WORLD INFORMATION ARCHITECTURE DAY
Thanks for joining us to celebrate the information architecture community and the empowerment of local design leaders in the District of Columbia in 2019!
Stay tuned for 2020!
2019 THEME: DESIGN FOR DIFFERENCE
As designers, we are responsible for creating worlds of experiences, environments, services, and systems that impact millions of people – with lasting impacts. While we don’t have a Hippocratic Oath, it’s important for us to follow a similar goal to “do good” and “do not harm.” It is our responsibility as IAs to consider the consequences and impact our design decisions have on humanity and society as a whole.
Research is a foundational step in the design process. It ensures that we understand and account for diverse user needs within communities, both in our own domains and globally.
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
There is no average user. There is no norm.
How do we as information architects and designers design for this difference? What is this difference that we’re designing for? How can we better understand it and become more engaged and mindful for our different and diverse users? How might we communicate this understanding to others and provide more meaning and depth?
We build worlds. Let’s do it responsibly.
2019 LOCAL & GLOBAL GIVEAWAYS
Many thanks to WIAD Global for our local and global prizes! Be sure to attend in order to win.
2019 PAST SCHEDULE
9:00 am: Registration & Breakfast 10:00 am: WIAD Open and Welcome remarks
10:30 am: Session 1: Talks. (3 options)
- Maggie Ollove: Who are we leaving behind and how do we fix it?
- Jordan Higgins: 7 Senses of Architecture for Building Accessible Immersive Experiences
- Rachel Weatherly: What We Can All Learn from One University’s Journey to Accessibility
11:35 am: Session 2: Talks, Lightning Talks. (3 options)
- Natalie Mandriko: Experiential session: Emotional design to ease moms out of guilt and shame
- Colin Eagan: Architecting Personalized Experiences
- Janice Chan: How can we improve our defaults through IA?
- David Herring & Heather Myers: Built-in Accessibility for Design Systems and Libraries
- Dian Holton: Designing for gender and age-specific underrepresented audiences
- Guillermo Galdamez: Governance: Designing for continuous listening
12:35 pm: Lunch On your own
01:50 pm: Session 3: Workshop
- Jeff Pass: Architecting IA Industry Events for Diversity & Inclusion
- Assisted by Ali Tolbolsky, Glennette Clark, Daniel Newman, and Asha Singh
03:15 pm: Session 4: Keynote
- Stacy Surla: Being an Ethical IA
04:30 pm: WIAD DC Close & Raffles
05:00 pm: Happy Hour, sponsored by UXPA DC!
We’ve selected our speakers for this year’s event. Send them a congratulations on Twitter or LinkedIn, and get inspired for their upcoming sessions!
WIAD DC is 100 percent volunteer and 100 percent sponsor-dependent. That means that every pencil, pen, piece of paper, raffle ticket, and sticky note we use is donated or paid for by a sponsor. Below we have detailed a few of our packages, but we are always open to discuss these and other options with you to find what works best. All of our sponsorship packages include your logo on the WIAD DC website as well as the Global WIAD DC page, social media promotion, recognition during the event, and additional benefits that can include promotional signage and complimentary tickets depending on the selection.
We offer live streaming and recording. Be the reason exciting content from stellar speakers is documented for years to come!
$1,000 – $1,500
Help introduce amazing speakers to the DC community. Past speakers include WIAD founder, Abby Covert, and Christina Wodtke, among many others!
$1,000 – $2,000
Swag comes in all shapes and sizes and we’ll work with you to incorporate your goodies into our celebration!
Every year, a few dedicated UX professionals organize this event. We come from diverse backgrounds and have different specialities. The thing that brings us together is our love for all things information architecture. We are organizers, heart and mind, and we are always excited to bring together all the amazing individuals from the DC design community. Feel free to reach out to any of us at any time!
Asha R. Singh
Lead UX Researcher
Booz Allen Hamilton
Senior Information Architect
UX Consultant & Content Strategist
Booz Allen Hamilton