From Information Architect to Head of Product: A Journey through Multiple Gateways

Mar 17

In 2002 I passed through a gate labeled “Information Architect” (a smaller sign read “now leaving Content Strategist”) and ever since the IA worldview has informed my approach to the design and building of digital spaces. Since then I passed through additional gates with names such as “Interaction Designer” and “Pattern Detective,” and “Design Manager” among others, most recently a gateway called “Head of Product.”

The journey has (in retrospect) been a quest to understand and build meaningful online spaces, leading up to a startup trying to scale compassion globally.

In this talk I will share how the skills I learned as an IA have helped me on this career journey and through this series of gates in search of meaning.

Past speaking engagements

Enterprise Team Journey: You’re part of a cross-functional team dedicated to creating an amazing product experience. You play a vital role in the life of that team, contributing research, content, strategy, interface design, interaction design, product management, or marketing. You’re an essential piece of a larger puzzle. But how does your piece mesh with all the others? [+]

From Information Architect to Head of Product: A Journey through Multiple Gateways (The IA Conference, Orlando)

In this talk I will share how the skills I learned as an IA have helped me on this career journey and through this series of gates in search of meaning. [+]

Christian will be teaching a workshop at the IA Conference in Orlando for product-curious information architects and UX practitioners. [+]

Christian is hosting Jim Kalbach, who will speak and present on design and jazz improvisation. Stay tuned for news of possible live music as part of the program…

Christian will be chairing a panel at the conference called “‘When Your Dreams Come True’:
History, Memoirs, and the Literary Grateful Dead.” [+]