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IIID Conversation with Maxwell Roberts, 2 February 2023, 15:00 UTC

We’re marking the 90 year anniversary of the London Underground network diagram with a talk by Maxwell Roberts, who is the pre-eminent expert on the diagram and author of several books on it.

Why Henry Beck’s 1933 London tube map design was such a resounding success

It’s exactly 90 years since the launch of Henry Beck’s 1933 London Underground network diagram, which has become an iconic example of information design . We’re marking this with a talk by Maxwell Roberts who is the pre-eminent expert on the diagram and author of several books on it.

Max says: “It was a remarkable work of elegant compromise, effortlessly balancing conflicting priorities and presenting passengers with a design that simplified reality in a useful way. In this talk I will highlight these priorities and consider recent findings in usability testing that show the importance of attending to them.”

Maxwell Roberts lectures in psychology at the University of Essex, UK, with BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Nottingham. His research interests have included reasoning and intelligence, but now focus on information design and, in particular, schematic maps, creating challenging designs and testing their usability and aesthetics. He has authored four books and several academic papers on this topic and co-chairs the Schematic Mapping Workshop. His personal web page is



IIID Visionplus conference Vienna, 25-26 May 2023

Save the date, Visionplus is back! Even more importantly, it’s back in Vienna, Austria 🙂
The 19th Visionplus conference focuses on healthcare, prevention, and well-being.

Visionplus is back, even more importantly, it’s back in Vienna, Austria 🙂

The 19th Visionplus conference focuses on healthcare, prevention, and well-being:

Information Design for Healthcare

Finding a way through healthcare systems, healthcare buildings, and healthcare finances is often a challenge, even when we’re healthy and wealthy. Information is crucial to enable people to act appropriately.

The focus of the conference is on questions like:

  • How do information design principles relate to patients and their health?
  • Could information design be beneficial for the outcomes of treatments, care, and well-being?
  • Do patients really notice and appreciate information design?
  • What kinds of evidence and reasoning is required to show the relevance of information design in health contexts?
  • Can information design bridge the communication gap between patients and care-professionals?
  • Could information design really alleviate some of the pressures on healthcare systems?
  • How to visualise information about risks and benefits?

Presentations on topics such as signage, instructions, forms, maps, diagrams, symbols, in both digital and analogue situations are very welcome. These could be based on research, education, professional practice as well as and historical perspectives.

Submission deadline is February 28th, 2023.

More details and a platform for submission of proposals will be available soon. In the meantime, please direct any questions to:

Catch the early bird for IIIDaward entries 2023

The IIIDawards are a showroom for professional information design with international exposure in many different categories of information design applications.

The IIIDawards are a showroom for professional information design with international exposure in many different categories of information design applications. In addition to receiving an award, all submissions are presented online. The best of each category are included in the IIIDaward book and will go on tour as part of the exhibition.

Early bird submissions until 31 January 2023

The next Information Design Summer School 2023.

The ninth Information Design Summer School will be held online between April 11 and May 24, 2023.

The 2023 summer school will be the ninth in a series that’s gained a reputation as the best intensive introduction to information design. Traditionally delivered face to face, we moved online in 2021. Our usual intensive week is now stretched over six weeks of lectures, discussions and creative projects. 

The summer school orients you within the world of information design, and is ideal both for designers wishing to specialise and non-designers wishing to apply these ideas to their work. As well as graphic designers, we regularly have lawyers, technical writers, civil servants, educators and medics wanting to solve their own specific communication problems. 

This year there’s an optional face-to-face practical workshop, in Vienna, leading up to the IIID’s Vision Plus conference on the theme of health information design.

Website and registration: The Simplification Centre

Book: ‘Information Visualisation’

New book by Maria dos Santos Lonsdale about ‘Information Visualisation’.

The publisher states: ‘In a world of information overload, this book will help you to cut through the noise and communicate information with clear, efficient, and engaging visualisations. 

This book:  

• Explains the principles behind information visualisation, including the science of visual perception and cognition
• Provides guidelines that bring research and best practice together
• Showcases a range of examples, and outlines the do’s and don’ts of different approaches
• Shows how to use research methods to design with and for your target audience. 

From an expert with years of experience researching, teaching, and doing information visualisation, learn how to make better and informed decisions around visualisation design that are appropriate for both your data and audience.’

Foreword written by Prof. Dr. Rune Pettersson.

Website: Sage Publishing. Sample pages: Preview.

IIID Conversation with Rodrigo Ramírez (Chile), 12 January 2023, 14:00 UTC

Rodrigo Ramírez will talk about “Visual Tools: Information design as a way to manage crises and emergencies.”

Visual Tools: Information design as a way to manage crises and emergencies.

Rodrigo Ramírez specialises in information design for emergencies, including the immediate needs in an emergency as well as the communication and management of risk. He will discuss the Guemil icons project, with testing through participatory workshops in communities.

Rodrigo Ramirez

Rodrigo is Associate Professor at the School of Design, UC Chile (Diseño UC). He is also a researcher at the Chilean National Research Center for Integrated Disaster Management, CIGIDEN. He was design leader for the Guemil Icons project, an open source set of symbols for crises and emergencies ( Rodrigo has an MA Information Design from Reading University, UK. His interests are typography and information design, crossing both practice and research. He has collaborated in information and type design research and designed for brands, public organizations, and publications.


