As we may build: the design & function of online virtual space
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Type of Work85 leaves
DepartmentUniversity of Baltimore. School of Information Arts and Technologies
ProgramUniversity of Baltimore. Doctor of Communications Design
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World of Warcraft
Virtual reality in education
Shared virtual environments
User interfaces (Computer systems)
Design and construction
"There is no understanding of virtual space, only a loose collection of articles related to realism in rendering or behavior" - Lev Manovich, The Language of New Media. Manovich's statement echoes a largely unspoken truth, that there is no understanding of what we may build in virtual space. This dissertation is specifically for designers, the builders of virtual spaces. Virtual space is both world and interface. It is a visionary medium in need of practical guidance. The ideas presented here stand on a foundation of HCI/usability, film theory, and hints of game design.