My new book: A practical guide to information architecture is out.
As the title suggests, this is a very practical book. It covers all sorts of IA issues you’ll come across in projects – including setting project goals, analysing content, planning for content, understanding people (user research), designing IA, designing navigation, usability testing and documenting your work. Plus it covers IA principles such as categories, classification, labelling and common IA patterns.
While mainly focused around examples of websites and intranets, it’s also relevant to application design (web and non-web) and other situations where you need to organise, group and label content.
Folks have asked me how it differs from other information architecture books (IA for the world wide web, Blueprints for the web). Personally I think it is more approachable than the first and more comprehensive than the second (I love both books and have recommended them for years, but that’s where I think mine sits in comparison).
It’s available in PDF and epub and you can pre-order a paperback.
Anyway, go check it out, and let me know what you think.