Information architecture is not dead, it’s just sleeping

"I have been to every IA Summit (the first was in 2000), and I\'m going to this one with more trepidation than any I have been to before. While I don\'t accord with the sensationalist notion that “information architecture is dead,” I do fear that it is in a deep sleep. And I\'m concerned that the leadership within the field of information architecture are doing little to nothing to really advance the field. For me, an acute sign of this, and the particular cause of my trepidation for this summit, was the cancellation of “Learning Interaction Design from Las Vegas” pre-conference session. This was to be given by three leaders in the field of user experience — Steve Portigal, Bill deRouchey, and my colleague at Adaptive Path, Dan Saffer. It was a brilliant concept — using the location of Las Vegas as material for a day-long workshop on user research and interaction design. Sadly, it fell victim to market forces."