A definition of IA

In Martin White's article, "Information Architecture and Usability" appearing in the "Behind The Firewall" column of e Content magazine, the author discusses information architecture in 2 very short paragraphs. He offers his definition of IA and an opinion about implications of IA in intranets. Not too much to read here, so you can just look at this excerpt:

    To me, information architecture is the process of designing the access to information so that users can rely mainly on their intuition to navigate quickly and productively around the site. When you go through the front door of an office building you expect to find a reception area with company literature and helpful staff, rather than walking into a massive warehouse with products listed in a numerical sequence of code numbers. On the evidence of their Web sites, some publishers have very strange office layouts.