Information granules emerging as a result of an abstract and more condensed and global view at numeric data play an essential role in various pattern recognition pursuits. In this study, we investigate an idea of granular prototypes (representatives) and discuss their role in the realization of classification schemes. A two-stage procedure of a formation of information granules is discussed. We show how the commonly used clustering methods are viewed as a prerequisite for the construction of granular prototypes. In this regard, a certain version of the principle of justifiable granularity is investigated. In the sequel, a characterization of information granules expressed in terms of their information (classification) content is provided and its usage in the realization of a classifier is studied. Experimental studies involving both synthetic and publicly available data are reported.