This must be going all over the web right now, but I'm going to add just one more reference.
A blog by User Experience (UX) / User Centered Design (UCD) practitioner and Big Information Architect (IA) Peter Boersma.
Peter Bogaards, of InfoDesign fame, was kind enough to mention this blog on his site. Thank you, Peter! We really should try to get all Peter's in IA together at the next IA Summit.
I've decided to organize the next edition of my series of Amsterdam Information Architects Cocktail Hours during the User Experience 2004 conference of the Nielsen Norman group.
On the members-only list of AIfIA (the Asilomar Institute for Information Architecture) there is currently a debate about the end of the (web) page, and how it affects Information Architects.
On the one hand, you have a multitude of new devices with different UI capabilities (smart phones, PDAs, RSS readers, etc.), which encourages us to push towards more abstract representations of solutions (eg. wireframes that no longer suggest element positioning in a page, only item hierarchy). On the other hand, the adoption of rich interfaces -- eg, Flash-based sites -- require less abstract (more specific) representations (eg. "wireflows", wireframes plus interaction, animatics, etc.)
We somehow need to reconcile these divergent approaches.
I am looking forward to Design Engaged, organized by Andrew Otwell in my hometown Amsterdam of all places! We've been communicating online for what seems (and must be) years, and have been close to meeting eachother more than once but it never happened. Now it looks like it finally will happen.
Hi, I'm back. Had a great time in The States, both in New York and in San Francisco. We did two house swaps, mostly arranged through Craigslist and we may never ever go on another type of holiday ever again. That's how cool it is to enjoy life in another place through the eyes of someone who actually lives there. Yes, I realize it might be hard to arrange a house swap when I want to see the deep jungle of Papua New Guinnea, but for city trips they're great. And I love city trips.