Virtual World Design

Ann Latham Cudworth

July 15, 2014 by A K Peters/CRC Press
Reference - 405 Pages - 200 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466579613 - CAT# K16854


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  • Provides a comprehensive design strategy for each aspect of a virtual environment, such as sound, lighting, and storytelling
  • Includes 12 hands-on, modular, and extensible projects that cover the fundamental concepts of virtual environment design
  • Explains the vitally important role that a designer plays in the creation of a virtual environment
  • Supports and promotes "Design for All" design principles throughout
  • Offers mesh models, textures, and sounds available for download on the author’s website


Learn How to Create Immersive Virtual Environments

Written by an award-winning designer with 20 years of experience designing virtual environments for television and online communities, Virtual World Design explores the intertwining disciplines of 2D graphics, 3D models, lighting, sound, and storytelling. It illustrates how these disciplines come together by design in the creation of an accessible virtual environment for teaching, research, and entertainment. The book gives anyone the tools and techniques to design virtual environments that support their message and are accessible by all.

With 200 illustrations and 12 step-by-step projects, the book delivers hours of creative challenges for people working in public virtual worlds or on private grids. Using the modular components available for download on the author’s website, readers learn by building such things as a virtual classroom, an "all-access" terrain, and a sound-based game.

This book can be the foundation for class work in distance learning, simulation, and other learning technologies that use virtual environments. It shows both novices and advanced users how 3D composition, color, lighting, and sound design are used in the creation of an immersive virtual environment.