Virtual World Design and Healthcare – Beyond walking a web page

Closeup of entry to Path of SupportThere are hundreds of healthcare support groups in the virtual world of Second Life, but how does one educate a visitor about them?

HealthInfo Island started out with a simple list of support groups, then created a path with posters. It was at this point that the Path was handed to me.

I took my inspiration not from medical literature, but from Disney. Organization was less about taxonomies, than Japanese gardens. The material was not didactic but traced the arch of a story of empowerment.

The Path grew out of my sketches and thoughts. I hope it helps others:


The Path was eventually created and lasted for over a year before an island wide redesign.  Screen shots and an older article.

About John

Interested in how information intersects daily life, technology, and art. Collaboration specialist, working in social and collaborative media. Biomedical Informaticist, focusing on patient/patient, patient/provider communication.
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