My son's take on Explain IA

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    To “explain IA”, this afternoon I had my 5-year-old son draw me a picture of what he thought IA was and what it is I do for a living.

    Thought everyone would enjoy his take on explaining IA.

    Here's what you'll see on the drawing and his explanations of the drawing in quotes.

    “My Dad's job is an information architect”

    People - "you work with a lot of people Dad". Naturally people are romans, knights and guys with swords.

    Audiences - “here we have a drawing of the orchestra on stage with an audience “the guys at the right are bagpipe players, people will love them”

    Labels - a drawing of a can of "mom soup"

    Navigation - here we have a compass "like Jack Sparrow's" and “pirate ships having a battle”

    Organizing - “I made a site map of super heroes, organized by boy superheroes and girl superheroes with pictures in case people can’t read my writing”

    Finding - “you have to find Waldo in this super big cave”

    Search - “this is a hand holding a magnifying glass, looking at a spider”

    Maps - “cause you sometimes need a map to find things”

    Making things easy - “I decided not to draw anything for this because it was easier”

    and lastly - “It’s fun, see they are smiling”

    I think he has a pretty good grasp of what IA is. Who knows, maybe he’ll be an IA/UX/IxDA/Designer when he grows up.

    NOTE: I only helped with printing out pictures of super heroes and the writing of this summary. I was totally amazed at what he knows about what I do and what things are part of it all. I have a fantastic son!

    1. dennis b 63 months ago | reply

      Awesomeness! I know when I'm beat.

    2. meredi 63 months ago | reply

      This is awesome :) Can't believe how much he understands about what you do!

    3. etiennetaylor 63 months ago | reply

      Sometimes all we have to do is ask and they will tell us. It is amazing what people know especially clever 5 year old people.

    4. jodi_levin 63 months ago | reply

      "Making things easy - “I decided not to draw anything for this because it was easier” -- your son is brilliant!

    5. tomi0001 63 months ago | reply

      Great - I love it :)

    6. xian 63 months ago | reply

      that is extremely cool

    7. tk2262 63 months ago | reply

      That's genious - I haven't even bothered looking at any of the other entries to be honest - that just about sums it up for me lol

    8. benry 62 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone for the kind comments. My son had a blast creating the poster.

    9. Kristopher Hooper 45 months ago | reply

      Very cool, Scott. Looks like a heck of a lot of fun...

    10. bigbadvogel 16 months ago | reply

      Sorry, don't believe it. Doesn't ring true. Nice take on it, but not a 5 year olds

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