History

Liz has held positions as director of experience strategy for AIGA, user experience director for Happy Cog, headed up information architecture teams at Barnes & Noble.com and Razorfish New York. She helped shape editorial processes for Rosenfeld Media. She’s directed product development at both Daylife and Rodale Digital. She has previously had the honor of serving on advisory boards for AIGA/NY, Design Ignites Change, Rosenfeld Media, the Information Architecture Institute, Weeksville Heritage Center, and desigNYC. She was involved with Boxes and Arrows, a magazine for information architects, lastly as editor-in-chief.

Liz has been thesis advisor in the graduate design program at the Rhode Island School of Design, adjunct faculty at the New School University and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and lectured at schools from Columbia University to MICA: Maryland Institute College of Art.

School

Liz got into information architecture by planned coincidence. Planning to be a writer, Liz received a degree in English from Pennsylvania State University, where her interest in design started with writing and designing newsletters in PageMaker. After a brief career as an English teacher, she received a masters in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University — a shared program between the Humanities Department and the Design School. It was at CMU that she discovered information architecture.

Leaving a life of writing user manuals for telephones and washing machines, Liz packed up and moved to New York.

Other

Liz’s apartment contains one cello, one vizsla, one mandolin, one sewing machine, and five pairs of sneakers. She’s often heard promising that she will write a book, become a better photographer, move to California, and learn how to say no.

Liz keeps all of her ideas in Things, until they're ready to be claimed. She writes best before 7AM.



Work

  • W.W.Norton & Company
  • Eye Magazine
  • Theme Magazine
  • Maryland Institute of College Art

About Liz

Danzico is part designer, part educator, and full-time dog owner. She traces the roots of her craft back to her parents. According to Liz, "Growing up at least a little information architect gave me an organizational advantage over my friends.” More