Developers of digital media require new skills in information design. Information designers developing web sites, software or online system interfaces, games and other digital media often overlook critical steps to ensure the usability of their product. Scenarios and Information Design introduces readers to both the theory and practice of the use of scenarios to create usable information spaces. Through practical applications, such as step-by-step guidelines for scenario development and case studies with analysis tools, the book outlines crucial steps to develop user and use scenarios to achieve competencies for and tools to implement prescribed tasks for user-oriented information design.

Key Features

  • Provides practical applications for theoretical concepts
  • Illustrates concepts with case studies
  • Reinforces content with end of chapter exercises


Information architects, information system designers, web designers and web-based course developers

Table of Contents

Introduction and overview. Part 1 Practical theories: Framework and fundamentals; Organizational cultures: ecological and cognitive approaches; Communicating with stakeholders. Part 2 Theoretical practices: Managing scenario design projects and knowledge; Presentations of ideas; Life cycle of ideas; Documentation and prototyping; Scenarios and information design: a summary.


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© 2006
Chandos Publishing
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About the authors

Mary Rice-Lively

Dr Mary Lynn Rice-Lively is Associate Dean of the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin, USA, and has worked in library and information services for over 25 years.

Hsin-Liang Chen

Dr Hsin-Liang Chen is based at the School of Information, University of Texas at Austin, USA. He teaches courses in multimedia design and human information interaction.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Texas at Austin, USA