Category Archives: research: theory & practice

balance

Medical Information Design

A few weeks ago, I visited the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City to check Bodies in Balance. The exhibition presents an information design journey through “the origins, history and practice” of Tibetan medicine. Tibetan science principles of healing

balance

Medical Information Design

A few weeks ago, I visited the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City to check Bodies in Balance. The exhibition presents an information design journey through “the origins, history and practice” of Tibetan medicine. Tibetan science principles of healing

learners

Rethinking Education, Improving Practice

One way of improving the practice of a discipline or field is having a robust education and solid theoretical foundation. In the case of information design, these aspects are still unclear and vary across education systems and programmes. For example,

learners

Rethinking Education, Improving Practice

One way of improving the practice of a discipline or field is having a robust education and solid theoretical foundation. In the case of information design, these aspects are still unclear and vary across education systems and programmes. For example,

beauty

Reconciling Beauty and Function

Last week took place Tapestry Conference. Thanks to live-stream, I spent some time watching some of the talks. The discussions around beauty and functionality made me reflect on how we, as information design practitioners, approach the problem-solving process and conceive

beauty

Reconciling Beauty and Function

Last week took place Tapestry Conference. Thanks to live-stream, I spent some time watching some of the talks. The discussions around beauty and functionality made me reflect on how we, as information design practitioners, approach the problem-solving process and conceive

data

Turning Data Into Diagrams, An Exhibition

Today I visited the “Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight” exhibition at the British Library. The small exhibition explores how scientific information from different areas, including health, weather forecast and human evolution, has been visualised throughout the years. It also

data

Turning Data Into Diagrams, An Exhibition

Today I visited the “Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight” exhibition at the British Library. The small exhibition explores how scientific information from different areas, including health, weather forecast and human evolution, has been visualised throughout the years. It also

learning

Information Designers’ learning process

The aim of information designers is to get to the bottom of a problem and find the most appropriate solution. Constructing deep understanding of each situation is essential to achieve that goal, and develop high quality effective outcomes. In a

learning

Information Designers’ learning process

The aim of information designers is to get to the bottom of a problem and find the most appropriate solution. Constructing deep understanding of each situation is essential to achieve that goal, and develop high quality effective outcomes. In a

bricks

Constructing deep understanding

Information designers make sense of situations. To achieve that goal, they first need to gain an understanding of those situations. Poor understanding results in ineffective outcomes that fail in communicating a message with clarity. To ensure the creation of well-conceived

bricks

Constructing deep understanding

Information designers make sense of situations. To achieve that goal, they first need to gain an understanding of those situations. Poor understanding results in ineffective outcomes that fail in communicating a message with clarity. To ensure the creation of well-conceived

effective

38 Steps for Effective Information Design

As in any other practice and specialized field, learning and applying foundational principles and theories, and adopting a thorough problem-solving process are essential steps to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for information design practice. Therefore, there are no magic

effective

38 Steps for Effective Information Design

As in any other practice and specialized field, learning and applying foundational principles and theories, and adopting a thorough problem-solving process are essential steps to develop the necessary skills and knowledge for information design practice. Therefore, there are no magic

confusion

Complexity ≠ Confusion

Complexity is an intrinsic part of life; it is normal and necessary, explains Norman (2011) in his book Living with Complexity. However, complexity is frequently pointed out as challenging and a product of our current society which makes communication and understanding

confusion

Complexity ≠ Confusion

Complexity is an intrinsic part of life; it is normal and necessary, explains Norman (2011) in his book Living with Complexity. However, complexity is frequently pointed out as challenging and a product of our current society which makes communication and understanding

abstraction

Visualisations & the Process of Abstraction

When information is visualised it can take many forms from diagrams, maps, and information graphics to PPT presentations and wayfinding systems, to name a few. Any of those visualisations can support the processes of learning, teaching, managing information and communication,

abstraction

Visualisations & the Process of Abstraction

When information is visualised it can take many forms from diagrams, maps, and information graphics to PPT presentations and wayfinding systems, to name a few. Any of those visualisations can support the processes of learning, teaching, managing information and communication,

122-onion

Sensemaking Activities in Information Design

Information design is not only about visualising data or information. As written elsewhere, information design is about sensemaking. Sensemaking has been defined and studied by many authors. Most well-known theories and models are the works by Russell et al. (1993),

122-onion

Sensemaking Activities in Information Design

Information design is not only about visualising data or information. As written elsewhere, information design is about sensemaking. Sensemaking has been defined and studied by many authors. Most well-known theories and models are the works by Russell et al. (1993),