Category Archives: research: theory & practice

The Curious Case of Information Design

Sometimes I’m puzzled. In theory, information design (at least, the visualising information aspect of the field) has exponentially grown in the last decade. Articles and examples of visualisations and infographics pop almost every day, and now, if you are work

The Curious Case of Information Design

Sometimes I’m puzzled. In theory, information design (at least, the visualising information aspect of the field) has exponentially grown in the last decade. Articles and examples of visualisations and infographics pop almost every day, and now, if you are work

Creative Designers, A Needed Oxymoron

The final project of my undergraduate creativity and design class is a quite vague and broad assignment. Students are asked to create something (we call it “Personal Creativity Manifesto”) to show how creative they have become but also how their creative

Creative Designers, A Needed Oxymoron

The final project of my undergraduate creativity and design class is a quite vague and broad assignment. Students are asked to create something (we call it “Personal Creativity Manifesto”) to show how creative they have become but also how their creative

Design Thinking for Art & Design Educators

Last week I was pleased to go all the way to Soria in Spain to teach a three-day workshop on design thinking and team dynamics to the educators of Escuela de Arte y Superior de Design (EASD – Art & Design School). Soria

Design Thinking for Art & Design Educators

Last week I was pleased to go all the way to Soria in Spain to teach a three-day workshop on design thinking and team dynamics to the educators of Escuela de Arte y Superior de Design (EASD – Art & Design School). Soria

Complexity or poor attention?

Yes, we do live in a complex world. Yes, the constant production of information and the instant access to it also contribute to that complexity. But, are our everyday problems actually more complex than ever or is this the result of how

Complexity or poor attention?

Yes, we do live in a complex world. Yes, the constant production of information and the instant access to it also contribute to that complexity. But, are our everyday problems actually more complex than ever or is this the result of how

The Missing “Why”

Either if you are an experienced designer (e.g. have been working in practice for over 15 years) or if you have just graduated, you most likely make design decisions largely based on either your intuition (“I just know”), your experience

The Missing “Why”

Either if you are an experienced designer (e.g. have been working in practice for over 15 years) or if you have just graduated, you most likely make design decisions largely based on either your intuition (“I just know”), your experience

The Goldilocks Understanding

Last week, I came across a chapter written by Karl Weick in 1993 about sensemaking and found a few concepts quite useful to better understand information designers’ simplification process and why, often, outputs do not work as intended. It is not

The Goldilocks Understanding

Last week, I came across a chapter written by Karl Weick in 1993 about sensemaking and found a few concepts quite useful to better understand information designers’ simplification process and why, often, outputs do not work as intended. It is not

How to make a grilled cheese sandwich

What do a grilled cheese sandwich and information design have in common?  Both are activities that involve the practice of organising information (or ingredients!), simplifying complexity and, also very important, having fun! “How to make a grilled cheese sandwich” is

How to make a grilled cheese sandwich

What do a grilled cheese sandwich and information design have in common?  Both are activities that involve the practice of organising information (or ingredients!), simplifying complexity and, also very important, having fun! “How to make a grilled cheese sandwich” is