Updated book series by Rune Pettersson

Prof. Dr. Rune Pettersson updates his series of 12 books on Information Design. Download these for free.

Rune Pettersson has updated his series of twelve books on Information Design. This series gives an excellent up-to-date overview of the literature.

All twelve books can be downloaded for free from:

  1. Message Design [Download link]
  2. ID theories [Download link]
  3. Text Design [Download link]
  4. Image Design [Download link]
  5. Using images [Download link]
  6. Reuse in A&D [Download link]
  7. Graphic Design [Download link]
  8. Cognition [Download link]
  9. Learning [Download link]
  10. Predecessors and Pioneers [Download link]
  11. It depends [Download link]
  12. ID-concepts [Download link]

Call for papers: SYMBOL’22: SYMBOL SOURCEBOOK@50

Call for papers for a symposium to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Henri Dreyfuss’ Symbol Sourcebook.

We will examine the 50th anniversary of industrial designer Henry Dreyfuss’ discipline defining Symbol Sourcebook, to reveal the legacy underpinning our current fascination with emojis, icons and symbols and explore new symbol applications.

We welcome abstracts for papers from the design community for The Symbol Group’s inaugural online symposium.

DAY ONE examines the importance of symbols using Dreyfuss’ book as a starting point – considering themes of internationalism, data-visualisation, universal language, symbol design history and the influence of technology.

DAY TWO focuses on symbols in contemporary practice including social media (emojis and stickers), inclusivity, sustainability and diversity, critical applications (emergencies/disasters), and symbol language experiments.

Keynote speakers: Prof Keith Bresnahan, Prof Elizabeth Guffrey, Steven Heller, Nigel Holmes, Prof Hisayasu Ihara, Jennifer Lee, Ellen Lupton and Karel van der Waarde

Deadline for abstracts: 30 July 2022

Book: Human Interface and the Management of Information: Visual and Information Design

Conference proceedings of the 2022 HCI virtual conference (June 16-July 1, 2022).

Sakae Yamamoto and Hirohiko Mori edited these conference proceedings of the virtual HCI International Conference 2022. It contains 39 articles.

Part 1 focuses on human-centered design approaches, information design and quality, visual design, visualization and big data, and information, cognition and learning.

Website: Springer

Job: Assistant Professor, Design and Social Justice

Mount Royal University in Calgary (Canada) is looking for an Assistant Professor.

The Department of Information Design, Faculty of Business and Communication Studies at Mount Royal University is looking for a colleague passionate about design education that fosters inclusion, advances equity, and decenters whiteness.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a primary commitment to undergraduate teaching and an ongoing research program. The focus will be on teaching courses in the Information Design program and developing senior-level courses in their area of expertise. 

Website: Faculty of Business and Communication Studies, Mount Royal University

New book: Visualizing Complexity

A guide to transform complex or unstructured numbers and texts into creative and playful designs.

Description from the publisher: ‘How can you turn dry statistics into attractive and informative graphs? How can you present complex data sets in an easily understandable way? How can you create narrative diagrams from unstructured data? This handbook of information design answers these questions. Nicole Lachenmeier and Darjan Hil condense their extensive professional experience into an illustrated guide that offers a modular design system comprised of 80 elements. Their systematic design methodology makes it possible for anyone to visualize complex data attractively and using different perspectives. At the intersection of design, journalism, communication and data science, Visualizing Complexity opens up new ways of working with abstract data and invites readers to try their hands at information design.’

Website: www.superdot.studio

Information Design Summer School 2022

The 2022 Simplification Centre/IIID Information Design Summer school will be held online between April 19 and May 26, 2022.

Dates: 19 April – 26 May 2022

Running since 2013, the Information Design Summer School has gained a reputation as the best place to get a fast introduction to the concepts, principles and challenges of information design. It’s back online for 2022.

What to expect

Information design has developed as a specialist field, with a growing research literature and critical tradition. But education and training in information design is hard to find, and people who want to develop their expertise can find themselves isolated, without access to expert help, and often without like-minded colleagues.

At the summer school you will meet with experts in information design with a depth of experience in design practice, research and education, and who cover a range of different specialisms: diagramming, typography, clear writing, content structure, design education, health information design, financial information, government information, management communications and legal information design.

Time commitment

The programme comprises 3-hour sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. All sessions start at 12 noon UK time.  

The normal Summer School is an intensive one week experience when we hold it face to face, and the online version also requires a high degree of commitment, but spread over six weeks. We are very flexible in our approach and introduce new content in response to questions and issues that emerge during the projects.


The cost of the online summer school is:
Regular fee:
£375 (approx €445/$510)
Student fee: £175 (approx €205/$240).
To ensure the course is viable, there are only 3 student places available.
Cancellation policy: if you cancel after 1 April, we will not refund your fee, unless you can find someone to take your place.

