Argus closes its doors

After 10 years of service, Argus Associates is closing its doors, another victim of the downturn in the dot com market. Must all good things come to an end? In this crazy "new economy", for anything that seems to be an unnecessary component of the web design process (and incidentally usually adds value to it), the answer seems to be yes. As we all have observed the carnage of this economic downturn has affected talented individuals and valuable companies alike.

"Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are deeply sorry to announce that Argus Associates is ceasing operations this month. We remain absolutely convinced that the need for high-quality information architecture consulting and design will continue to expand, and that by year-end market demand will have rebounded as well. However, Argus doesn't have the financial resources to weather this storm.

We are proud of Argus' accomplishments, particularly:

* Writing a best-selling O'Reilly book that expanded awareness of the practice and value of information architecture.

* Growing a consistently profitable (10 years in a row) consulting practice that designed IA solutions for more than 100 clients, including some of the world's largest corporations.

* Participating in the creation of a new community of information architects through ACIA and ASIS&T publications and events.

* Building the strongest co-located team of information architects in the world.

If you're in a position to make new hires, we highly encourage you to consider some of the wonderful staff (including project managers, information architects, and specialists) we've been forced to let go. Contact information, bios, and resumes will soon be available online ).

Peter Morville and I will continue participating in the development of the IA Community and hope to maintain the Argus Center for Information Architecture ( ) as a focal point for these efforts. We will also be available as individuals for limited consulting engagements.

We believe that the information architecture community has already made a positive impact, and we look forward to the continued growth of the practice of information architecture over the coming years.

We greatly appreciate your support and wish you all the best.


Louis Rosenfeld Peter Morville