My fascination for the machinations pertaining the relevance of identification with information, is at the heart of the archive you are about to explore. The following blog posts (visually) investigate how design plays an authoritative role on informative websites. The archive concentrates mainly on news websites' design and the device you are using to access it, … Continue reading Introduction to theory and further posts
Do you know the whole story?
Mankind’s history has always been influenced by knowledge. The amount of information available for a human to comprehend defines the choices that are to be made. We are now in an era where information surplus plays a vital role in society. Current algorithms that make use of big data underpin the scarcity of knowledge and … Continue reading 1. The interpretation of content within the remediated space
Which design do you trust?
The majority of the current online media we use for news information are based on the act of ‘’repurposing’’. This means that a property from another medium is reused. Considering this, we should take Marshall McLuhan’s (1994) argument on how the analogue version is remediated into its digital counterpart into account. McLuhan states that content of … Continue reading 1.1 Repurposing
How easily are you pursuaded?
Considering the online environment, you cannot encounter the world wide web as a set of isolated ‘individuals’. We must rather define this as a society, even though the act of browsing may be done individually. The semantic regime of the web consequently effects information management systems that are based on frequencies and ranking. The frequency … Continue reading 1.2 Adaptive interactivity
The earlier described online reading protocol requires a reconceptualization of online information design. This design is applied to deliver information in order to guide the interpretation and ‘’enhance our understanding of the non-statically aspects of the past, present or future’’ (Katz 2012). When realising information design for a specific purpose, literacies are used to deliberately … Continue reading 1.3 Functional interactivity
The web is a heterogeneous space, but considering its physical limitation (the earlier discussed algorithm and the act of sharing) the web still constrains users in getting the information they want. It is a medium that offers ‘’random access’’, with no beginning or end (Bolter and Grusin 2000), meaning that the algorithm provides different ‘beginnings’ … Continue reading 1.4 Navigational interactivity
How controlled is your interpertation?
As a result these three types of interactivities (adaptive, functional and navigational) we underestimate how our (pursued) social identity affects our choices and actions. This will have a very real impact on the world in which we exist. To view this from a designers perspective: through all the choices which are made in design the information … Continue reading The online medium – Conclusion
How sensitive are you for authority?
In the previous chapter I explained how our current information systems are predominantly used. I will now discuss a few options, which are in use and will implicate a certain level of transparency. Finally I will speculate on how these measures could be further implemented and used as a method for guarantying online authority. The … Continue reading Transparency of the media