IA as Conversation

In the past I've wondered about how taxonomies become navigation and did the taxonomy dance to match the bottom-up to the top-down, and now I wonder if this whole way of thinking about information architecture is flawed. Maybe the bottom-up of organizing information can never match the top-down of the user's goals because we're thinking about it wrong. Here's my line of reasoning:

How might this translate to designing information architecture? The design of social software comes immediately to mind. But I think this can have implications for good old navigation too.

Sunday, November 30, 2003 | Permalink | Filed in Web Navigation


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