During our first meetings, we had it from Stasa again and again that IA and interaction design, aesthetics, web interface, etc., are independent of one another. I did not believe her and I subsequently had a dreadful time with our last warmup, which called us to wireframe a homepage for our respective sites.
I’m used to designing in static or slowly-changing 3-dimensional space. Think of entities clothes and furniture, which—combined with the shape of body or that of a room—immediately suggest a basic aesthetic. Some things “go,” some things do not “go.” I have no sense of how my astrological data entities“go” in the space of the web-page, which, like a sonnet, has strict boundaries and invites infinite permutations. I mean, I know (again, like a sonnet) my perimeters. I just don’t have a sense of how the entities should fit in the space, how they should cycle through the space, or any underlying sense of an intuitive entity-space relationship at all in this domain. Nor can I intuit a particular or unique look for the site like I do when I style spaces or bodies (and not that you can tell from what I wear to class—other than the fact that both my dog and I are usually monochrome). Totally frustrating.
I wonder whether any UX or UI people in the class get any creative intuition in this domain or if, truly, IA and aesthetics are just fundamentally different.