Dallas, Texas, United States

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Saturday February 18th, 2017

World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual celebration of this phenomenon. Hosted in dozens of locations across the world by local organizers on February 18th, we focus on telling stories of information being architected by everyone from teachers to business owners; technologists to artists; designers to product managers.

WIAD 17 Theme: Information Strategy & Structure

In today’s world, organizations are required to rethink how to architect and manage information to maintain a competitive and organizational edge. Many are embracing strategies that are more flexible, moving away from isolated systems and departmental silos. These organizations recognize the need for information to be structured so that it is clear, usable, findable and understandable.

But, the need for information strategy and structure extends beyond the enterprise. Whether information is architected to inform algorithms, to bring awareness to important societal challenges, or to clearly communicate available resources to help those in need; information strategy and structure plays an important role in our everyday lives.

Join us on February 18, 2017 as Information Architecture practitioners around the world come together to celebrate, share knowledge, and bring awareness to the importance of strategy and structure within our communities and economies.

Thanks to our global sponsors, we will be giving away one Axure License, one Rosenfeld Digital Library, a selection of books from O'Reilly, one 60-day UIE subscription, one $50 off IA Summit, and 20% discount on workshops from Cooper to selected attendees.


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University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)
800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080
Galaxy Rooms in the Student Untion Building

Please use the third, fourth and fifth floors of the PS1 parking structure. For directions to the parking structure, follow this link: http://www.utdallas.edu/directions/ps1/

Program Schedule
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
Who Doesn't Love Donuts and Coffee??

Check-in begins, coffee and breakfast courtesy of VitaminT and networking

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM
Kick Off!

WIAD 2017 Dallas kick off!

Lets take a couple minutes to thank our sponsors before we get our day started.

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
Seamless IA: Bridging the Physical-Digital Divide

Join Jesslyn Beattie, Director of UX at Universal Mind as she kicks of our World IA Day Celebration:

Our physical and digital worlds are rapidly converging. While this evolution has created endless opportunities, attention scarcity is an unfortunate byproduct; users are constantly being overwhelmed with information. In order to continue building successful products and services, we must ensure that we are meeting the right needs, reducing friction, and ultimately delighting the customer. This talk will explore how to leverage human centered design to translate information across the physical-digital divide.

11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Creating Interfaces with Significance

Now that you're awake, join Cassini Nazir as he talks about signifiers:

Why does Donald Norman, after introducing the concept of “affordance” to designers in 1988, now tell us to abandon them? What do signifier signify and what is its significance for modern designers? We’ll discover the difference between signifiers and affordance (and best uses of each); explore how we use them daily; and learn how we can put each into action on our next design project.

It's almost lunch time!

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Because who doesn't love to eat? And network.

Join us for lunch courtesy of Universal Mind and Big Design.

1:00 PM - 1:50 PM
Information Literacy: Access Evaluate Use

Loreen Henry, Head of Information Literacy Services at UTD will talk to us about Information Literacy.

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Information literacy skills are essential in today's world. Information literacy is relevant to lifelong learning, common to all disciplines, learning environments, and levels of education. This presentation will demonstrate how librarians attempt to teach these skills.

2:00 PM -
The End!

(Help clean up)

Go home and enjoy the rest of your Saturday with family and friends!

Speakers & Presenters
Jesslyn Beattie
Jesslyn Beattie
Director of UX
Universal Mind

Jesslyn Beattie is Director of UX for Universal Mind in Dallas. She holds a keen interest in design thinking, customer research, experience strategy, and business innovation. Jesslyn’s style of work relies heavily on the belief that the best products come out of a collaborative and iterative process where team members talk often and honestly, feedback is received quickly and fixed even faster, and where user needs and context is the primary driver for creating a delightful solution. Passionate about the Dallas design community, Jesslyn organizes the local chapter of Ladies that UX, conducts workshops with local universities, and is an avid contributor to local meetups.

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Cassini Nazir
Clinical Assistant Professor and faculty chairperson of the UX @ UTD club

Cassini Nazir is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Arts and Technology program at The University of Texas at Dallas where he teaches classes in interaction design, web design and design principles.

His research interests include accessibility, interaction design, user interface and user experience.

Prior to teaching, Cassini managed The University of Texas at Dallas homepage and high-traffic pages and helped launched an initial redesign for the UT Dallas website  that placed Third in the Best of Web award from the Center for Digital Education in 2005. That same year he won the Accessibility InternetRally (AIR) Austin award from Knowbility for his redesign of the UT Dallas McDermott Scholars website.

Over the past 15 years, Cassini has designed print pieces, logos, websites, and interactive elements for mobile, tablet and desktop devices.

Cassini holds an MFA from UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology Program and bachelors degrees in English literature and Economics.

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Loreen Henry
Head of Information Literacy Services

As Head of Information Literacy Services at McDermott Library, I coordinate the library instruction program. My responsibilities include instruction and outreach, reference, liaison to the Jindal School of Management, and other duties.

McDermott Library's Information Literacy program provides the University of Texas at Dallas' students, faculty, and staff with assistance in developing library research skills and competent information use as part of lifelong learning. Instruction is offered as personal one-on-one sessions, library tours, or class presentations.

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