Information design in/as serious leisure

Julia Bullard, Heather L. O'Brien
2011 Proceedings of the 2011 iConference on - iConference '11  
Information resources for serious leisure pursuits need to offer accuracy and usability while supporting community values such as playfulness. This paper explores how a World of Warcraft player-authored information resource integrates playfulness into guides meant for difficult game content. While written guides support play by minimizing time spent out of the game, video guides have an opportunity to reproduce the engaging qualities of gameplay, combining information and entertainment. A close
more » ... reading of the's videos and their context reveals how playfulness contributes to authenticity, credibility, and the site's role in the community, while supporting the information seeking of players. We should expect to see the integration of community values, in this case playfulness, in information resources built within other serious leisure communities or for work and everyday life pursuits.
doi:10.1145/1940761.1940886 dblp:conf/iconference/BullardO11a fatcat:jua7trfutngc3byubgtmieqwgq