Different Examples of Information Design

Excerpt From Donald A. Norman's "The Design of Everyday Things"

Norman has a section in this book about the mapping that goes on between the object and the user or the design and the user. These are three separate diagrams that show the possibilities for laying out knobs for a stove. Though this is an interactive interface, I think it would be considered information design because still translates the data of how to turn on the stove to the user through meaningful design.

Advertisement for TurboTax

In this case TurboTax has used a GPS-like structure to illustrate how easy their service is to use. (I have no idea if it is, though!) I would call this an example of content-focused design because of the clear use of icons and limited, but important, text. It gets to the point quickly, clearly and accurately.

Playoff Bracket for the 2010 NFL season- January 10, 2011 Sports Illustrated

This is a bracket, which is a great example of information design. It is clean, simple, and if the user was familiar with the team logos on the helmets then it could be entirely pictorial because the team names wouldn’t be necessary.

Steve Chappele and Reebee Garofalo, "Rock 'N' Roll Is Here to Pay: The History and Politics of the Music Industry

This infographic is one of my favorite pieces in my copy of Edward Tufte’s “Visual Explanations”. I like how organic it is with the hand-drawn type and variations of pen stroke to denote different stylistic categories.

Table of Contents from "Economics" by David Colander

This table of contents is information design arranged in a hierarchical structure on several levels: color, bold font, and a numbering system.

Sinage above trashcans and recycling bins at Cafe 55 in Arnold Hall

These signs are everywhere around the newschool. They include great, clear icons and are color coordinated with the bins that sit below them to clearly tell the user where they should throw their trash.

Emergency Exit Signage

Though this is a single sign it is an example of how information design connects all over the world. Everyone knows that a bright red sign on a large door like this one usually denotes that it should only be used in emergencies, whether it is a fancy lit up exit sign or a paper one like this.

Classroom Signage

This sign for a Parsons classroom shows how information design works as a system. Though this is a single sign it is in the company of hundreds of others just like it all over The New School, no matter which building or which part of town.

Elevator at the Parsons 66 5th Avenue Building

After readng the short excerpt in the beginning of the chapter about the man who thinks elevators in the US need some sort of standards in place I have been paying close attention to the insides of the elevators I am in. This particular one is actually pretty straightforward. (But why is the 9th floor not accessable by elevator?)



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