An information architect (sometimes called a “digital librarian”) organizes complex systems of information so that users can find exactly what they’re looking for. They are responsible for website/user interface design and development, including layout, navigation and flow, as well as, developing IA documentation (site maps, navigation models, content models) for web sites. The role of the Information Architect is to help discover and articulate the “why” of the project. They will work directly with clients and across vertically-oriented disciplines to ensure consistency and continuity.
Daily tasks in information architect jobs can include user research; determining hierarchies of information and content flow; creating PDFs and spreadsheets; they will be delivering taxonomies and wireframes. A firm understanding of user-centered design processes and information architecture principles is essential.
When hiring or creating an Information Architect job description, keep the following in mind:
Information Architect Skills Needed
- Client Facing Communication
- Understanding of User-Centered Design
- Concept Testing
- Critical Thinking
- Thought Leadership
- Card Sorting
- Advanced Computer Skills
Suggested Software Proficiency
- Adobe Illustrator
- Microsoft Excel
- Wireframing Tools
Many people think IA is just part of the overall user experience designer’s job. While the two are related, they are not one and the same. For information on UX Job Descriptions, please click here.
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