As you may have seen from a previous post
, I am reading Stewart Brand's "How Buildings Learn: What happens after they're built". This time, my eye fell on this paragraph (on page 71 of my edition) where I couldn't help but read "information architecture" wherever it read "architecture", so I changed that for you:
"One of the things which we are searching for is a form of [information] architecture which, unlike classical [information] architecture, is not perfect and finite upon completion... We are looking for an [information] architecture rather like some music and poetry which can actually be changed by the users, an [information] architecture of improvisation."
The next paragraph ends with the question:
"What would an aesthetic based on the inevitability of transience actually look like?"
In my view, this is yet another description of the ancient Japanese philosophy called wabi-sabi
I already used some of that philisophy's ideas in a proposal for a user experience design approach for Web2.0 (in the shape of my poster for Design Engaged
) and this quote gives me confidence that it can also be applied in the fields underlying User Experience
. I guess it is time to re-examine that poster and see how it applies to information architecture.