To “explain IA”, this afternoon I had my 5-year-old son draw me a picture of what he thought IA was and what it is I do for a living. Thought everyone would enjoy his take on explaining IA.
Here’s the complete drawing:
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Here’s what you’ll see on the drawing and his explanations of the drawing in quotes.
“My Dad’s job is an information architect”. Apparently I look like a transformer with 70s hair.
People – “you work with a lot of people Dad”. Naturally people are romans, knights and guys with swords.
Audiences – “here we have a drawing of the orchestra on stage with an audience “the guys at the right are bagpipe players, people will love them”
Labels – a drawing of a can of “mom soup”
Navigation – here we have a compass “like Jack Sparrow’s” and “pirate ships having a battle”
Organizing – “I made a site map of super heroes, organized by boy superheroes and girl superheroes with pictures in case people can’t read my writing”
Finding – “you have to find Waldo in this super big cave”
Search – “this is a hand holding a magnifying glass, looking at a spider”
Maps – “cause you sometimes need a map to find things”
Making things easy – “I decided not to draw anything for this because it was easier”
and lastly – “It’s fun, see they are smiling”
I think he has a pretty good grasp of what IA is. Who knows, maybe he’ll be an IA/UX/IxDA/Designer when he grows up.
NOTE: I only helped with printing out pictures of super heroes and the writing of this summary. I was totally amazed at what he knows about what I do and what things are part of it all. I have a fantastic son!
10 replies on “Explain IA”
That’s fantastic Scott. You must be very proud. I’m glad to see that you have simplified our craft enough so that your very own son can interpret the design process to the above stated.
I am very proud. I had a blast doing this with him and look forward to many more ‘projects’ together. Maybe the next one with lego or post-it-notes.
That is entirely and 100% completely awesome!
Thanks Will. Maybe time for yours to do one on credit unions eh?
See! Even a five year old can get it! Why are HiPPOs so stubborn and don’t want to understand?
This is an amazing tale. You’ve got someone with skills!
It would be amazing to have a little collection of such stories for the major roles, like IA, web analyst, online marketing specialist and such 🙂
That sounds like a great idea Stephane. I’ll have to ask him about that.
This is absolutely awesome! What an amazing description :-).
Thanks Lis. Glad you enjoyed it.
I love that the people are holding swords. Just like in the real world. 🙂
Yeah, isn’t that cute? Must be all those Playmobil knights and history books he has 🙂