Educational Resources


UXPA-MN recognizes that members like you want to continue to learn and grow within the User Experience practice, and to help you achieve that goal, we've curated a number of items below. In this section, you will find resources that you can read, watch, listen to, or do that we hope expand the breadth and depth of your knowledge of user experience.

This page will be refreshed regularly with new resources around a given theme relevant to multiple roles within the UX discipline.

Do you have ideas for a future theme or resources you'd like to see covered here?
Contact Scott Caruso so the UXPA-MN team can review it for inclusion in a future update!

Current Theme: Information Architecture

Updated: March 22, 2021

April is National Records and Information Management Month in the United States and although it primarily exists as a means to encourage sound record-keeping for individuals and businesses, it is an opportunity for those of us responsible for designing, researching, and developing user experiences to focus on how we can organize information in the most intuitive way for our users. I hope that these resources related to Information Architecture in UX Design help give you new ways of thinking about how you can help users better manage the informational load within the experiences that you're helping to build.

Read

Information Architecture. Basics for Designers. by tubik (UX Planet)

If you're not clear on what Information Architecture is or you're just breaking into the UX discipline, this is a great primer on what we mean when we discuss IA. There are links to further readings at the end as well.


The Beginner's Guide to Information Architecture in UX by Nick Babich (Adobe)

Another good primer on Information Architecture written specifically for those who may be (or hope to be) UX Architects. Complete with a number of very useful visuals to illustrate the examples and practical applications that are outlined.


Designing More Efficient Forms by Nick Babich (UX Planet)

The second item by Nick on this list. He provides practical examples of how to apply IA principles to the design of strong forms.


Card Sorting: Uncover Users' Mental Models for Better Information Architecture by Katie Sherwin (nn group)

Perhaps the most effective user research method to uncover Information Architecture-related insights is the card sort. This article explains what they are, how they work, and what benefits you get from including these kinds of user research activities as part of your design exploration.


Watch

A Beginner's Guide to Information Architecture by Career Foundry


Understanding Information Architecture - Dan Klyn and Shari Thurow at UXPA 2013 by UXPA International


Chris How - Digital Experiences and Information Architecture by Usabilla


Footers are Underrated by NNgroup

Listen

#169 Reintroduction to Information Architecture with Donna Spencer by UX Podcast

Description from show page: "We get a reintroduction to information architecture with Donna Spencer. Donna shares with us some of the methods and tools she teaches as part of her workshops as well as look at some of the challenges that information projects can throw at you.

We reflect with Donna about how information architecture has changed through the years, going on a journey from structure and search to UX before falling into engagement and usability. Information projects of today are more complex than ever before, but we’re also getting better at doing them."

10 // Abby Covert, Etsy // Information Architecture and Content Strategy by The Content Strategy Podcast

Description from show page: "Author, speaker, and noted information architect Abby Covert joins Kristina to talk about the IA community and finding your own community of discipline. They also touch on the relationship (and overlap) between content strategy and IA, and what IA looks like at a large company like Etsy where Abby works."

Do

Web Design Strategy and Information Architecture by coursera

This course is focused on the early user experience (UX) challenges of research, planning, setting goals, understanding the user, structuring content, and developing interactive sequences.  (NOTE: You can try coursera for free, however courses are behind a pay wall after an initial free trial period. UXPA-MN does not endorse or have any affiliation with coursera.)


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