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Information Design Theory. Philip Duchastel TeleEducation NB New Brunswick, Canada philip.duchastel@gnb.ca www.duchastel.com/~pcd/ida. IDT. What is Information Design?. In the narrow sense… Crafting web pages & displays Usability – Nielsen www.useit.com

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information design theory

Information Design Theory

Philip Duchastel

TeleEducation NB

New Brunswick, Canada

philip.duchastel@gnb.ca

www.duchastel.com/~pcd/ida

IDT

Information Design Theory

what is information design
What is Information Design?
  • In the narrow sense…
    • Crafting web pages & displays
      • Usability – Nielsen www.useit.com
      • Communicating –Tufte http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/courses
      • Information Mapping – Horne
      • http://www.infomap.com/im_aboutus/method/aboutus_method.htmhttp://www.infomap.com/im_aboutus/method/aboutus_method.htm
  • In the theoretical sense
    • Creating information for knowledge

Information Design Theory

information design

ID?

Information Design
  • The technology for structuringinformation in artefacts

… for availability and optimal usability

  • IDT … theoretical perspective
        • Up from craft and technology
        • Not Shannon’s information theory
        • Communication, cognition...

Information Design Theory

topics of discussion
Topics of Discussion
  • What about traditional ID?
  • What is information?
  • Knowledge and relations
  • E-learning and KM
  • Wildies

Ideas on the edge

Philo

Information Design Theory

instructional design
Instructional Design?

Information Design

Museum

Design

Event

Design

Book

Design

Instructional

Design

Web

Design

Designing information

for optimal learning

Interaction design ?

Information Design Theory

information
Information?

Context

Complexity

Nathan Shedroff

8:15 departure

Einstein as creator of theory of relativity

Theory of evolution

Buddha’s Middle Way

http://www.nathan.com/thoughts/unified/3.html

Information Design Theory

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Yup…
  • "Perhaps we should not worry so much about proper word use, and accept the fact that information has become an all-purpose weasel-word"

- Fritz Machlup

  • IT – mostly DT
  • Artificial and Natural

???

Information Design Theory

aspects of information
Aspects of Information
  • State of mind 14159265
  • In-form …infusion of form
  • Models of change

… activity

  • Condense and abstract

Information Design Theory

relations
Relations
  • Information / Knowledge
    • Knowledge to Knowledge
  • Cognition
    • The falling tree
  • Communication
    • The functional approach
  • Interfacing
    • The steering wheel

Information Design Theory

practical reality
Practical Reality
  • E-Learning
    • Formal to on-demand
      • To learning objects
  • Knowledge Management
    • Access to intellectual assets

Information Design Theory

future reality
Future Reality
  • Digitization of the world
    • Modeling …science as model
    • Matrix …Snow Crash
    • Storage revolution
    • Cognitive processes
  • Knowledge Age

Interacting more with information …than with the world around us?

Information Design Theory

real life
Real Life
  • Music on the fly

…but what is a symphony?

Is a Picasso information?

  • Life as love

… the meaning of life?

  • From cutting trees to advising investors …the knowledge society

Information Design Theory

emerging realms
Emerging Realms
  • Physical …from the Bing Bang
  • Biological …life
  • Mental …consciousness
  • Virtual …augmented realities
  • Informational

…unbounded processing

Universe

Information Design Theory

idt interesting but
IDT - Interesting, but?...
  • Education
    • Bereiter’s knowledge building
  • Public Health
    • Sex education
  • War
    • Goebel’s machine

Information does not replace policy …it informs it

Information Design Theory

where to
Where to?
  • Life as interacting with information
    • Kurzweil’s ‘singularity’
  • Autonomous processing ?!!!
    • Hegel‘s Geist
    • The next lion king?
  • And wisdom?
    • A humanitarian perspective

Progress

Information Design Theory

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IDT
  • Just as we learned how to deal with predators and how to build space ships

…so too we must learn how to build information

  • There is more to the knowledge society than making broadband available to all
  • KnoWCA

IDT

Information Design Theory

a whole world
A whole world…
  • Further personal thoughts
    • Learnability
    • Knowledge Interfacing
    • Virtuality
    • Evolutionary Cognition
  • Thank you for listening

…now for your ideas

Information Design Theory