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Barcamp Singapore 3

Posted in all posts, events, IA, powerpoint, presentation by coleman yee on February 28, 2009

Despite my heavy schedule these few weeks, I had to attend and speak at Barcamp Singapore 3 because it was held at my previous workplace – the Teaching & Learning Centre at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. My presentation was entitled “How to bluff your way through an interview on Information Architecture”, which was really just to introduce what IA is, why it’s important and what kind of value it adds, and a little on how an information architect goes about doing their work. The slides are on slideshare – make sure that you’re viewing the Notes tab below the slides, otherwise it won’t make much sense. Slideshare: How to bluff your way through an interview on Information Architecture Brian Koh liveblogged my session, and had a very nice comment at the end:

That’s it! From the people next to me. “That’s the most educational talk i’ve heard at Barcamp.” “IA is awesome!”

All I hoped for was for more people to know about IA, because I believe it’s important – I never expected anyone to think that IA is awesome. It was also great that quite a number of people came up to me to thank me after the presentation. These were all really nice. Later on towards the evening, I decided to do another presentation, since there was a free slot. It was an old presentation I used to do on the use of Powerpoint, entitled “The Princess, the Witch, and the Powerpoint“. That one never fails to entertain. Updates: Chin Yong has a great summary of my session. He also mentioned:

The presentation style of Coleman was entertaining and educational. I give him a two thumbs up. And of course, he already given himself 2 thumbs up pointing at himself everytime he mention “Good Information Architect”

The pointing at myself part was just me trying to be funny. At sgentrepreneurs, Ian Timothy had some very generous comments:

This was, perhaps, the most educational session I ever experienced at any of such events. Coleman isn’t just knowledgeable, he is charming and a great presenter with the right amount of humor. If there was a way to attach an affiliate link to the polar bear book and for the audience to purchase the book on the spot, Coleman would have cleared a fair amount of commission that day. Yes, he was that good.

Like I said, he was very generous. Just in case you can’t find the notes on slideshare. The notes start from slide 2.

Make sure you view the notes!

Make sure you view the notes!

Just starting my IA presentation – my first slide (photo by sgentrepreneurs):

IA presentation

Me showing a content inventory during the IA presentation (photo by Claudia Lim):

During my IA presentation - showing a content inventory

IA presentation

My audience at my IA presentation (photo by Lagoona Loire):

The people at my IA presentation

 IA presentation audience

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  1. […] Aaron Koh conducted video interviews via Qik, while Brian Koh liveblogged Coleman Yee’s talk on Information Architecture (I heard was damn good!). Being far away from home, these folks offered the cognitive window (or […]

  2. Preetam Rai said, on March 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks for coming over and presenting Coleman. Also for helping out with other sessions.

  3. Natasha said, on March 1, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    It was an excellent talk, with a packed room of people. I have an affection for IA work and enjoyed hearing it so succinctly explained.

  4. Abhishek said, on March 2, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Missed out on the talk, but can catch up here.. and the live blog 🙂

  5. […] Koh live blogged about Coleman Yee’s session on ‘How to bluff your way through Information Architecture’. Great stuff. How to bluff your way through an interview on Information […]

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  7. ssumin said, on March 3, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Thanks for posting on SlideShare! Will look through your IA slides again. I blame it on the lack of caffeine boost for nearly falling asleep. I actually remember your Amazon example quite well (in spite of my decaffeinated state) and how they drive purchases with their recommendations and one-click purchase button, so IA is quite clearly more interesting than I thought.

    Kudos to yet another interesting preso (so far sat through three with varying content and styles) – looking forward to the next one!


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