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Designing Connected Content: Plan and Model Digital Products for Today and Tomorrow, First Edition by Carrie Hane, Mike Atherton

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Chapter 5 Creating a Domain Model

So you had some great introductory conversations with your subject-­matter experts and target audiences. You listened. You asked probing questions. You’ve taken your first step into the larger world of your subject domain. Fascinating, isn’t it? Taking apart a topic and seeing how it all works is one of the most exciting parts of the design process. Defining a list of terms is the first step to gaining understanding. The next step is ­figuring out how those terms relate. We need a way to explore and communicate how the whole subject hangs together.

How Do We Make the Connections?

Enter the domain model—a conceptual model of the subject domain. It shows the concepts found in that domain and the specific relationships ...

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