Category Archives: definitions

Design Education 3.0: the unknown unknowns

The three short-films ‘Teaching Teaching & Understanding Understanding’ reflect the changes that higher education and, thus, educators have been going through in the last 30 years to better equip students to successfully deal with real-life problems. A couple of years ago in a

Design Education 3.0: the unknown unknowns

The three short-films ‘Teaching Teaching & Understanding Understanding’ reflect the changes that higher education and, thus, educators have been going through in the last 30 years to better equip students to successfully deal with real-life problems. A couple of years ago in a

3 Factors for Processing Visual Information

Why some visualisations are more effective than others? Why some visualisations are still not universally understood if I have tested them with a big sample? How can designers improve the effectiveness of visualisations?  Each person interprets visual information in a different way.

3 Factors for Processing Visual Information

Why some visualisations are more effective than others? Why some visualisations are still not universally understood if I have tested them with a big sample? How can designers improve the effectiveness of visualisations?  Each person interprets visual information in a different way.

Making sense of information (visual) practices II

Are information design, data visualisation, and visual analytics the same fields? Do they have similar or different goals? Who practices what? What are their processes? What is the best software to visualise data?  These are very frequent questions which are

Making sense of information (visual) practices II

Are information design, data visualisation, and visual analytics the same fields? Do they have similar or different goals? Who practices what? What are their processes? What is the best software to visualise data?  These are very frequent questions which are

Six approaches to visualising complexity

As information designers, we often create visual representations of meaning to make hard-to-understand information (e.g. scientific information, highly technical, unknown) more accessible to a wider audience. When well-conceived, these visualisations translate complexity into a simpler way to communicate a key message. Visualisations also help understand patterns and

Six approaches to visualising complexity

As information designers, we often create visual representations of meaning to make hard-to-understand information (e.g. scientific information, highly technical, unknown) more accessible to a wider audience. When well-conceived, these visualisations translate complexity into a simpler way to communicate a key message. Visualisations also help understand patterns and

How can information design support sensemaking cognitive activities

Sometimes, making sense of data* can be challenging. Data is often perceived this way when a data set is too big or too complex. This indicates that size (small/big) and nature (simple/complex) are frequent issues that can influence the sensemaking process.

How can information design support sensemaking cognitive activities

Sometimes, making sense of data* can be challenging. Data is often perceived this way when a data set is too big or too complex. This indicates that size (small/big) and nature (simple/complex) are frequent issues that can influence the sensemaking process.

Visual reasoning through information design

The visual communication of complex or less known topics (e.g. science, medicine, mathematics) in simpler and clearer ways appeals to users and readers’ visual reasoning. Visual reasoning is the process of both analysing information presented in visual form (e.g. pictures, diagrams, drawings) and solving problems

Visual reasoning through information design

The visual communication of complex or less known topics (e.g. science, medicine, mathematics) in simpler and clearer ways appeals to users and readers’ visual reasoning. Visual reasoning is the process of both analysing information presented in visual form (e.g. pictures, diagrams, drawings) and solving problems

Be a more creative problem-solver: Unlearn what you know

Creativity and innovation have become common place. But, paradoxically, there seems to be great confusion around both terms to the extent that ‘definitions about these terms vary widely’ (Kaufman and Sternberg, 2010). In some cases, creativity and innovation are used almost interchangeably (Berns, 2008; Seeling,

Be a more creative problem-solver: Unlearn what you know

Creativity and innovation have become common place. But, paradoxically, there seems to be great confusion around both terms to the extent that ‘definitions about these terms vary widely’ (Kaufman and Sternberg, 2010). In some cases, creativity and innovation are used almost interchangeably (Berns, 2008; Seeling,