Architecting Happiness

When information is clear and considerate of the context in which we need it, there is a certain peaceful joy that washes over us. We feel loved or cared for. We crave the feeling that someone carefully considered our needs and expectations.

Whether it is the details that the chef has provided about the seasonal items on her menu or the interface that allows you to see the real time progress of robots racing on the moon, information holds the power to make us happy, gleeful, joyful, giddy, intrigued, relieved, enthralled and many other potent cocktails of emotions.

Our world is increasingly made of information, yet so much of that information is not as clear or accessible as it could be to those it is intended for. Every organization out there seems to say that they want to make their users happy, but who is really delivering on those promises? Who is really architecting for happiness?

On February 21, 2015 we want to ask the world to help us uncover answers to questions we believe to be critical to the future of how we practice information architecture:

  • How can information affect happiness?
  • How can we best architect structures for information that promote
  • happiness?
  • What work are organizations doing to bridge the gaps we face as we transition from a primarily analog to a primarily digital way of life?

Hosted at Sapient: 1515 N Courthouse Road, 4th Floor, Arlington, VA 22201

We are located two blocks from the Courthouse Metro Station on the Orange Line.


9:00 - 9:30
Introductions and Welcome

09:30 - 10:45
Opening Keynote

11:00 - 12:00

1:15 - 2:15
Panel Discussion: Quantifying Happiness

2:30 - 4:00

4:15 - 5:15
Lightning Talks

5:15 - 5:30
Closing Remarks and Raffle

5:30 - 6:30
Happy Hour

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