artifacts do not just leap from the keyboard of a designer, programer,
writer or developer, they require a long period of planning. Multimedia
is similar to the film industry in that the preproduction process
can be much longer than the production process.
Once a multimedia
project has started, any change will have a knock-on effect on processes
further down the line. In order to minimize this, the multimedia
producer needs to ensure that several documents are produced leading
up to the 'Functional Specification'. The Functional Specification
is akin to a screenplay in the film or television industry.
Document is often called a 'Proposal'. Its purpose is to describe
the artifact and who the target users are likely to be. The audience
for a Concept Document is the Development Team. It is used in 'brainstorming'
sessions to refine and focus the proposed artifact.
A Concept Document
will be rewritten several times during the 'Conceptual Process'
and will address the following: