Information Architecture Really is a Creative Pursuit

Abel Lenz in CommArts' DesignInteract. Also being discussed in CW's blog.

Though it’s a seemingly limited palette—in its most basic form just a list of words—the act of recording an architecture can be intensely deep and creative. Myriad considerations go into the choice and naming of each grouping and constant attention must be given to the future ramifications of each. The final architecture has to work for various audiences, as well as site stakeholders, technical teams and visual designers. Architectures have to use an appropriate language, often having a theme, and occasionally using a metaphor (although it can be easy to get carried away with the metaphors). An architecture is just a list of words, but this choice of words can speak depths — users will interpret that short list of words as the core concepts describing an organization.

via InfoDesign