In my opinion, information architecture is one of the more underrated aspects of digital design. The Information Architecture Institute's World Information Architecture Day is a great way to help grow awareness and appreciation for this essential discipline. I wanted to be a part of the celebration, and when I learned that it had never been done in Mumbai before, I decided to organize Mumbai's first event myself. I partnered with the Indian School of Design & Innovation Parsons to host and sponsor the event. On a cloudy Saturday morning, more than 20 people came out to learn and practice IA for the first time.
I found a great speaker from Human Factors International to give a presentation about the theory and importance of information architecture. Aashish Majumdar had attended India's most prestigious design school and worked as a trainer for professional designers.
I led a three-part activity. First, groups brainstormed smartcar features. Then they borrowed a "user" from another group to organize these features into logical groups (card-sorting). Finally, they borrowed a second "user" to navigate their information architecture, and uncover any issues with the design.