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UX Dead? IA Thriving?

Nick Finck

March 22, 2005 at 6:29 PM

While most of my colleagues are still recovering from a five day hang over from SXSW Interactive some of us have noticed a few blips on the radar this week. One from Peter Merholz's who asks Is "User Experience," for all intents and purposes, dead? to which Dave Rogers has a follow-up post entitled Is UX Dead?. Peter points out that there is no UX community (IAI), book (the Polar Bear book), or publication (Boxes & Arrows). Ahh, don't speak to fast here, all of that is about to change... mark my words. The second thing that came across my radar was Lou Rosenfeld's post Happy Times for IA? I really couldn't agree more with Lou's points here. I am seeing the same thing even has just a one-man-shop. I, however, agree with some of the comments people posted here: "Organizations already acknowledge IA - they just have no idea what the IA practice is." ..which goes back to defining the damn thing, which we never really did and lead to a lot of arguments and debates and people leaving with their heads shaking. Ironically this is the same problem UX seems to be having right now. More to the point, we don't need to define it, we need to do it. We need to show what good IA or UX is and what can be done. Lead by example people.

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