Re: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing

Subject: Re: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing
From: Mark Baker <mbaker -at- analecta -dot- com>
To: 'Robin Whitmore' <rwhitmore -at- weebly -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:39:40 -0500

Yes, information architecture is not a new task, but in some organizations it has been factored out of the writer's responsibilities (and, arguably, the librarian's responsibilities) because of the much larger scale and added dimensions of organization involved in a website vs a book. Organization of material at that scale calls for new skills and techniques and the scope is sufficient to justify deadicating someone to it full time.

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On Feb 12, 2016, 2:13 PM, at 2:13 PM, Robin Whitmore <rwhitmore -at- weebly -dot- com> wrote:
>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>
>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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Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing: From: Cardimon, Craig
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