Daniel M. Brown


Dan Brown started writing about deliverables and documentation after presenting a poster on wireframes at the IA Summit. His work on the web started in 1994 and he discovered information architecture in 1997. Since then, Dan has consulted on projects for both federal and Fortune 500 clients, including the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Postal Service, the Transportation Security Administration, US Airways, Fannie Mae, First USA, British Telecom, Special Olympics, AOL, and the World Bank.

Dan speaks and writes extensively on user experience design, information architecture, usability, and content management. His writing has appeared in Boxes and Arrows, UX Matters, CHI Bulletin, and Interactive Television Today. He has taught at American University, Georgetown, and Duke. He is very active in the local Washington D.C., information architecture community, organizing regular workshops and bimonthly reading groups. Dan is well respected in the user experience community for his ability to communicate complex ideas and create compelling deliverables. His Visio "skillz" are feared and admired worldwide.

In 2002, Dan collaborated with information architects around the world to establish the Information Architecture Institute, the first professional organization dedicated to the craft. He was nominated to the Institute's board of directors in 2005 and served on its advisory board.

When not thinking about information architecture, design, or content management, Dan likes cooking for his family, making lattes, picking mandolin, reading comics, playing video games, and adding to his extensive Lego collection. Dan lives in Bethesda, Maryland, in a newly renovated 1922 bungalow with his wife and many, many pets. He is eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first child.

Books from Daniel

[Book Cover] Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning
Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning (Author)
From New Riders Press, released September 16th, 2006
Most discussion about Web design seems to focus on the creative process, yet turning concept into reality requires a strong set of deliverables—the documentation (concept model, site maps, usability reports, and more) that serves as the primary communication too...