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Book plug 2: Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 2nd Edition Posted on 09/26/2002.

It's pretty much a given that anyone who calls themselves an "information architect" will buy Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 2nd edition. However, job titles shouldn't limit its audience--*anyone* involved in web site development ought to read this book. (And by anyone I mean business strategists, creative directors, graphic designers, web developers, programmers, project managers, merchants, etc. etc.)

I had the fortune of being a "technical editor" for the book, meaning I got to be PAID for being a nitpicky so-and-so, and tell Peter and Lou every time they were wrong. I was struck by how much the book had evolved since the first edition, which, while useful, never resonated with me. This one speaks the truth about practicing information architecture, and is surprisingly broad *and* deep. Chapter 17, "Making the Case for Information Architecture," might be worth the book's price alone--it's a smart, thoughtful explanation of how to communicate the value of IA, going beyond simplistic ROI arguments, and providing relevant support.

Anyway, 'nuff sed. If you're working on the web, buy this book.

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