SIGIA-L Mail Archives: Re: [Sigia-l] RE: what would prophyry do
Re: [Sigia-l] RE: what would prophyry do? (was apple and pears)
From: Jeffrey Fisher (jfisher_at_igc.org)
Date: Wed Mar 19 2003 - 12:51:22 EST
On Wed, 19 Mar 2003 09:19:11 -0800, Peter Merholz wrote:
> as the
> field matures, it becomes clear that those graphically-oriented beginnings
> are not well-suited to the direction that IA is taking, which involves
> understanding and portraying relationships within complex information spaces
> that simply goes beyond what can portrayed in a pretty diagram.
this seems to me the most interesting and important point
in the conversation, thus far, not because it disses the
graphically-oriented beginnings, but because it speaks to
the evolution of interaction and communication and to the
challenges of adapting (so to speak) to the changes in the
local ecology. your statement here begs three questions
(which, btw, i see as a virtue rather than as a failing):
1) what are those "complex information spaces"? what types
are there, how do they relate to each other, where do they
live, what do they eat?
2) what kinds of interactions take place within those
spaces? the answer to this question will also presumably
feed back into #1, at least in initial conception.
3) how exactly do we portray those relationships
effectively? what are the skill sets involved,
dependencies, hooks into other disciplines or production
teams, means and methods of representation, tools for
building/presenting/executing -- besides being clever,
i imagine you have some pretty clear ideas on all three
topics. i, for one, would be interested in hearing them.
being as i'm new to the list, i'm happy to be referred to
archives for elaboration (for anyone's perspective on
this), or to some book or article i ought to have read but
haven't because i'm busy, lazy, *and* dilettory (sometimes
in turn, sometimes all at once).
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