Oz-IA 2010, Sydney Australia

Date & time

Oz-IA 2010
8:00am - 5:30pm
Fri 8th & Sat 9th
October 2010 at the Menzies Hotel, Sydney NSW 2000


Menzies Hotel
14 Carrington Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia

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Information Architecture Analytics

Short Session, presented by Samantha Starmer.

Do analytics and anything with numbers and spreadsheets scare you? Me too! But the best IA and user experience comes from data driven decisions.

Learn tips and tips for user focused decision making for non-quant freaks in this audience participitory session. We will cover action driven examples you can take back tomorrow to your own organization.

Samantha Starmer

Samantha StarmerOver the last 12 years, Samantha Starmer has worked on a wide variety of user experience and information architecture projects and strategy while at Amazon.com, SchemaLogic and Microsoft. She is currently a senior manager at REI.com, where she is creating and leading new teams for user experience and information management, and incubating work around multi-channel customer experience. Samantha also teaches information architecture at the University of Washington’s Information School.

You can find Samantha on Twitter as @samanthastarmer.

Some Q&A with Samantha

What have you been working on lately?
I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the holistic customer experience – or how to design the best possible experience across channels and touchpoints so that people can complete their goals in streamlined, engaging and satisfying ways. The rise of the iPhone and now the iPad obviously changes how we think about websites, but I think that the ubiquity and growth of this kind of technology also means we have to start thinking of unified experiences across the physical and digital. Because I work at a company that has had a very strong physical presence for over 50 years, I am lucky have the opportunity to actively contribute to improving those unified experiences.
What has been the biggest change with what you do in the past 5 years?
The bulk of my time these days is spent evangelizing and socializing efforts to improve customer experience, vs. being the one designing those improvements. I’m fortunate to have awesome teams doing information architecture, user experience, interaction design, experience research and analytics, and they do the heavy lifting on creating great experiences. I try to clear brush away so that they can do that work and have it make a positive impact. I try to get tangible support via things like money and headcount, and less tangible support via building relationships and always finding better ways to communicate the value of customer experience. Sometimes it’s hard not being as involved with the day-to-day designing and problem solving, but I try to focus my efforts on empowering my team and getting myself and any roadblocks out of the way.
What project that you were involved with are you most proud of?
Wow, that is a tough question because there is probably one at each job I’ve been in, and they are all very different. I guess most recently I would have to say the creation and growth of a team and discipline focused on improving user’s experiences. We always did great work thinking about the customer and trying to design with them in mind, but in the last year, we have made incredible progress in prioritizing resources, budget, and projects that directly benefit a holistic customer experience. Being able to build on work that many other people had done before me to evangelize for the customer and feel like we are truly making a difference is incredibly rewarding.
What do you think will be the next big thing?
There are so many ‘next big things’ happening in the technology space these days that I think the next big thing our field needs to think about is how to tie it all together. It isn’t enough any more to design a good website – we have to think about how people hear about our website, get to the website, whether they tell their friends and family, how they interact with our brand/company in ways other than the website. The gap between physical and digital is becoming blurred; as devices integrate with each other and the real world, we must design for this integration and blurring. I think of this as ‘designing for the space between’ – i.e. designing the space between touchpoints, devices and channels, in order to create the most compelling and satisfying experience.
David says the next big challenge we‘ll face is “a radical overhaul of information design processes that will affect how UX IA and ID professionals work in an environment that demands sustainability and measurable outcomes“. Do you agree, and what are you doing about this?
In my experience, there often aren‘t enough information design processes in place to necessarily need an overhaul; instead, any emerging processes will require consideration of sustainability and data driven measurement/decision making. But maybe I‘ve worked at places low on the information maturity curve.

Do you have any questions for Samantha or any of our other speakers?