UX Quotes

Information Architecture Quotes

Author Quote
Bob Boiko “Information architecture is at the very center of the electronic information storm. Without effective means to structure and present the information we produce we are blown about by the vast quantities and the variable quality of that information. IA provides you a deep keel and a strong rudder to surf above the waves of information that buffet you.”
Bob Boiko (source)
Chiara Fox “You can make a website without explicitly thinking about the IA. You don’t have to use metadata or control your vocabularies or develop thesauri. You don’t have to tweak your search engine and play with recall and precision to improve your results. But it will be better if you do.”
Chiara Fox (source)
Chikezie Ejiasi “Life is conversational. Web design should be the same way. On the web, you’re talking to someone you’ve probably never met – so it’s important to be clear and precise. Thus, well structured navigation and content organization goes hand in hand with having a good conversation.”
Chikezie Ejiasi (source)
Gerry McGovern “Content makes the sale, delivers the service and builds the brand. The architecture is the container of the website, but content–well, it’s the content in the container. We don’t buy from iTunes because of its architecture; we buy because of its music. Great information architecture is invisible so that the content can shine through.”
Gerry McGovern (source)
Gerry McGovern “Good web navigation design is not about giving people lots and lots of choices. It is not about second guessing decisions we have made. It’s not about asking what if we want to get back to where we were. It’s about looking forward, not about looking backward.”
Gerry McGovern (source)
Jakob Nielsen “Good information architecture makes users less alienated and suppressed by technology. It simultaneously increases human satisfaction and your company’s profits. Very few jobs allow you to do both at the same time, so enjoy.”
Jakob Nielsen (source)
Jeff Lash “Information architecture helps make sure that business needs and user needs are met, leaving everyone happy, and isn’t that really what it’s all about?”
Jeff Lash (source)
Jeffrey Zeldman “Good information architecture enables people to find and do what they came for. Great information architecture takes find out of the equation: the site behaves as the visitor expects. Poor or missing information architecture neuters content, design, and programming and devalues the site for its owners as well as the audience it was created to serve. It’s like a film with no director. The actors may be good, the sets may be lovely, but audiences will leave soon after the opening credits.”
Jeffrey Zeldman (source)
Louis Rosenfeld “Information architecture is not about surface glamor; it’s about mission-critical infrastructure. And infrastructure has widespread and long-term impact. The ripples of our designs spread outwards, affecting the work of interface designers, programmers, authors, and eventually users… As we design the legacy information architectures of tomorrow, we should consider our responsibility to the big here and the long now.”
Louis Rosenfeld (source)
Luke Wroblewski “Information architecture defines the structure of information. Interaction design enables people to manipulate and contribute to that information. Visual design communicates these possibilities to people and creates affinity to them. User experience is the summation of these considerations.”
Luke Wroblewski (source)
Mark Boulton “Design has been viewed as being aesthetic. Design equals How Something Looks. You see this attitude to design in every part of society–clothing design to interior design, less so in product design, and yes, in web design…. I think design covers so much more than the aesthetic. Design is fundamentally more. Design is usability. It is Information Architecture. It is Accessibility. This is all design.”
Mark Boulton (source)
Peter Morville “I guess part of what excites me about the Web, and makes me feel good about doing information architecture, is that it helps people get better at sharing information. People have used the metaphor that in creating the Internet we’re creating a central nervous system for the planet, wiring ourselves together and making the ways that we’re able to communicate and share information much more fluid. Of course, in order to feel good about that, you have to have a certain amount of optimism that if we enable people to communicate and share information better, they’ll ultimately make better decisions.”
Peter Morville (source)
Peter Morville “Findability precedes usability. In the alphabet and on the Web. You can’t use what you can’t find.”
Peter Morville (source)
Richard Wurman “Effective information architects make the complex clear; they make the information understandable to other human beings. If they succeed in doing that, they’re good information architects. If they fail, they’re not.”
Richard Wurman (source)