DUX'05 location:San Francisco, California date:3-5 November 2005
infoscape is an online collaboration environment developed for an undergraduate digital image design course, aimed to facilitate intuitive transfers of creative ideas between students without explicitly making this the goal of the processes involved. Self-initiated design propagation acts as a strong motivation to create quality design work through a process of continuous self-evaluation, by encouraging students to negotiate with peers. infoscape consisted of a patchwork of image fields which were assigned to individual students, collectively representing a geographical 'information landscape'. Students gradually designed their fields to visually represent abstract features detected within the corresponding physical reality. The game-like approach of fulfilling successive content levels towards a common goal provoked cooperative as well as competitive activities between students, as the challenge consisted of creating a uniform information landscape in which individual contributions stood out but field borders blended in. infoscape broke with some traditional educational practices, such as deadline-oriented assignments and plagiarism avoidance.