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A Practical Guide to Information Architecture by Donna Spencer
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Aug 26, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: ebook, ia, user-experience, 2010
Recommended for: Junior Information architects
Read from August 26 to 30, 2010 — I own a copy

This was a great primer on the practice of information architecture. As a young IA, I found a lot of the information refreshed things I already knew, but there was also some new information as well. I think more experienced IAs would find this quite basic, so it might not be the best book for all you seasoned pros.

Of the 'new' stuff that I learned from this book, probably the most helpful was the section on IA testing. Now, I've done usability testing, and card sorting before, but I hadn't yet read a detailed methodology for testing a site architecture after it was reasonably established, but before any of the wireframing or design work had started (skip to chapter 19 for this). I'm going to try to implement at least some level of this testing into my projects from now on.

Also, this was the first book I read on the iPad, and I wrote up some thoughts on that experience on my blog.
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