fundamental components of an architecture, illustrating theinterconnected nature of these systems. Updated, with updates for tagging, folksonomies, social classification, and guided navigation.
  • Tools, techniques, and methods that take you from research to strategy and design to implementation. This edition discusses blueprints, wireframes, and the role of diagrams in the design phase.
  • A series of short essays that provide practical tips and philosophical advice for those who work on information architecture.
  • The business context of practicing and promoting information architecture, including recent lessons on how to handle enterprise architecture.
  • Case studies on the evolution of two large and very different information architectures, illustrating best practices along the way.

I'm very excited with this book and look forward in sharing more about it!

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