Miami, Florida, United States


Join us for a full day event to celebrate WIAD along with 69 other locations across the globe. 

We have a really interesting speaker line up!



Saturday February 20th, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.



School of Communication of the University of Miami

Shoma Hall, School of Communication 

5100 Brunson Drive

Coral Gables, FL 33146




9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. 



9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. 


by Richard Saul Wurman


10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

A Taxonomy of Text Visualization

by Lynn Cherny

Text and data visualization share a long entwined history. They can be understood to play supportive and complementary roles in art, literature, scientific discourse, journalism, and interface design.  Most data visualizations of text end up as word clouds, but we can think much more broadly about the palette of options.  I'll go through a taxonomy of permutations of text appearing in data visualization and visualization appearing in texts, ending on text as object of visualization: the outputs of natural language processing analysis.


11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

LIVE VIDEO FEED from our sister city Tampa

The Maps We Live In

by Andrew Hinton, Information Architect & User-Experience Strategy Consultant​

Like fish who take water for granted, people often overlook how language is a critical part of their infrastructure. We use language to help us make sense of our towns and cities — but it can surprise us just how much the places we live are made of language itself. 

Understanding how language is infrastructure is even more important now, with the explosion of mobile, cross-channel, and blended environments, across entire service experiences and touch points. The language we use as infrastructure is the information we use for architecture.


12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.



1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Relevance is in the Eye of the Beholder: Uncovering Context-Aware Information from Data

by Arturo Castellanos, PhD Candidate | Information Systems

In the course of normal business, organizations generate electronic documentation describing daily operations and transactions. The purpose of this documentation is generally tactical and follows a pre-defined structure guided by the organizational objectives. Data is often stored and organized at the point of capture, and reflects the daily transactions of the organization’s business activities. The biggest challenge is not to collect and store more information, but to utilize it better.

Beyond the tactical purposes it was originally intended for, it may be difficult to adapt these data for decision-making in different contexts. For instance, in healthcare, data may serve multiple purposes and the information needs’ may be very different for each of the stakeholders pulling data from the electronic health record (EHR). For example, an ER physician may require completely different information compared to a cardiologist. In other words, “relevant” is dependent on the persona looking at the information.

Information systems are representations of the world and enable its users to act upon the world. Effective use is objective and focuses on the reward that stem from how the system is used (e.g., effort needed and goal attainment). Tasks performed by individuals are goal-oriented so the question remains, how can we abstract contextual information from both structured and unstructured data? What are the design principles we need to consider in order to achieve this?


2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.


by Juhong Park, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture at University of Miami Coordinator

Information is changing the way people and machines work. Artificial intelligence is substituting human intelligence and robots are replacing human workers. Instead of settling for this competitive relationship between humans and machines,  Dr. Park presents a novel framework in which humans and machines work together to solve the complex problems of design and education, problems that humans or machines alone cannot easily solve. He illustrates how humans and machines improve their learning and as results, increase mutual capabilities.


3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Information Architecture and Lean UX in Company Building

by Joel Mena, Sr Product Architect at Rokk3r Labs

Learn how to leverage information architecture to increase clarity and collaboration in cross-functional teams. In this presentation we’ll also cover some of the best practices used to help startups add value by fostering a culture experimentation and get out of the deliverables phase.


3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

WORKSHOP: What does it mean to be an Information Architect? Working together to define our field

by Andrew Schall, Principal Researcher & Sr. Director at Key Lime Interactive

The industry that Information Architects work in is constantly evolving including job titles, goals, methods, tools, roles, and responsibilities. Those within the field (e.g. researchers, content strategists, interaction designers, etc.) as well as those we work with (e.g. product managers, developers, visual designers, etc.) often struggle to understand and define what we do as a field. Card sorting is a common method to understand how to organize information and is used by many UX researchers. By using a card sorting method we will attempt to identify and categorize all of the various unique and interdependent characteristics of what it means to be an "Information Architect". Please join us for a highly interactive and unique opportunity to work with your peers to help define our field.


4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Information, Engagement and Interaction​

by ​​Mariana Santos, Fusion Director of interactive and animation & Knight chair of Innovation at FIU Online

With new patterns in digital consumption, the way news are presented are forced to be reinvented and interactive forms of storytelling are experimented with the aim to serve information as users want to consume them. it is a trial and error process, a moment of incredible creative freedom where media meets design and technology to create engaging and shareable narratives that resonates with the target audience that comes across our narratives, inviting them to be part of the story, offering a new world of exploration, and inclusiveness. This is Fusion, exploring digital original storytelling.


5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks and giveaways from Tesla Amazing and O'Reilly!



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