Call for Papers: Special Issue of the Cartographic Journal ‘Beck at 90 Years’

Looking for contributors.

In 1933, Henry Beck’s original design for representing the London Underground was published, schematising the entire network for the first time using only horizontal, vertical and 45-degree diagonal lines and distorting topography to enhance clarity. The London Underground has been depicted using these techniques ever since and cartographers and designers worldwide have been influenced by its success. 

To mark this anniversary and Beck’s contribution, The Cartographic Journal will publish a multidisciplinary Special Issue exploring the foundations and future prospects for transport cartography in which schematisation forms an important element of design.

We welcome full contributions of up to 8,000 words (Refereed paper – substantive research – with double-blind peer review) or shorter manuscripts of up to 4,000 words (Observation paper – brief reports of preliminary findings or theoretical remarks – with editorial review) that either focus on Beck’s work and its legacy or take a wider perspective.

Website: The Cartographic Journal

Deadline: Abstracts on January 13, 2023. First submissions on April 9, 2023.

InfoDesign special issue on Health and Wellbeing

Issue 19.3 of the Revista Brasileira de Design da Informação contains 4 English articles about health and wellbeing.

The Brazilian journal InfoDesign has just published a special issue on Health and Wellbeing. Issue 19.3 of the Revista Brasileira de Design da Informação / Brazilian Journal of Information Design contains five articles in English. PDFs of these articles can be downloaded for free from the InfoDesign website.

Issue 19.3 includes the following articles:

Editorial. Sara Goldchmit, Daniel Raposo: Editorial: Information Design for Health and Wellbeing.

Article 1. Letícia Maria Muniz Lobo, Ana Carolina Garcia Ribeiro, Maria Isabelle Silveira da Silva, Nicole Kareen Conceição Mendes, Livia Flávia de Albuquerque Campos: Desenvolvimento de infográfico como alerta para a prevenção do câncer de pênis no Maranhão [Development of infographic as a warning for the prevention of penile cancer in Maranhão.]

Article 2. Grace Sampaio, Carla Spinillo: Considerações sobre o design da informação em artefatos gráficos do processo de prescrição de dietas: Um estudo do fluxo de informações em um hospital público universitário [Information design considerations in graphic artifacts of the diet prescription process: On the information flow in a public university hospital.]

Article 3. Emanuele König, Patricia Raquel Bohn, Cláudia de Souza Libânio: Barreiras informacionais e recomendações para a inclusão de pacientes em um serviço oncológico ambulatorial brasileiro. [Informational barriers and recommendations for patient inclusion in a Brazilian outpatient oncological service.]

Article 4. Laís Alpi Landim, Maria José Vicentini Jorente: Recursos gráficos para visualização de informações de saúde no contexto da Covid-19. [Graphic resources for health information visualization in the context of Covid-19.]

Veronika Egger

is-design / Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

Co-founder and Director, Design for All in Austria
IIID Vice President, Finance & Administration

What is the motivation to work in information design?

I feels good to create something that improves someone’s experience or understanding.

What are you working on at the moment?

Wayshowing, orientation, medical information.

What is a project you consider a great example of information design?

Paris public transport, the new bus stops;
Telebanking in India with voice interaction only;
(Wayshowing in Hofburg Imperial Palace Vienna and Austrian Parliament); my latest project 🙂

What is your dream project?

A truly inclusive public space.

Juuso Koponen


Koponen + Hildén
Helsinki, Finland

Co-founder of Koponen+Hildén
Teacher at Aalto University, Lahti Design Institute

What is the motivation to work in information design?

I believe that good decisions require understanding the facts. Information design is about making the facts understandable. Therefore, information design facilitates good decisions, whether it be in government, business, or people’s daily lives.

What are you working on at the moment?

I run a small information design studio with my business partner Jonatan Hildén. We mostly create infographics and data visualizations for public sector clients and media, and train PR professionals, researchers and other experts on the basics of creating their own visualizations. We also teach information design at Aalto University.

What is a project you consider a great example of information design?

I’m a big fan of The New York Times’ graphics desk. For example, the online article “Tracking Harvey’s Destructive Path Trough Texas and Louisiana” uses data visualizations to paint a detailed picture of the havoc created by hurricane Harvey after making landfall:

What is your dream project?

My business/creative partner Jonatan Hildén and I are starting work that very well might be the dream project. With the help of a grant from Kone Foundation we are creating 40 data maps and cartograms of Finland on a wide variety of topics. The project combines journalism, data collection, wrangling and analysis, map design, and interaction design, making it a very interesting and rewarding project, and hopefully one that will have an impact on the Finnish society.

Gordon Akwera


User Centered Design
New York, USA


What is the motivation to work in information design?

It’s a special capability that allows for solving complex problems, with impactful and real results.

What are you working on at the moment?

Designing a platform that monitors unauthorized trading for credit, commodities, prime and FX.

What is a project you consider a great example of information design?

Nate Silver’s interactive sections on

What is your dream project?

Re-designing an air traffic control platform.