Today's information architects are the heirs of yesterday's scribes, clerks, and clerics: laboring to acquire, store, and disseminate knowledge for the sake of humanity, but ultimately in the service of institutions.I love the variety on Boxes and Arrows -- one week you get something like this dense philosophizing, and the next week you might get into the nitty-gritty of design documentation.
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
Information Architects Serving Institutions
Here's an industrial-strength link to start things off: The Sociobiology of Information Architecture. I have to admit that this kind of stratospheric view of IA seems a bit useless, but I couldn't stop reading. This guy really knows how to write, skipping around effortlessly in evolutionary biology, while trying to pull together some kind of theory of collective learning and social networks.