Everyday Information Architecture

Introduction:

  • In the 1920s, he was registrar of Virginia’s Bureau of Vital Sta-tistics, the state government office that controlled birth, death, marriage, and divorce records (http://bkaprt.com/eia/00-01/). As a frothing-at-the-mouth white supremacist, Plecker was terri-fied of interracial marriage. Its very existence, he insisted, was the result of poor categorization: white people were marrying non-white people only because the government hadn’t labeled them “correctly.”
  • Plecker decided that he could use bureaucracy to change this, and he was right: all he had to do was relabel Virginia’s racial categories, and racist laws took care of the rest. He reduced the number of racial identity categories to just two, then altered and enforced documentation to reflect his definitions.
  • This meant that a very small and specific group of people were labeled white, and everyone who fell outside of Plecker’s narrow view were not—and their lives changed accordingly. The government saw them differently, identified them dif-ferently, treated them differently. They no longer had access to the same public spaces, the same schools, the same ser-vices and safety nets afforded to white people. Marriages were invalidated. Children were separated from parents. Virginians lost agency over who they were—all because Walter Plecker changed a label

What you will learn:

  • The importance of organizational framworks.
  • Learn how content can inform strategy and scope.
  • Examines the building blocks of sitemaps.
  • Show us how to put them together.
  • Ensure that users can dfind their way.
  • Explores the appilications ( and implications) of taxonomies.

Who should read this book:

Developers and designers who want to learn infomation architecture.

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