More information: www.simplificationcentre.org.uk

Any questions? Please write to: info@simplificationcentre.org.uk

Revised edition: ‘Information design workbook’.

A revised edition of the ‘Information design workbook’ by Kim Baer has been published.

Description from the publisher: “Information Design Workbook, Revised and Updated takes a methodical, comprehensive, approach to conveying the fundamentals of effective, innovative information design.

With loads of new case studies demonstrating the latest approaches, you’ll learn about the history, theory, criticism, technology and media, process, method, and practice of information design as well as learn how to create visually compelling and meaningful graphics.

Opening with a brief history followed by an instructive breakdown of the discipline, get an intimate understanding of the complexities of crafting information designto effectively improve communication both functionally and aesthetically. You’ll learn every aspect of the discovery process, including how to work within your client’s business structure, create a project timeline, identify and prioritize possible audiences, construct a creative brief, and explore personas (user profiles) and scenarios.”

Website: www.quarto.com

Book launch: ‘Will Burtin’s Scientific approach to Information Design’.

A recording of the book launch can be seen on Youtube.

A discussion about the new book ‘Communicating knowledge visually. Will Burtin’s Scientific approach to Information Design’ can be seen on Youtube.

The discussion was hosted by Prof Isabel Meirelles (OCAD University) and introduced by Michael Babwahsingh (Sense Information Design).

R. Roger Remington and Sheila Pontis gave short presentations. There was a question and answer session afterwards.

Job: Head of MA Information Design, Design Academy Eindhoven.

The Design Academy Eindhoven (The Netherlands) is looking for a Head of the Information Design MA course.

Information Design is one of the five Masters Departments at Design Academy Eindhoven. The future Head assembles a team of teachers and professionals who will structure the work of the department in the coming years.

Location: Eindhoven, The Netherlands. This concerns a part-time, freelance position for the duration of 8 years.

Inquiries: Raf De Keninck, Executive Board: +31 (0)40-239 39 39

Latest application date: January 26, 2022.

Link: https://welcome.designacademy.nl/vacaturebeschrijving/head-of-information-design

Book: Will Burtin’s Scientific Approach to Information Design.

In their new book, “Communicating Knowledge Visually: Will Burtin’s Scientific Approach to Information Design”, R. Roger Remington and Sheila Pontis, reveal the life, work, and mindset of Will Burtin.

This book presents a timely, in-depth examination of Will Burtin, a pioneer of information design. Using a methodical approach, the authors, R. Roger Remington and Sheila Pontis, analyze Burtin’s way of working, and nine of his seminal projects, including his exhibitions for The Upjohn Company, and diagrams for their SCOPE magazine.

Excerpts taken from Burtin’s unpublished writing offer insight into his thinking process and explain how he transformed complex scientific information into easy, accessible visual forms. Scientists, designers, educators and students will gain valuable knowledge from Burtin’s unique design approach in meeting the current challenges of communicating complexity in their respective fields.

Website: https://www.willburtin.com/

Publisher and ordering: https://www.rit.edu/press/communicating-knowledge-visually

Book launch: December 13, 2021. A recording of this launch can be seen at YouTube.

Conference: ICTVC, Thessaloniki: 5-9 July 2022

The conference theme for ICTVC 8 is ‘Beyond the obvious: Typography and Visual Communication in times of disruption’.

Conference website: https://ictvc.org/2022/en/

Call for papers: https://easychair.org/cfp/8th_ICTVC

Deadline for submissions: January 16, 2022.

‘It is obvious that the pandemic affects our daily lives and the way we operate as educators, students or practitioners in the fields of typography and visual communication. The aim of the conference is to ‘see’ beyond the obvious, discussing examples from the past, deepening into the present, and raising important issues for the future in the areas of history, theory and practice. Among the plans of the Organizing Committee of the 2022 ICTVC is to have a special section on education, the challenges and opportunities in turbulent and uncertain times like these.’

Job: Assistant professor: Information Design & Data Visualization

Northeastern University invites applications and nominations for tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of data visualization.

Ideal candidates will be accomplished designers and researchers in graphic/information design and data visualization with interest and expertise in data driven design processes.

Location: Boston Main Campus.

Dates: Applications received before January 10, 2022 will be guaranteed full review and consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Preferred start date is for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Inquiries may be directed to Professor Enrico Bertini, chair of the search committee: enrico.bertini@gmail.com.

Link: https://careers.hrm.northeastern.edu/en-us/job/508570/assistant-professor-information-design-and-data-visualization

Fall foliage is seen on Centennial Common Sept. 17, 2016. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University