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Overview

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.

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"A wonderful resource compendium on the diverse landscape ofinformation design. From theory to practice, the book is truly aneffort in the 'design of understanding'" ClementMok , Chief Creative Officer, Sapient
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262100694
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/18/1999
  • Pages: 373
  • Product dimensions: 8.26 (w) x 9.29 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1 Introduction: Why Information Design Matters 1
I Theoretical Foundations of Information Design 11
2 Information Design: The Emergence of a New Profession 15
3 Chaos, Order, and Sense-Making: A Proposed Theory for Information Design 35
4 Human-Centered Design 59
5 Sign-Posting Information Design 83
II The Practice of Information Design 99
6 The Uniqueness of Individual Perception 103
7 Information Design in Informal Settings: Museums and Other Public Spaces 131
8 Graphic Tools for Thinking, Planning, and Problem Solving 193
9 Visual Design in Three Dimensions 221
10 Collaborative Information Design: Seattle's Modern Odyssey 247
III Designing for the Technologies of Information 263
11 Information Interaction Design: A Unified Field Theory of Design 267
12 Interactivity and Meaning 293
13 The Role of Ambiguity in Multimedia Experience 301
14 Sculpting in Zeroes and Ones 317
15 Personal Reflections on the Development of Cyberspace 327
Epilogue 339
16 Rationalizing Information Representation 341
Contributors 349
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    Valuable Information architect and web design resource

    This book is worth having on the shelf. It contains a lot of information about the structure, design, and content of web related material. Lots of backround material and case studies are included.

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