It’s been a little while since the IA Summit 2013. And like many attendees, I returned inspired to be a better Information Architect and energized to become an even better person and member of this fun quirky community. I’ve gotten back in the trenches to do the work at ICF Ironworks but I do want to share my experience.
This was my very first IA Summit and I have @alistapart to thank for getting me there! Conferences are always a great opportunity to step away from work, to network, and to hear the direction your field is going in the near future. And thanks to A List Apart’s contest for a FREE conference pass, I got an opportunity to do just that! As I reflect on my experience, this year’s summit seemed mostly dedicated to practical approaches or techniques to Information Architecture and the exploration of foundational theories for our field from both well-known thought-leaders and inspiring first-time speakers. Throughout the conference, several themes stood out. Collaboration was a key focus with special attention given to strategies for problem solving, improving deliverables, and redefining best practices. As my IA Summit first-timer guide Abby Covert’s summit tattoo (not permanent) says IA is Forever!!! So, it was a good year to reflect on the foundation of our field.