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Jul 07, 2001: Enough Kvetching Already...

I've been wondering how a cross-country road trip would affect my thinking about information architecture. (Thinking about work: what better way to spoil a vacation?) I can't say that I've made any major breakthroughs while encountering Maxwell, Nebraska; Winnemucca, Nevada; or Atomic City, Idaho. In fact, each of these towns has more important issues to deal with than, for example, whether we should define information architecture broadly or narrowly.

Don't get me wrong: it's good that we're having these discussions on SIGIA-L, endless as they may seem (and trust me, this thread will come up for years to come). But what are we doing to help the rest of the world understand us in a simple and effective way?

What's much more important than our definitions is that each of us can do these two things in an elevator: (1) provide a definition of information architecture in one sentence or less; and (2) explain why it's important in one sentence or less.

You don't need a consensus definition from "the field" to do this. Because ultimately you'll be all alone when it comes to explaining it to the other person in that elevator.

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