Journal article

Applications of the Document Towers method of representing document structures

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  • 03.10.2022
Published in:
  • Information Design Journal. - John Benjamins Publishing Company. - 2022, vol. 27, no. 2, p. 144-190
English This article argues in favor of representing the spatial distribution of information within and between documents, by surveying a broad variety of potential applications, including the entire document lifecycle, multiple sensory modalities, and a large spectrum of tasks and users. The theoretical explanations of this richness are a further facet of the article, and can be summarized as follows: (1) insights emerge from focusing on information structure, rather than information meaning; (2) spatializing information creates new information; (3) simplification increases the polyvalence of representation models; (4) introducing mystery in communication channels motivates discovery and diversifies insights; (5) approaching information design as a Gesamtkunstwerk multiplies the applications; (6) information is a manifestation of a link between structures and the actions these enable, while information design is the art and science of creating such links. The argument is developed around the concrete example of a document structure visualization, the Document Towers, which uses the metaphor of architectural models to represent documents.
Faculty
Faculté des sciences et de médecine
Department
Département d'Informatique
Language
  • English
Classification
Computer science and technology
License
CC BY-NC
Open access status
hybrid
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https://folia.unifr.ch/unifr/documents/325921
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