IA Design & Usability: Steven Heitman, Information Architect, User Experience Designer, Project/Product Manager

Information Architect Specialist / User Experience Designer


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User research
Information Architect
User experience design
User experience architect
Interaction design
Navigation systems design
User-centered design
Project/product manager
Technical writer

Steven Heitman, Sr. Information Architect (IA) Specialist, User Experience Designer, Project/Product Manager

Steven Heitman
Information Architect
User Experience Designer

About What I Do—
Human-Computer Interaction

Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Stanford University Program

Let us talk about my expertise and what I do, as it relates to human-computer interaction and extends deep into: user experience design, information architecture, including the various layers of design and application.

We could also talk about it in terms of the elements of user experience design. How it relates to information architecture and human-computer interaction: From the concrete—Web as a software interface—to visual design, interface design, interaction design, functional/technical specifications, user needs, site objectives, and to the task orientation.

Or, from the—Web as a hypertext system—to visual design, navigation design, information architecture, content requirements, user needs, to site objectives—information oriented, from the abstract to the conception (Jesse James Garrett). This video presents some good ideas about human-computer interaction.

What is Information Architecture?

World Information Architecture Day 2014

What I do as an information architect—I take a systematic approach on projects—using The IA Model as a guide, which ultimately results in increasing profit margins. Because it allows for a systematic and planned approach (prior to computer/Web programming), it saves time and money in the long run. Digital design products need usability testing, for user-centered design benefits to users and information architecture improvements to interface designs.

Axure RP for Rapid Prototyping

Using Axure RP without actually coding (what a nice concept for information architects—where the focus should be on usability, interface design, user-centered design, not coding), creating components, prototyping, and diagrams for Websites. It helps to automate the process of creating high-quality IA/UXD documents and for rapid prototyping. One can create prototypes of Websites, wire frames, and apps (Figure 1).

About Axure RP

Axure wire frame mockup
Figure 1

User Research Essential

I work with clients on developing excellent blueprints (conceptual designs promoting user-centered design principles). Doing user research and card sorting helps to establish user-centered design for a Website, including usability testing (Figure 2).

Synopsis of Skills

card sorting helps to establish usability and user-centered design for Websites
Figure 2

Improves Productivity for Users

User-centered design helps users to successfully use online products, when it is applied correctly to improve usability of products. Taking a systematic approach in an agile environment really helps to get the job done right.

Systematic Approach

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Steven Heitman
IA Design & Usability
Information Architect
User Experience Designer
Project Manager