IA is not another name for UX
User experience (UX) and Information Architecture (IA) are very different and have separate skill sets, processes and outputs.
I often talk to people who add IA on the their CV as if it’s some simple skill;
IA is actually more complex and difficult than UX
IA is also hundreds of years old as an activity while UX is less than twenty in it’s current form.
- Information architecture is involved in the classification and structure of information.
- User experience is involved in; defining who the audience is, what they can do, how they can do it and matching the aspiration of the content provider with the desires of the audience.
- Information Architecture (IA) the classification of information
- Information Architecture (IA) the classification of information Part 2 – Educational publishing and courses examples
- Definition of User Experience
- User Experience as a process
- Getting UX done the engagement process
- Getting into User Experience Part 1
- Getting into User Experience Part 2