Speaker David Walczyk
Dr. David Walczyk is Assistant Professor @ Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) where he introduced design-thinking and design methods into the curriculum. His work emphasizes the embodied nature of information, the shift from linear to systems (ecological) thinking, and the role of information in psychological sustainability ...
Dr. David Walczyk is Assistant Professor @ Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) where he introduced design-thinking and design methods into the curriculum. His work emphasizes the embodied nature of information, the shift from linear to systems (ecological) thinking, and the role of information in psychological sustainability as a prerequisite to environmental sustainability.
David completed his doctorate in media ecology and interaction design at Columbia University. He was a visiting scholar at the Library of Congress, a brand strategist on Madison Avenue, an information architect on Silicon Alley, a designer at General Electric Research and Development, and a Fellow at the United States National Academy of Sciences where he helped to create the interdisciplinary field of information technology and creative practices. David has presented his ideas and designs around the world and is published in a variety of professional and peer-reviewed publications.
As media change, information changes, and so must the people working with it. Information architecture (IA), and by extension interaction design (IxD), are the foundations of librarianship. This has always been so. Understanding new mediums of communication and their advantage and disadvantages for encapsulating information has always been a primary responsibility of information professionals. Using a case study methodology, this workshop will introduce participants to the field of IA/IxD. We will begin by reviewing the perceptual model necessary for thinking and working with IA/IxD. We will then apply this model to the process of IA/IxD by reviewing a case study from start to finish. We will conclude with an in-class exercise that tests our understanding of the perceptual model and our capacity to employ it.
Who should attend:
This workshop is intended for innovative professionals at any level. Whether you aspire to IA/IxD, or anticipate hiring IA/IxD employees or consultants, this workshop will provide participants with a solid foundation for understanding, and working with the relationship between, information and its mediation using digital technologies.
By the end of this program, participants will:
- Have developed the core leadership skills necessary for working with IA’s/IxD consultants and employees
- Have learned the perceptual model required for understanding and working with IA/IxD
- Know the core language used within IA/IxD
- Become familiar with the framework for doing IA/IxD