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I feel like a new IA

Today I started a project with a new client (my first freelance project).

I realised something quite interesting – for my entire IA career I have been working on a fairly narrow range of sites, primarily large, content-heavy websites and intranets for government. In these projects my focus has been on user research, getting the content groupings right, finding the right labels and designing broad navigation. Quite top-down, quite high level, not very detailed. All necessary, all important, and I’ve been pretty good at it.

But I always felt that I was missing something – I’ve never had to think hard about detailed content modelling and relationships, my diagrams were always quite simple, and the level of interactivity and complexity was quite low.

My new project changes all that. The domain (which I won’t mention) is about as far away from my previous experience as is possible. The high level IA has already been done (and is fairly obvious) so the project is about detailed IA and layout. I’m working with a creative team with very strong visual design skills. I’m having to think much harder about deliverables and how they communicate concepts and detail.

I feel like a new IA all over again! Yay!

3 Responses to “I feel like a new IA”

  1. Peter Boersma Says:

    Congrats, you’ve grown up to become a Big IA! Enjoy! :-)

  2. Livia Labate Says:

    I wonder how many people start where you started and then progress to that area, and how many people start there and move towards the high-level stuff. I also wonder what difference that makes in the quality of the work. Thoughts?

  3. donna Says:

    Hmmm…I think I came across from usability/user research then went up to consulting pretty quickly, which led me to the surface work. Probably not so common.

    I think the quality suffers, but not from the path I took, more from the type of engagement that resulted – high level top down is not great quality work. The more IA I do, the more I realise that it is the deeper detailed work that really makes a difference.