World IA Day Edmonton 2019

Call for Speakers

World Information Architecture Day is an annual celebration hosted by the Information Architecture Institute and held in locations across the globe. This year’s event is on Saturday, February 23, 2019 and the theme is “Design for Difference”.

World IA Day Edmonton is seeking proposals for 20-minute talks at our local celebration. We’re seeking fresh perspectives from anyone who is designing for diversity and encourage speakers from any discipline to apply. If you have an idea for a talk, fill out our call for presenters with a quick outline.

Submit a Proposal

The deadline for submissions is January 16, 2019. Speakers will be confirmed by January 28, 2019.

See the summary from last year’s event to see what we get up to.

World IA Day 2019 Theme

“Know thy user” has been a mantra for information architects for about as long as IA has been a thing. Unfortunately, in the rush to get things done, we sometimes focus our attention on a mythical person called “the average user”. But the truth is, the “average user” doesn’t exist. Real people are far more complex and diverse than an average can describe.

This year’s World IA Day theme is “Design for Difference”. As IAs, designers, and web professionals, we help create information spaces that affect an enormous number of people. It is our responsibility to consider the impact our design decisions have on humans – and even society as a whole.

So, what differences are we are designing for?

  • Difference in ability and disability
  • Difference in access to information and technology
  • Difference in language and cultural understanding
  • Difference in age, gender, and identity
  • Difference in experience and engagement

There is no average user. How do we respect differences and ensure that our designs work for the diversity of the real world?

About the Organizers

nForm User Experience designs websites, intranets, services and applications for complex organizations. Based right here in Edmonton, they provide digital strategy, design, evaluation and consulting to make systems work for the people who need them.