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Information design
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Information design

Information design is the soft technology of structuring information so as to be most learnable or useful. While it has been practiced informally ever since the first book was written (and even before), it is a modern term that became popular with the advent of the web.

Its goal is not only to record best practices in the area, but to formalize the technology (similar to what has happened with instructional design) and to eventually surround itself with an information design theory.

For current practice, see the interesting Info Design web site.

In computer science, Information design refers more technically to the design of information systems. It comprises the aspects data modelling and process analysis.

Data modelling refers to the analysis and design of the information in the system, concentrating on the logical entities and the logical dependencies between these entities. In a later stage, logical data models may be translated into physical data models.

Process analysis refers to the analysis and design of the processes in which the data is transformed and moved.