658 - Information Architecture
Everything is complex. Distinctions between physical and digital space are dissolving. Profound events in human culture unfold in places made of and from information. The architecture of information for a Bay Area startup's new IOS app, or for a municipal government's sharepoint portal, or up in the cloud of an "omnichannel" enterprise is rarely somebody's specific job. This course will examine the progression of IA theory and expand students' familiarity with architecture, architects, and architectural and critical theory. In this class you'll engage in a peculiar and spirited examination of arguments for why it ought to be. You'll learn how to apply architectural thinking and practices in complex information spaces, and how to design structures that make the complex clear.