The Information Architecture Institute
A conference on designing
complex information spaces of all kinds.
New York City, October 4 and 5, 2007

Confirmed Speakers

Rachel Abrams
Turnstone Consulting
Rachel Abrams is a writer and designer. As creative director of Turnstone Consulting in New York, she tells stories for and about places and spaces. Designing people-friendly, technology-mediated experiences in this collaborative practice, she deals in widespread content: Words that illustrate and pictures that explain. For some clients, that means communications strategy and copywriting, for others, interaction design and consulting.

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Jake Barton
Local Projects
Jake is principal of Local Projects, LLC, a design firm that creates media installations for museums and public spaces. Local Projects recent work includes Interaction Design for StoryCorps at Grand Central Terminal and Ground Zero, "Timescapes" the new three-screen introductory theater for the Museum of the City of New York, and the jetBlue StoryBooth at Rockefeller Center. He is a 2006 finalist for the National Design Award for Communications from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum, and he has two gold,one silver and one bronze medals from IDSA.

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Hasan Elahi
Hasan Elahi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines issues of surveillance, simulated time, transport systems, borders and frontiers. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Venice Biennale; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Kulturbahnhof, Kassel, Germany; The Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia; and The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York. Elahi recently was invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern in London, Pop!Tech, and at at the American Association of Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University.

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Sylvia Harris
Information Design Strategist
Sylvia Harris is New York City's "Public Designer". She has devoted twenty-five years to the design and management of public-interest communications.

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David Rose
Ambient Devices
David Rose is a technology visionary and serial entrepreneur. At Ambient Devices he is pioneering the new consumer category of glanceable technology: embedding Internet information in everyday objects (lamps, mirrors, watches and wearables) to make the physical environment an interface to digital information.

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Kevin Slavin
Kevin Slavin is the Managing Director and co-Founder of area/code. He has worked in corporate communications for technology-based clients for 13 years, including IBM, Compaq, Dell, TiVo, Time/Warner Cable, Microsoft, Wild Tangent and Qwest Wireless.

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Fernanda Viegas & Martin Wattenberg
Many Eyes
Fernanda Viégas is a research scientist in IBM's Visual Communication Lab where her work focuses on social and collaborative aspects of data visualization. Previous projects explored e-mail archives, newsgroup conversations, chat-room interactions, and the editing history of wiki pages. Her visualization-based artwork has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. Viégas holds a Ph.D. from MIT in Media Arts and Sciences.

Martin Wattenberg, is a research scientist in IBM's Visual Communication Lab, focuses on information visualization and its application to collaborative computing, journalism, and art. Wattenberg's visualization artwork has been exhibited in venues ranging from Ars Electronica to the Whitney Museum of American Art. Wattenberg holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from U.C. Berkeley.

David Weinberger
Everything is Miscellaneous
The Wall Street Journal called him a "marketing guru." He's the co-author of the The Cluetrain Manifesto, the bestseller that cut through the hype and told business what the Web was really about. He's been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He's written for the "Fortune 500" of business and tech journals, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Guardian, and Wired.

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Michael Wesch
The Machine is Us/ing Us
Wesch graduated summa cum laude from the Kansas State University Anthropology Program in 1997 and returned as a faculty member in 2004 after graduate studies at the University of Virginia. There he pursued research on social and cultural change in Melanesia, living in the Mountain Ok region of Papua New Guinea for a total of 18 months from 1999-2003. Wesch has received numerous grants and fellowships for his research, including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, Explorer's Club Grant, and a Fulbright-Hays International Dissertation Research Fellowship.

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Alex Wright (Photo by Tim Gasperak)
Alex Wright is a writer and information architect who currently works for the New York Times. His first book, Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages, was released in 2007 by Joseph Henry Press.

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Conference Program

IDEA 2007 is a single-track event taking place over 2 days.

Thursday, October 4
9:00amIntroduction to the conference
9:30amMichael Wesch
10:15amAlex Wright
11:30amSylvia Harris
1:30pmRachel Abrams
2:15pmKevin Slavin
3:30pmStudent Work
4:15pmHasan Elahi, Tracking Transience
Friday, October 5
8:00amBreakfast BOFs
9:00amIntroduction to Day 2
9:30am19 Cities, 20 Million People, 21st Century, Radical Media
10:15amJake Barton
11:30pmNew York City's 311 - Chenda Fruchter
1:30pmSession TBD
2:15pmFernanda Viegas & Martin Wattenberg
3:30pmDavid Rose
4:15pmDavid Weinberger