Information Design

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Robert E. Jacobson, Robert Jacobson
MIT Press, 2000 - Art - 357 pages

The contributors to this book are both cautionary and hopeful as they offer visions of how information design can be practiced diligently and ethically, for the benefit of information consumers as well as producers.

Information design is the newest of the design disciplines. As a sign of our times, when the crafting of messages and meaning is so central to our lives, information design is not only important--it is essential. Contemporary information designers seek to edify more than to persuade, to exchange more than to foist upon. With ever more powerful technologies of communication, we have learned that the issuer of designed information is as likely as the intended recipient to be changed by it, for better or worse.

The contributors to this book are both cautionary and hopeful as they offer visions of how information design can be practiced diligently and ethically, for the benefit of information consumers as well as producers. They present various methods that seem to work, such as sense-making and way-finding. They make recommendations and serve as guides to a still young but extraordinarily pervasive--and persuasive--field.

Contributors
Elizabeth Andersen, Judy Anderson, Simon Birrell, Mike Cooley, Brenda Dervin, Jim Gasperini, Yvonne M. Hansen, Steve Holtzman, Robert E. Horn, Robert Jacobson, John Krygier, Sheryl Macy, Romedi Passini, Jef Raskin, Chandler Screven, Nathan Shedroff, Hal Thwaites, Roger Whitehouse

 

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User Review  - jonas.lowgren - LibraryThing

An early and in some ways prescient collection of chapters from different authors, compiled with the explicit intention to provide foundations for "the ad hoc emergence of a new discipline" (from the ... Read full review

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Presents good concepts, but concepts are often repeated needlessly. Each chapter is contributed to by a different professional/info designer. Unfortunately, some of these contributors have yet to implement their own advice into the chapters. Chap 7. for example deals with attention and learning in public spaces, such as museums, but the chapter itself is over 60 pages long and goes into endless detail that is extremely dry.
Could be formatted a LOT better, considering it is a book about Information Design.
 

Contents

Introduction Why Information Design Matters
1
Theoretical Foundations of Information Design
11
Information Design The Emergence of a New Profession
15
Chaos Order and SenseMaking A Proposed Theory for Infomation Design
35
HumanCentered Design
59
SignPosting Information Design
83
The Practice of Information Design
99
The Uniqueness of Individual Perception
103
Collaborative Information Design Seattles Modern Odyssey
247
Designing for the Technologies of Information
263
Information Interaction Design A Unified Field Theory of Design
267
Interactivity and Meaning
293
The Role of Ambiguity in Multimedia Experience
301
Sculpting with Zeroes and Ones
317
Personal Reflections on the Development of Cyberspace
327
Epilogue
339

Information Design in Informal Settings Museums and Other Public Spaces
131
Graphic Tools for Thinking Planning and Problem Solving
193
Visual Design in Three Dimensions
221
Presenting Information Representation
341
Contributors
349
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