The workshop format
This event is not an instructor-led course. Rather, the event organizers intend to attract about 10 people to spend a day exchanging their knowledge of the workshop topic. The workshop consists of structured activities and discussions devised and facilitated by the workshop leader. This event format is the same as workshops held at conferences such as the annual conferences of the Usability Professionals Association (UPA) and others. Workshop topic
This workshop examines the design of web site organization and information architecture with a focus on user experience and usability considerations. Workshop activities will consist largely of analyzing and critiquing existing sites, discussing underlying design principles and guidelines, and completing design exercises and critiquing the results. The workshop will be divided into segments to focus on specific discussion topics, such as the following:
As workshop leader, Keith Instone is responsible for preparing the structured workshop activities and ensuring a productive workshop discussion. Keith Instone is the information architecture lead and IA team lead for the ibm.com site. This site is one of the largest sites on the Web and is often cited as exemplary. In a prior position as usability specialist at Argus Associates, he helped define the field of information architecture as a merger of UCD and library science practices. He was also an early advocate of web usability, building UsableWeb.com. Keith has a long track record of organizing workshops, professional service, and speaking engagements. Recent speaking engagements related to the workshop topic include serving as a panelist for "The State of Web Site User Experience in 2007" at Internet User Experience 2007 and for "Setting the IA research agenda" at the IA Summit in 2006.
Date: June 23rd, 2008 Duration: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Networking lunch is included. Location: Downtown Toronto (Yonge & Bloor)Cost: $300 (ToRCHI members); $320 (Non-ToRCHI member fee which includes one year membership) .
Call for participation
If you're interested, email email@example.com to request further information about the event and how to register. Space is limited; as of late May, most of the spaces have been filled.