Tomorrow’s Architects (Q&A)

I gave a talk, sponsored by ProQuest and O’Reilly Media, called Tomorrow’s Architects: Designing the Future of Libraries. Here are the video and slides. Because there were over 1,000 participants, I couldn’t reply to everyone, so I’m adding responses here. Of course, questions are more valuable than answers, so thank you for your curiosity. FromKeep reading

Anatomy of a Crisis

One summer’s night on break from school we were drinking and dancing at a sprawling beach party when a mammoth of a man shoved Paul to the sand and began kicking him. My friends and I stood twenty feet away screaming “stop.” His friends yelled that Paul had stolen his girlfriend’s purse. My drunken mindKeep reading

Seeking Sanctuary

Last week, we moved from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a spectacularly challenging adventure. I don’t regret driving a 26 foot Penske truck over the Appalachian mountains, but I’ll never try it again. And, I am eternally grateful to our daughters, Claire and Claudia, for helping us load and unload. It was soKeep reading

World IA Day, Inc.

It’s been a cathartic year for the information architecture community. In the wake of the dissolution of the IA Institute, grief and sorrow linger, yet even now there are signs of new life arising from the ashes. Volunteers are working hard to ensure that both the Information Architecture Conference and World IA Day survive and thrive,Keep reading

Grief and Gratitude

This is my twentieth IA Summit and my first time contributing to the closing ritual. As you might expect of an introvert who wrote a book about planning, I’ve prepared my madness in advance. I hope to share a few passages from The Wild Edge of Sorrow. It’s a wonderful book by Francis Weller about ritualsKeep reading