Expert Picks

We asked the principals of Argus Associates what their current Top 5 Favorite resources on information architecture are. Here are the lists they came up with.

Lou Rosenfeld
President

Developing SGML DTDs: From Text To Model to Markup. Eve Maler and Jeanne El Andaloussi. (1995)
This step-by-step tutorial contains essential information for everyone who is working with SGML and needs to understand how to develop DTDs. It covers all aspects of DTD development, including planning, analysis, design, implementation, testing, documentation and training.

Information Architects. Richard Saul Wurman, editor. (1996)
The author edits this book of contributions by 20 masters in the visual display of information. This book discusses the importance of information design in physical spaces and virtual interfaces.
Note: Currently out of print.

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville. (1998)
The book introduces the user to the emerging field of information architecture. It teaches how to design web sites and intranets that support growth, management and ease of use.

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. Scott McCloud. (1993)
This book explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general.

A Visual Vocabulary for Describing Information Architecture and Interaction Design. Jesse James Garrett. (October 17, 2000)
Diagrams are an essential tool for communicating information architecture and interaction design in web development teams. This document discusses the considerations in development of such diagrams, outlines a basic symbology for diagramming information architecture and interaction design concepts, and provides guidelines for the use of these elements.

Peter Morville
CEO

Argus Center for Information Architecture (ACIA).
The ACIA serves as a focal point for the theory and practice of information architecture, with its web site featuring industry events, book reviews, white papers, and interviews with leaders in the discipline.

Information Architecture and User Centered Design Reading List. Christina Wodtke.
This document is a listing of books related to the field of information architecture and related fields.

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville. (1998)
The book introduces the user to the emerging field of information architecture. It teaches how to design web sites and intranets that support growth, management and ease of use.

Information Architecture Glossary. Kat Hagedorn. (March 2000)
This glossary is intended to foster development of a shared vocabulary within the new and rapidly evolving field of information architecture. It should serve as a valuable reference for anyone involved with or interested in the design of information architectures for web sites, intranets and other information systems.

Special Interest Group Information Architecture (SIGIA) Discussion List.
Sponsored by American Society for Information Science (ASIS), this discussion list grew out of the ASIS Summit 2000 conference, "Defining Information Architecture," held in Boston, April 8-9, 2000. The postings are often thought-provoking and instructive, and include theory, practical applications, job postings and tools and resources.