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I’m writing an information architecture book!

This week’s big news is that I’m writing a book on information architecture.

It will be a introductory-level book, mainly for people who have to create an information architecture but who don’t do it very often. It will be very practical and down to earth and written in a friendly way (if you know me, it will sound just like I’m talking to you, though without the swear words!). If you’ve taken one of my information architecture workshops, it will be the workshop expanded and updated.

It will be published via Mark Boulton’s company Five Simple Steps. I’m really excited about this – I think we are a great fit for each other.

More details to come of course, including release date (which we haven’t discussed yet, but I think we’re both hoping to get it done fairly quickly), table of contents and a book website.

Given I’ll be writing more, I’m likely to be blogging more – yay!

I’ll also be on the look-out for people who can review chapters or who I can talk to for some case-study material to provide real-world examples. Let me know if you’re interested in either of these.

10 Responses to “I’m writing an information architecture book!”

  1. Peter Boersma Says:


    Congrats! I think there is room on the market for a Guerrilla IA book (whcih is more than Card Soring, as I told you before: ;-) ).

    I’d love to get a sneak peek at a chapter or two: feel free to contact me for a review.

    Good luck with the axe (“A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.” Kafka,!

  2. Guilherme Marques Says:

    Hello Donna, I Guilherme Marques of Brazil.
    I am very interested in your work and believe it would be very interesting to have more material on Design Games.


  3. Kate Russell Says:


    I’m eager to hear more about it. I’d also love to give feedback as a rather newcomer in the field.


  4. Louis Says:

    As a web designer, I’m always addressing IA issues but I haven’t had a a go-to resource to assist me. I’m looking forward to pre-ordering this. Loved Mark B’s first book.

  5. Ruth Ellison Says:

    Congratulations Donna! Can’t wait to read the book.

  6. maadonna Says:


    Guilherme – if you are interested in design games, also keep an eye on Dave Gray and Sunni Brown are currently working on a book.

    Peter & Kate – I’ll get in touch about feedback as I get a bit more written down.

    Louis – you are exactly the type of person this book is for!

  7. Kirsten Says:

    Hi Donna,

    This book sounds great. I’d love to review some chapters or potentially contribute a case study.

    I’ve recently been working on a large scale intranet redesign. Much of the content is so specialized that we are directly engaging and empowering subject matter experts and users to conduct detailed IA based on best practices and principles we’re working on establishing.

  8. maadonna Says:

    That sounds great Kirsten.

  9. Rachel Says:

    I’m looking forward to this book already! I’m up for reviewing some of it if you need. I’m a technical communicator so I’d probably have a different take on it than some. I have experience with IA though and have read the polar bear book, so I’m not totally green to the subject.

    Good luck and can’t wait to read it!

  10. maadonna Says:

    Thanks Rachel – that will be great!

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