Free Library of Philadelphia
Skyline Room
1901 Vine St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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The generous folks at Kite & Key have offered us a special on drinks starting directly after the event. Kite and Key is a block north and east of the Free Library on Callowhill.

1836 Callowhill Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130


09:00 - 04:30
World IA Day 2015 - Philadelphia: Architecting Happiness

When information is clear and considerate of the context in which we need it, there is a certain peaceful joy that washes over us. We feel loved or cared for. We crave the feeling that someone carefully considered our needs and expectations.

Whether it is the details that the chef has provided about the seasonal items on her menu or the interface that allows you to see the real time progress of robots racing on the moon, information holds the power to make us happy, gleeful, joyful, giddy, intrigued, relieved, enthralled and many other potent cocktails of emotions.

Our world is increasingly made of information, yet so much of that information is not as clear or accessible as it could be to those it is intended for. Every organization out there seems to say that they want to make their users happy, but who is really delivering on those promises? Who is really architecting for happiness?

On February 21, 2015 we want to ask the world to help us uncover answers to questions we believe to be critical to the future of how we practice information architecture:

- How can information affect happiness?
- How can we best architect structures for information that promote happiness?
- What work are organizations doing to bridge the gaps we face as we transition from a primarily analog to a primarily digital way of life?

Kel Smith Kel Smith Principal, Author, Speaker
Amy Silvers & Lori Widelitz-Cavalucci Amy Silvers & Lori Widelitz-Cavalucci Information Architect, Product Designer and Unicorn-in-training / Senior User Experience Designer
Kevin M. Hoffman Kevin M. Hoffman Author, Information Architect and Design Strategist
Debra Levin Gelman Debra Levin Gelman Rsearcher, Designer and Strategist
John Ferrara John Ferrara User Experience Designer