World Information Architecture Day 2019 - Des Moines

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Drake University Meredith Hall

2805 University Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50311

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About World IA Day

World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual celebration hosted by the Information Architecture Institute and held in dozens of locations across the globe. Our celebration in Des Moines will be the 6th World IA Day held here.

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We are a community of like-minded professionals and enthusiasts who share the common goal of practicing, learning, teaching, and shaping the future of information architecture and user experience. We share our thoughts, ideas, and work within an open and welcoming environment. Everyone is welcome and our celebrations are always accessible to all.

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World IA Day is a free event thanks to the generous support of several sponsors. We truly appreciate their support.

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There is a mix of presentations and workshops on topics drawing from the worlds of information architecture, user experience design, product strategy, marketing, and more. We'll start the event with a keynote from Cyndi Wiley, and from there, you can choose sessions throughout the day.


The doors open at 8:30 am for registration & coffee and we'll start promptly at 9:30 am. Here is the schedule for the day:

8:30 am to 9:30 am - Registration & Coffee

9:30 am to 9:45 am - Event Kick-off

9:45 am to 10:15 am - Keynote

Becoming a digital a11y: The who, what, where, when, why and how
- Cyndi Wiley

10:30 am to 11:15 am - Breakout Sessions

User Engagement: It's Not a "One Size Fits All" Proposal - Howard Tempero
Where Are They? What to do when your users are hard to find - Ellen Butler
Design Models - Kurt Vander Viel

11:30 am to 12:15 pm - Breakout Sessions

Improving search as part of your customer experience - Keith Kmett
99 UX Lessons - Rachel McClung
Whiteboard Tips and Tricks - Valerie Downs

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm - Lunch

1:15 pm to 2:00 pm - Breakout Sessions

Integrating UX into an Agile SDLC - Jennifer Gracey
The Interface Without a Face: API Products and the Role of UX - Tom Lindsley
Taking the 'Me' Out of Taxonomies - Carolyn Herman

2:15 pm to 3:00 pm - Breakout Sessions

Research and Empathy to Design for Meaningful Differences - Matt Arnold
User Storymapping: Building Shared Understanding - Edward Cupps

3:10 pm to 3:30 pm - Closing & Raffle

Food & Coffee

Complimentary lunch and coffee will be provided for all who attend. We'll be having lunch boxes with a meat, veggie, or salad option. If you have any dietary restrictions or needs, please contact us and we'll do our best to assist.

Venue & Parking

World IA Day Des Moines will be held at Meredith Hall at Drake University. It is accessible within the city by car or public transit (several DART Local Routes stop immediately near the venue), and is a short hop off of Interstate 235. We have several parking spots reserved for the event.

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2805 University Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50311

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