Re: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing

Subject: Re: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing
From: David Farbey <dfarbey -at- yahoo -dot- co -dot- uk>
To: "TechWhirl (techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:36:47 +0000

While I've seen Information Architect used as a synonym for the sort of
planning work that a senior tech writer or a doc manager may do, I have
also seen it used for the job of designing data structures and other
back-end features of web sites and systems.

I've also noticed that information architects appear to be better paid than
technical writers...

David

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On 12 February 2016 at 20:14, Michael McCallister <workingwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
wrote:

> As it happens, "World Information Architecture Day" is next Saturday, Feb.
> 20. There are activities happening all over the planet, perhaps even where
> you are: http://2016.worldiaday.org/locations
>
> Our STC chapter is slightly involved in publicizing the local event, a
> conference organized by the UW-Milwaukee library school. I'm looking
> forward to it.
>
> Mike McCallister
>
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> On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 1:13 PM, Robin Whitmore <rwhitmore -at- weebly -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
> > Join the club - I do it all too! And loving it!
> >
> > On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 11:11 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > 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) <
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> > > >
> > > *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>
> > > 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
Re: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing: From: Robin Whitmore
RE: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing: From: Robin Whitmore
Re: Information Architecture seems quite similar to Technical Writing: From: Michael McCallister

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