An Introduction to Information Design

Author(s): Kathryn Coates


Information design is the visualization of information through graphic design. 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. Fully illustrated case studies from leading designers provide professional insight into the challenges involved in creating information design for print, interactive and environmental media. Practical exercises and tips enable the reader to put this learning into practice. This makes it the perfect book for graphic design students as well as design enthusiasts.


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Kathryn Coates was the Art Editor for The Times Higher Education. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University. Andy Ellison is a Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at Nottingham Trent University. He is a member of the Typographic Circle, the Sign Design Society and the International Institute for Information Design.

Chapter 1. What is Information design? This chapter looks at dispelling some of the preconceptions about the subject of information design. Chapter 2. Information design for specific audiences This chapter explores the issues of usability and the audience. CASE STUDY: LetterLab Exhibition, Graphic Design Museum, Holland. Design by Strange Attractors (Netherlands) Chapter 3. Structuring information This chapter will demonstrate practical ways in which to give designs structure and also will give visual examples of poor structure and hierarchy to use as a comparison and benchmark. CASE STUDY: Grid structure: Finnish Institute Annual Review. Design by Emmi Salonen, Studio EMMI (Finland) Chapter 4. Legibility and readability This chapter looks at how information is communicated through the various design elements using typography, fonts, colour, contrast, weight and scale, graphic elements and imagery. CASE STUDIES: Illustration in information design: Good Magazine, 'Animals in the House'. Design by Heavy Meta (USA) / Graphics in information design: Victoria Alliance Health and Safety Program. Design by Grant Alexander(New Zealand) Chapter 5. Realising the design through appropriate media This chapter will explore exhibition design and print processes along with media for environmental consideration. CASE STUDY: Andy Brockie, The Guardian newspaper (UK) Chapter 6. Experimentation and inspiration for the design process This chapter will show how designers have tried out several routes to visualise information before deciding on what they believe to be the best answer to the design brief. CASE STUDY: Alison Barnes and visual mapping (UK) Chapter 7. Information design in practice: print, interactive and environmental This chapter will look at examples of information design for print, interactive and environmental and explore the key skills involved in progressing the ideas, identifying the problems, defining the proposal and finding the solution and final outcomes. CASE STUDIES: Editorial Hyperkit (UK) / Peter Crnokrak (USA) / Paul Farrington, Studio Tonne (UK) / Environmental Wayfinding Adi Stern (Israel) / Bikeway Belem, P-06 Atelier (Portugal) Chapter 8. Information design in practice: multi-platform delivery This chapter will explore the current key trends in multi-platform delivery of information design. CASE STUDIES: Interactive Exhibition Design Mediaarchitecture (Germany) Environmental and Interactive Wayfinding I Walk New York 212 Design (USA) Glossary / Further Reading / Index / Picture credits and Acknowledgements

General Fields

  • : 9781780673387
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : Laurence King Publishing
  • : February 2014
  • : 230mm X 190mm
  • : March 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kathryn Coates
  • : Paperback
  • : 741.6
  • : 208
  • : 300 colour illustrations