Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Art and Design
The Web 2.0 paradigm relies on the user to create content for websites. This creates volumes of information that is fed to other users. There is a concern that there can be a lack of credibility and relevance of information for the user. The goal for this study is to create a prototype Web 2.0 website that allows users to submit and organize information through cognitive mapping.;The prototype website uses aspects of Kevin Lynch's cognitive mapping to allow individual users to organize content as they see fit. Information graphic concepts from Edward Tufte are applied in this study to keep the design of the prototype and its information clear for the user.;The results of this prototype address issues of user's motives in submitting content and interacting with the community at large. In addition, the prototype also presents the user with an application that they might use to logically organize information. Future projections for Socialest are implementing the site, and conducting further studies of how users experience the interactive mapping.
Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/
Vorwald, John, "Socialest: an application of mapping in creation of a design solution for user driven websites" (2007). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 15482.