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Nov 07, 2003: Who Says IAs Don't have a Sense of Humor?

Check out this poster (617Kb PDF) which uses the metaphor of dating to explain information architecture. Ah, if only it was so simple. Dating, that is...

The poster accompanies a paper presented at CHI 2003, "Dating Example for Information Architecture" (284Kb PDF), presented by Ray Henderson, TaRan Wilson, and Miyuki Shimbo.

Thanks to noted UX humorist Dean Karavite for the pointer!

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Comment: Livia Labate (Nov 7, 2003)

Last August I presented a poster titled "Strategic Planning & User Experience Design: The Role of Information Architecture" The metaphor I used was a pan (Information Architecture) frying an egg (User Experience) over the fire (Strategic Thinking & Planning).

http://www.livlab.com/stuff/poster_estrategia-ai.gif
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It is interesting how not just the metaphors themselves are extremely valuable to transfer meaning from different domains, but also how humour can enhance that understanding very easily. I had previously given a presentation on the same topic using the charts and numbers approach; the response I got from using that frying pan metaphor was much better.

It's a new wave: "learnertainment".

As I walked around checking the other posters in congress I heard: "Hey, did you see that chick's fried egg?" :)

Comment: Nick Finck (Nov 8, 2003)

Lets not forget that there are topic maps for Beer.

http://easytopicmaps.com/index.php?page=BeerTM

Comment: Lou (Nov 12, 2003)

Maybe I should have titled this entry "Meta-dating"?

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