Media praise for Information Architecture for the World Wide Web
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"If I only had one book in my company's library it would be Lou Rosenfeld and Peter Morville's 'Information Architecture and the World Wide Web.'"
"Any informed lay reader with an interest in the search process or information architecture should find the content interesting and informative...A feature of the book that impressed me is the care taken to explain terms and concepts. Readers don't need a degree in computer science to appreciate IA and this title does not assume any special background...If you are thinking of an IA career, this book is the best introduction I have seen."
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--Martin White, E Content, July 2004
"['Information Artchitecture for the World Wide Web'] is a reflection on the maturation of the profession as a whole, and of the self-examination and self-determination of information architects, as it has unfolded in the discussion groups, literature, journals, and professional meeting over the last four years...Rosenfeld and Morville elucidate the theoretical underpinnings of information architecture in order to extend that practice across a variety of settings and technological developments...[The authors] take a long-term view of information architecture, discussing it as an ongoing practice rather than a one-time project, emphasizing the value of iterative design, teamwork, and education...They discuss how to decide what needs to be done, how to do what needs doing, and what others have done."
--Lynn Boyden, The Library Quarterly, Vol. 73:3, July 2003
"'Information Architecture for the World Wide Web' explores site organization, labeling, navigation, searching, and metadata. While most books stop after discussion of the concepts in completing the tasks of the book, this book goes a step further to discuss the ideology in practice...one of the best written discussions of information architecture in today?s age."
--Wayne Graham, Williamsburg Macromedia User Group, May 13, 2003
"Full of essential information, this is a book that should be required reading for anyone working with any web technologies."
--PC Plus, Jan 2003
"When the first edition of this book was published it was an eye-opener for the web design community...this updated and expanded volume, almost doubled in size from the first, remains a mainstay...the writing is energetic and clear; the chapters are broken up into easily understood sections. Anyone involved in the creation of a web site, from programmer to graphic artist to manager, novice to seasoned professional, will benefit from this authoritative and updated work."
--S.G. Almquist, CHOICE, Feb 2003
"An important text for novice designers and a valuable resource for the experienced designer."--Major Kearny, PC Update, Dec 2002
"I'm confident that this book can teach almost anyone the beginnings of what they need to know about how to define a web site's structure to facilitate information retrieval. Or, to cut the jargon, to make a web site work."--James McNally, Digital Web
"This book's one true mission is to walkthrough the framework (of a web site) in a clear and concise manner, explaining every term and phrase as it goes. Not only does it accomplish this marvelously, but I can find no other book on the topic that comes anywhere close to reaching this level of quality."
--Emmett Dulaney, Unixreview.com, December 11, 2002
"If you're going to be designing the back end data structures for a web application, this book should be at the top of your reading list...full of essential information, this is a book that should be required reading for anyone working with any web technologies at all."
--Simon Bisson, PC Plus, January 2003
"My next project involves building a community for content contributors across the United States, any of whom can submit an article and suggest their own subject. Faced with that challenge, I cannot think of a better book than 'Information Architecture for the World Wide Web' to take along for the journey."
--Marc A. Garrett, since1968.com, October 2002
"It's been well worth the wait! This much expanded second version provides a holistic perspective on information architecture - something that wasn't possible earlier on when the concept was just beginning to be raised in the web space. It will be the starting place and the core reference resource for practicing and future information architects, as well as their managers. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to make their ideas become real,and most importantly, of value to their end-user community."
--Mary Lee Kennedy, Microsoft
"In the first edition, Lou and Peter examined the emergence of a new species of technical professional --the IA. In this second edition, they expose the complex electronic ecosystem in which IA now exist. With wit, wisdom, and a pinch of whimsy, they give you what you need to be or work with an architect of the wired world."
--Bob Boiko, Lecturer, University of Washington iSchool & President, Metatorial Services Inc
"What's big and throbbing? Your headache. It's caused by the uncontrollable flood of web pages that you have to deal with, day after day. The pain you feel is the result of a web site that lacks structure and is getting more and more out of control. You want relief? The 2nd Edition of 'Information Architecture for the World Wide Web' is the cure."
--John S. Rhodes,WebWord.com -- Industrial Strength Usability
"If you are developing large-scale Web sites with a complex information architecture,this book will explain everything you need. Rosenfeld and Morville define the art and science of information architecture. This book is beneficial for both the novice or the experienced professional. Once again, Rosenfeld and Morville have written the Bible of information architecture. This book should be on every Web developer's bookshelf."
--Cameron Barrett,Design Technologist, camworld.com
"Clearly written, a powerful use of simple metaphors to make complex points. Restores information management to its rightful place in management thinking."
--Dave Snowden, Director of the Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity IBM Global Services
"Perhaps the only good thing about the dot.com bust is that it finally gave Lou [Rosenfeld] and Peter [Morville] time to finish their long awaited second edition of THE best book on Web design. As a reward for our patience, they've added tons of things they've learned in the intervening years, expanding it into the definitive book on Information Architecture. If you build Web sites, you need a copy on your bookshelf."
--Steve Krug,Author of Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Review From Previous Edition:
"an important text for novice designers and a valuable resource for the experienced designer--This was probably the first text that addressed the subject and is still amongst the best of the literature. It is essential reading for anyone who wants to design a web or intranet site that is easy to manage and expand."
--Major Keary, Book News Feb 2002
"How do you create a Website that is easy to use?...For this library, the answer that worked was found in Louis Rosenfeld and Peter Morville's 1998 book. 'Information Architecture for the World Wide Web.' Rosenfeld and Morville's approach to information architecture enabled the library to make the Web site easier for visitors to use by demonstrating how to think of web pages as a web site...The discovery of 'Information Architecture for the World Wide Web' by Rosenfeld and Morville provided the necessary key to put the pieces together."
--Troy A. Swanson, Internet Reference Services Quarterly, Winter 2001
"The world will be a better place when web designers read this book. It's smart, funny, and artfully distills years of the authors' hard-won experience. Information Architecture is unlike any other book on web design I know in that it tackles political/organizational challenges as well as content, structure and user interface. This is not design-lite, but a deep treatment of fundamental issues of information presentation that advances the state of the art. Light years ahead of the competition."
--Bonnie Nardi, co-author of Information Ecologies: Using Technology with Heart, MIT Press, 1999.