Part 2. Writing – Information Architecture Bottom-up

Adopting a bottom-up information architecture is not just about changing how content is organized, it also means significant changes in how content is written. In fact, our traditional ways of writing have been strongly tied to the top-down organization of content. In the top-down world, a common technique was to plan a table of contents and then write content to fit into that TOC. The author is very deliberately creating what they consider to be the optimal curriculum for the reader. In a media like paper, where moving from one piece of information to another was expensive, constructing this recommended reading order made sense. In a world in which search and links make moving trivially easy, however, readers are much more likely to construct their own curriculum based on their individual backgrounds and their immediate task concerns. Continue reading “Part 2. Writing – Information Architecture Bottom-up”