You may have heard already that the information architecture conference — IAC — will now be produced by the IA Institute. We at the IA Foundation couldn’t be happier.

One day we’ll write a book (or two) about the conference saga that we’ve been on over the last couple of years, but for now we’ll just say this: When we formed the IA Foundation, all we wanted was for our beloved IA conference to continue, and for the community that produced it to reap the full rewards of the effort they put into creating it. We reached out to the IA Institute when we had the first inkling that changes were afoot for the IA Summit. Although the timing wasn’t right for the Institute to take over the conference last year, it is the right time now, and it’s what we had hoped for from the beginning. The IAC has now truly found its proper home.

There are a few people who we need to thank. First of all, the chairs of IAC19 — Bibi, Adam, and Amy — have been incredible from the moment we first met with them in Chicago and laid out the plan for the coming year. They have been supportive, professional, and graceful in embracing change this year. They’re going to produce an awesome conference.

Vanessa Foss is the unsung hero of IAC19. There would be no conference next year without her, full stop. She is truly passionate about and committed to the information architecture community, and she’s willing to put her money where her mouth is to ensure that our profession has a place to meet and exchange ideas. Thanks, Vanessa, for your gentle nudges and not-so-gentle whacks upside the head when we needed them.

Finally, we’d like to thank the board of the IA Institute for taking on the responsibility of caring for this great community event. We at the IAF well know both the challenges and rewards of being conference producers. We’d wish you luck, but we know you have the talent and determination to make your own luck.

What’s next for the IAF? Well, our work here is done, really. We’ll be shutting down the organization over the next month and a half, and throwing our support behind the IAI. And we’re making our plans to enjoy IAC19 with all of you in Orlando next March.

Until then, be well, do good work, and be good to each other.

Stuart Maxwell
Coco Chalfant
Nate Davis

Ask Us Anything

As we mentioned in our previous post, we’re holding two Ask-Me-Anything sessions on the IAC Slack workspace. We’ll have IAF and IAC folks standing by during the days and times noted below, and we’re going to do our best to answer all questions that come in to the #askmeanything channel.

Here‘s how to join us live:


  • Friday, August 17
    • 11 am – 1 pm ET / 8 – 10 am PT
    • 3 – 4 pm ET / Noon – 1 pm PT
  • Sunday, August 26
    • 11 am – 1 pm ET / 8 – 10 am PT
    • 3 – 4 pm ET / Noon – 1 pm PT


The IAC Slack workspace, in the #askmeanything channel.
If you don’t already have an account on our Slack workspace, click here to join, or email bibi@theiaconference.com.

Hope to see you there.

Updating our Code of Conduct and reporting procedure

A few weeks ago, we posted a grievance procedure to explain how we would respond to Code of Conduct (CoC) violations at IAF events, including IAC19. On learning of potential violations of the CoC at IAS18, we realized that there was no guidance in the IAS documentation library for how to actually address them. And we realized that there were serious information gaps for victims around how to seek help and what to expect if they made a report. So we researched examples of reporting procedures used by other reputable conferences1For example, CSICOP, TED, Open Source Bridge, and Geek Feminism, iterated on a version with a small (in hindsight, too small) group of editors, had the document reviewed by our lawyer, and posted it.

It didn’t take long to learn that we fell short on empathy by not prioritizing the safety of victims of harassment or abuse. We have the IA community to thank for opening our eyes to that. We will use your feedback to make some necessary improvements.

To that end, we have invited Jeff Pass, Michael Hardy, and Anita Cheng to join our co-chairs in helping us rewrite both the CoC and the reporting procedure to enforce the CoC. We also invite the community at large to email us at info@ias4ias.org with any concerns, recommendations, or comments.

We’ll also take the following series of steps:

  • We will hold AMA (Ask Me Anything) sessions in our IA Conference Slack #askmeanything channel on Friday, August 17th, and Saturday, August 25th, in order to address concerns. Details to be published here and in our social media channels.
  • Once the people collaborating on creating the new documents have agreed, we will have the final revised document reviewed by our lawyer.
  • We will then release the CoC and the reporting procedure under a Creative Commons license and encourage others to add to them and amend them and share back their edits.

We’re targeting mid September to publish the revised CoC documents. We intend that they will be representative of the values this community stands for.

Many of you were passionate enough about this subject to tweet, email us, and write blog posts. We heard you, and we value your feedback. We humbly ask you to continue to help us improve this vital aspect of our conference.

IAF Co-Directors Stuart Maxwell, Nate Davis, and Coco Chalfant

Information about IAC 2019, the information architecture conference

We’re hard at work on next year’s conference. We’ll post more information here soon.

UPDATE: IAC 2019 is happening! Follow this link for all the latest information.

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