I have a theory, and I wonder if it can be proven. Working as IA, I’ve talked with a lot of people who feel that there are fewer information architects today than there were during the dot com peak. And in terms of visibility outside the field, that perception is quite understandable. Back in 2000 and early 2001, there were scads of design firms and agencies with the budget to prime their publicity pumps. Naturally this benefited the information architects who worked for those companies, who, like their colleagues, received some attention in the industry media. And back in those days there still was budget to attend plenty of conferences. I think that information architects back then were primarily outside consultants.
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