Information Architecture: Moving Beyond the Template

APA Illinois Chapter


Thursday, September 14, 2017
10:45 a.m. - noon CDT

CM | 1.25

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Calling all left and right brain thinkers! Whether you’re a private consultant, public planner, formatting a proposal, generating a zoning guide or creating a developer checklist, we are all familiar with the “Wonderful World of Word” i.e. Microsoft Word and its varying design templates. Blue hues, varying shades of cyan, 20% green, shape diagrams and, dare we say, word art… (insert record scratch here). While all of these design elements may have their time and place, what if we thought about conveying information more thoughtfully?  As pieces to a story rather than linear line items in a chart? How can we re-tool our thinking and design “norms” to better connect, communicate and create?

This session will bring participants on an exploratory journey through information architecture (IA) – what it is and why it’s due time that we as planners take note. Information Architecture (IA) isn’t just glitz -- it's about connecting people to the content their looking for. Listen to three panelists, from the public and private realm, showcase the dos and don’ts of design, the science of data visualization, importance of audience recognition and real-time case studies of successful IA in action!


Michael Blue, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

Michael Blue, FAICP is a Principal Consultant at Teska Associates in Evanston IL. His work includes preparing comprehensive and neighborhood plans, strategic plans, and zoning regulations; conducting staff training; and performing development approval process audits. Previously worked as Community Development Director for Highland Park, IL (11 years) and Deputy CD ... Read More

Jeff Brady, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Director of Planning Village of Glenview Michigan State University Read More

Erin Cigliano, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Strategic planner and multidisciplinary designer with an eye for innovation and pixel perfection. Erin creatively engages communities using her experience in planning, marketing and interactive design. Her abilities span from information design and data visualization to outreach and facilitation. By merging the application of engagement mediums with creative thinking, Erin ... Read More

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