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Forward Role Official Partner for World IA Day

Author: Jay Kitchen
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Next week we are delighted to be attending World IA Day on Saturday 18th February at Manchester Metropolitan University. Held at the Business School, the event is shaping up to be a great day for the IA community.

So what is IA?

 To quote Wikipedia, Information architecture (IA) is the structural design of shared information environments; the art and science of organizing and labelling websites, intranets, online communities and software to support usability and findability; and an emerging community of practice focused on bringing principles of design and architecture to the digital landscape. 
Typically, it involves a model or concept of information that is used and applied to activities which require explicit details of complex information systems. These activities include library systems and database development.

Today there is a growing network of active IA specialists who constitute the Information Architecture Institute.

Here at Forward Role it’s a growing community that we are increasingly working with to place the brightest talent in roles at the most forward thinking employers across the North West.

Jointly produced by a network of global, regional and local volunteers with support from the Information Architecture Institute the event is dedicated to the empowerment of local leaders, and it hopes to inspire global growth of IA as a community of practice. Welcoming esteemed speakers to the stage the impressive lineup includes:

  • Stuart Curran - Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks
  • Cyrièle Piancastelli - Senior User Experience Architect at BBC
  • Matt Jukes - Product person at Defra Digital
  • Juls Hollidge - Co-Founder & Director at KoreUK
  • Keynote: Cennydd Bowles - Digital product designer, author of Undercover User Experience Design, formerly of Twitter and Clearleft

As a Partner for the event we will be sending our team to engage with attendees about recruitment in the industry, offering their insight and expertise in an informal networking setting.

Representing the Forward Role team will be Mike & Tom….

Tom Byrne
Tom heads up the UX/UI and Digital Design recruitment here at Forward Role. He specialises in the recruitment of UX/UI Designers, UX Researchers, Digital and Web Designers both on a contract and permanent basis. He has built great partnerships with clients across the North West, from big brand names to niche agencies.
If you wish to speak to Tom ahead of the conference you can contact him on: 07585 221 031 –

Mike Rhodes 
Mike heads up Forward Roles new IT recruitment team and specialises in the placement of IT Developers/Engineers and Testers from junior through to senior level and into managerial and architect positions, operating throughout Greater Manchester and the North West.

If you wish to speak to Mike ahead of the conference you can contact him on: 07789 512 321 –


You can read more about the agenda for the day here. And if you still need to book tickets you can purchase them here.

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