The Web allows us to delve into non-fiction stories with rich graphics, interactive navigations and two-way communication. But it's also a tapestry for interactive fiction and storytelling, allowing people to weave tales through multiple mediums, engaging readers in ways never imagined.
Media Informatics brings together skills in writing, audio, interactive Web design, 3d animation and virtual worlds to create a rich life on the screen.
New software tools allow us to conceive and build communication platforms that serve as a conduit not only to tell our own stories, but also to listen to others respond.
Web design has turned traditional thinking on its head. With an emphasis on usability, interactivity and reliability, a new generation of people are just now mastering the skills necessary to create meaningful, user-centric experiences on screens of all types.
As the digital age pushes forward, cutting edge designers are already experimenting with 3-dimensional Web design. But it's not all work, work, work. Software tools such as Maya and Rhino allow skills users to create vivid characters and worlds that look — and move — as if they existed in real life.
All of these skills have come together in virtual environments. Whether that's in Second Life or NASA training centers, virtual environments are becoming the standard for dangerous training simulations, modern educational classrooms and advance medical schools.