An Introduction to Information Design

Editor/Author Coates, Kathryn and Ellison andy
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Laurence King

Price: Core Collection Only
ISBN: 978-1-78-067338-7
Category: Technology & Engineering - Technology
Book Status: Available
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This invaluable guide provides a creative, informative, and practical introduction to the general principles of information design. With chapters on understanding the audience, structure, legibility and readability, selection of media, experimentation, and multi-platform delivery, An Introduction to Information Design gives a complete overview of this fundamental aspect of visual communication.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1 What is information design?
  • Definitions of information design
  • A brief history of information design
  • Why is information design necessary?
  • What are the different types of information design?
  • 2 Information design for specific audiences
  • Identifying the audience and their needs
  • Defining the audience
  • Activity: How to identify your audience
  • Internationalism
  • Inclusivity
  • Visual impairment
  • Hints and Tips: Designing for visual impairment
  • Case study: Designing for a target audience – children
  • 3 Structuring information
  • Grids
  • Hierarchy of information
  • Dynamic composition and gesture
  • Sequence of information
  • Hints and Tips: Organizing information
  • Hints and Tips: Using a grid
  • Hints and Tips: Setting up the grid
  • Case study: Grid structure and hierarchy
  • 4 Legibility and readability
  • Understanding legibility and readability
  • Readability: colour, tint and tone
  • Legibility, readability and contrast
  • Weight, size and scale
  • Typographic elements
  • Glossary of typographical terms
  • Graphic elements
  • Imagery
  • Hints and Tips: Visibility and contrast
  • Hints and Tips: Colour-coding
  • Hints and Tips: Choice of typeface, weight and scale
  • Case study: Illustration in information design
  • Case study: Graphics in information design
  • 5 Realizing the design through appropriate media
  • Explanation of media
  • Choosing appropriate media
  • The difference between print and digital
  • Designing for different digital platforms
  • Computer data visualization
  • Exhibition design and design for the environment
  • Hints and Tips: Knowing the possibilities of media
  • Case study: Maintaining a brand's visual identity across different media
  • 6 Experimentation and inspiration for the design process
  • Why is experimentation and inspiration important?
  • Lateral thinking
  • Inspiration for design
  • Editing data for inspiration
  • The importance of trying out ideas
  • Hints and Tips: Taking inspiration from the world around you
  • Case study: Inspiration for the design process
  • Case study: Visual mapping
  • 7 Information design in practice: print, interactive and environmental
  • Design outcomes
  • Routes for print-based information design
  • Case studies: Print-based information design
  • Routes for interactive information design
  • Case study: Interactive information design
  • Routes for environmental information design
  • Case studies: Environmental information design
  • 8 Information design in practice: multi-platform delivery
  • Using multiple platforms
  • Case study: Interactive exhibition design
  • Case study: Environmental and interactive wayfinding
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary
  • Further reading / Websites
  • Acknowledgements