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Next Steps In The Conversation

Four years ago, almost to the day, I started my own company on Information Architecture. In building my consultancy, I began to think about how to differentiate myself in the market and how to provide context about this new and emerging discipline to the business community. To this end, I leveraged the medium of podcasting.

After a few shows, I had shared: research on e-learning, cognition, and behavioral psychology; interviewed then IBM’s Mike Moran on SEO; and, had a discussion with Boston-based independent Information Architect, Bob Goodman. I had no way of knowing, at the time, that this medium would allow me the chance to learn from a variety of disciplines and cultures around the world.

For the past three years, I’ve produced podcasts for the peer-written web magazine Boxes and Arrows, focusing most of my efforts in recording and the subsequent publication of nearly every presenter at the IA Summit in Miami (2008), Memphis (2009), and Phoenix (2010).

This work lead to invitations from Adaptive Path to interview presenters at UX Week and MX (an invitation I had to decline this year due to other business obligations); and the IDEA conference in Chicago.

In November of 2009 the creator of Johnny Holland, Jeroen Van Geel asked me to start a podcast series called Radio Johnny. Since its launch I’ve lead several conversations and have had the great fortune to find others like Daniel Szuc, Elizabeth Thapliyal, and Clifton B lead discussions on a variety of topics.

In 2011, I’ll be integrating my blog and my company site announcing new partnerships; highlighting what has been an incredibly successful start to workshops I’m leading with Kristina Mausser on IA, UX, and Writing for the Web; amongst other changes and initiatives that I will share at a later date.

Because of these changes I will no longer be producing the i.a. podcast but will be taking some of the more popular shows I’ve produced and migrating those to Radio Johnny.

I will also not be producing talks from the IA Summit this year, as I have done for the past three years on Boxes and Arrows. The 50-60 shows from recording to publication take 3 months of my time (volunteered) which I simply don’t have in 2011. Instead I will be trying to organize several group conversations which I will produce on Radio Johnny.

I’ve made a commitment to the IA community, recently being elected a member of the Board of Directors for the Information Architecture Institute, to help strengthen their service offerings and forge stronger relationships with other communities like the Interaction Design Association.

I have been truly humbled by the compliments of the design communities and designers around the world for my efforts in this one medium and hope that we continue to share ideas and insights that focus on possibilities and solutions.

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