RE: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing

Subject: RE: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: 'Robin Whitmore' <rwhitmore -at- weebly -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:11:54 +0000

As Iâm a lone writer here, I do the whole thing.

I suppose that makes me Senior Technical Writer, Tech Pubs Manager, and Information Architect, all rolled into one geeky person.

~Craig

From: Robin Whitmore [mailto:rwhitmore -at- weebly -dot- com]
Sent: Friday, February 12, 2016 2:09 PM
To: Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
Cc: TechWhirl (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com) <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Subject: Re: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing

In my experience, Information Architecture is part of Tech Writing if you are responsible for how your content is organized and delivered. In larger companies, there are often Information Architecture specialists that work with the writing teams to help create templates for deliverables, and who help determine what content goes into which type of deliverable, and they also help determine the delivery method. In smaller companies, those tasks may be done by the tech pubs manager.

So I just think it's a higher level of breaking down the complex. Instead of breaking down the complex for a single product or even feature, it's breaking down the complex across all deliverables to make the customer journey smoother.

On Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 7:39 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com<mailto:ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>> wrote:
I was reading a review, located here (http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2016/02/information-architecture-in-review-part-1.php) of a new book on information architecture.

The reviewer talks about "breaking down information complexity."

One of the definitions I have read of technical writing is "simplifying the complex."

Those two definitions seem the same to me.

Is technical writing a branch of information architecture, or is information architecture a branch of technical writing?

Cordially,
Craig Cardimon | Senior Technical Writer
Marketing Systems Group



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