Freelance Information Architect

Location: Calgary, Alberta
Relocation: No - not for this opportunity

Description

The Information Architect plays an integral role in the development of our clients' web sites.  Working closely with all in-house teams involved in the Web development process, the Information Architect will contribute to the planning process of various Web sites by organizing information, developing Web site architectures, and developing labeling/search systems.  This is a freelance assignment and may work remotely from other locations with our team in Calgary.

Responsibilities:

  • Reviewing research on competitive Web sites, existing Web initiatives, past Web projects and consumer research
  • Synthesize research findings to aid the project team developing the Web site architecture?Collaborating with project team members and clients to develop organizational/structural concepts for Web site projects
  • Translating concepts into effective information architectures
  • Developing plans that production teams can use to help guide their work
  • Collaborating on the development of labeling/search systems
  • Preparing IA documentation (site architectures, wire frames, use cases and task flows, etc.) to be used by the production team
  • Ensuring IA documentation is continuously updated and distributed to the production team
  • Identifying and implementing opportunities to refine IA process

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • Minimum 2 years' related industry experience in new media, information technology, communications, or library/information science
  • Minimum 1 year experience in the role of information architect, user experience lead or information design lead
  • Effective communication skills, both orally and in a variety of written and diagrammatic forms
  • Proven understanding of and experience with: user-centered design techniques; development of organizational/structural concepts for Web site; project processes for the development of large scale Web site projects; documentation requirements for Web development teams; application of content management, personalization, targeting and searching systems
  • Experience with: software development process/business analysis; user research, usability practices and testing preferred




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