Life Cycle of Data
Unprocessed information is data and data is worthless to most of
us. The bombardment of our senses on a daily basis is the topic
of Richard Saul Wurman's book,
In the beginning there was data
Unprocessed data was worthless to most of us
Data became information through a process of shaping
Data is very pliable in spirit - that's why statistics can
be interpreted so widely.
Consider the following formula for turning data into knowledge:
Data ---> [info design]---> information---> [interaction
What lies beyond knowledge?
So take time to get to know your audience and find out what their
likes and preferences are.
Now consider Apple's new iTunes
"Interactive media is not about information,
it is about experience."
Brenda Laurel is one of the most qualified
interface designers in the industry and the biggest proponent of
designing experiences. Her edited book,The
Art of Human-Computer Interface Design is a great
place to start and her book Computers
as Theater is a good place to continue.