Different Examples of Information DesignPosted: February 28, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
This table of contents is information design arranged in a hierarchical structure on several levels: color, bold font, and a numbering system.
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.
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.
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.
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?)