Agnew Moyer Smith (AMS)is a Pittsburg firm that specializes in information architecture. If this is a new term to you, here’s the description posted on their website:
Information architects fashion raw information into structures that reveal relationships, provide visual models, express user scenarios and processes and, in general, make the act of understanding an engaging, compelling, pleasant, and rewarding experience. Like traditional architects, information architects are simultaneously concerned with the overall design and with the details of the individual elements used to compose the whole. They design micro-information environments such as matrices, graphs, and diagrams, and weave them into macro-information environments, such as books, magazines, brochures, catalogs, and Websites.
Jerry McNellis told us about a practice of theirs we thought was intriguing and could be used or adapted by any organization. They have a space where they put representations of on-going projects. This could be a layout, a poster, or just a project box inviting people to throw in ideas, artifacts, pictures or anything else that might relate to the project. People are invited to view, think about and contribute ideas and suggestions that are prompted by the displays. They call it their "drive-by space."
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: This great practice prompts this question: How do you invite ideas and feedback? Please share your ideas or experiences in the comments section below.
The AMS site has two very interesting articles.