Start 2020-03-18

The International Institute for Information Design (IIID) is a global network for people who work to make information clearer – for everyday life, business, education and science. It combines graphic design, user experience, plain language, and design research.

  • Job: Assistant Professor, Design and Social Justice

    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

  • Job: Information designer, Montreal.

    Voilà is looking for a full-time (35 hours per week) information designer in Montreal. React before June 5, 2022. All details are on the websites:

    Website (English):

    Website (French):

  • New book: Visualizing Complexity

    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.’


  • Conversation with Alex Tyers, 3 May 2022 at 1300 UTC

    Information design for financial communications

    The next in our series of IIID Conversations is with Alex Tyers of Transmission Design, one of Australia’s leading information designers. With over 20 years experience of every variety of information design, he is an expert in instructional design, forms, customer communications and plain language.

    During this session I will be talking about information design for financial communications. Most people I talk to express surprise that a bank statement, form or insurance letter is even designed at all, maybe because they are often so bad. However, I can confirm that – yes – financial communication design is a thing. I will be discussing how financial comms can be improved, and what can hold this back. I will be showing examples from projects I have worked on for financial organisations and highlighting some of the things I have learned. I look forward to chatting to you soon.


    Alex Tyers is one of Australia’s leading information designers. With over 20 years experience of every variety of information design, he is an expert in instructional design, forms, customer communications and plain language.

    Transmission Design

  • Conversation with Oliver Tomlinson, 26 April 2022 at 1300 UTC

    The hidden graphics

    Oliver will reflect on his experience of creating diagrams for large corporate bids and tenders. He will discuss how business ‘authors’ work with his team of information designers, creating diagrams to work alongside text in a hidden world of huge commercial contracts.

    He will also reflect on the diagrams produced behind the closed doors of businesses, often created by non-designers but a key element in explaining processes, theories, research and initiatives.


    Oliver Tomlinson is the CEO and founder of TDL-Creative, a design consultancy based in London that specialises in information design. TDL-Creative was set up in 2011 and is now recognised as an industry-leading agency in bid design and diagramming, producing designs for some of the largest procurement opportunities in the UK. Oliver works predominantly in Powys, Wales, dividing his time between family, diagramming, design workshops and falconry.

  • Summer School conversation – video trailer

    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.


    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:

    Any questions? Please write to:

  • Conversation with Rob Waller, 7 April 2022 at 1400 UTC

    Rob Waller is the speaker at the first of our new series of IIID Conversations. He will talk about the Information Design Summer School – its history, how it works, how it integrates (only useful) theory with practice, and what kind of people attend. The Summer School has been running since 2013, as a fast-track induction into how information designers think. It’s attracted people from many backgrounds – engineers, medics, lawyers, statisticians, technical writers, educators, as well as graphic designers wanting to specialise in information design. It’s usually an intensive week face-to-face, but in 2021 it went online. Most projects are set by real clients, and Rob will show some of this work.


    Rob Waller is the current President of IIID and organiser of the Simplification Centre. He is semi-retired from a long career in information design, which has taken in research, teaching and practice. His clients have included many well-known names in financial services, energy, government and publishing. His personal website is

  • IIID Conversations

    IIID Conversations is a new series of informal events. As the name suggests, they are conversations as much as talks. The speakers will make short presentations of their work or ideas, then we’ll interview them and the conversation will open out to include everyone.

    Last year we consulted our members on what they would like to see. Their answer was ‘community’ – most wanted to feel more connected to others in their profession, to gain insight about practice, and to gain new knowledge about the various different types of work information designers do.

    IIID Conversations is free for IIID members, and €5 for non-members.

    Conversations already organised are:

    7 April 2022 at 1400 UTC

    Rob Waller (Simplification Centre, UK), discussing the Information Design Summer School – how it works, who comes and how it links theory and practice through critiquing and practical projects.

    26 April 2022 at 1300 UTC

    Oliver Tomlinson (TDL Creative, UK). Oliver uses information design and visualisation in the construction industry, and will talk about the contribution information graphics makes to successful bid documents.

    3 May 2022 at 1300 UTC

    Alex Tyers (Transmission Design, Australia). Alex’s practice includes financial information, medicines information, forms and other complex information.

    These conversations will also be part of the Information Design Summer School, so summer school participants do not need to register for them.

  • Information Design Summer School 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:

    Any questions? Please write to:

  • Revised edition: ‘Information design workbook’.

    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.”


  • International accessibility symbol design competition

    The International Union of Architects (UIA) and Rehabilitation International (RI) are jointly inviting submissions for a twenty-first century symbol of accessibility to represent their core values of rights and inclusion, independence, physical and virtual accessibility for all, including people with disabilities.
    The challenge is therefore to develop a new symbol of accessibility that better represents the variety of people who use buildings and other types of built environments. The competition invites professional architects and graphic designers as well as architectural and graphic design students to design a new graphic symbol of accessibility, to be proposed to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for adoption as the new international symbol of accessibility.

    More information

    Competition brief download

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

    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.

    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.


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

    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.


    Publisher and ordering:

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

  • Conference: ICTVC, Thessaloniki: 5-9 July 2022

    Conference website:

    Call for papers:

    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

    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:


    Fall foliage is seen on Centennial Common Sept. 17, 2016. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
  • idj special issue Information Visualization
    Cover of idj special issue Information Visualization

    A special issue of the Information Design Journal with contributions by presenters of Information+ 2018 is now online under an open access license.

    From the editorial by Marian Dörk & Isabel Meirelles:

    We are very pleased to introduce the new Information+ Special Issue of IDJ, featuring nine peer-reviewed contributions which expand on the authors’ presenta-tions during the second Information+ conference, held on 19th–21st October 2018 at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FH Potsdam) in Potsdam, Germany. The conference brought together 261 researchers, practitioners and students working at the intersection of information design and data visualization to discuss common questions and current challenges. Our main goal was to stimulate cross-disciplinary exchanges and knowledge sharing while nurturing research and innovation that is relevant to academia, industry and government.

    idj: Information Visualization

  • Shi Ji: Design Education. Part 1
    Cover page of Shi Ji 6.1

    She Ji, the journal for Design, Economics and Innovation, has published its issue 6/1, dedicated to design education and guest-edited by Guillermina Noël.

    The journal is open source, you can download the whole issue or select articles of your choice under this link:

    Shi Ji: Design Education. Part 1

    Authors are:

    • Ken Friedman Tongji University, Shanghai;
    • Guillermina Noël University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lucerne, Switzerland;
    • Michael Meyer and Donald Norman, University of California at San Diego, USA;
    • Peter Jan Stappers et al, Deft Technological University, Netherlands;
    • Gjoko Muratovski, Ullman School of Design, University of Cincinnati, USA;
    • Johan Redström, Umea Institute of Design, Sweden;
    • Gunnar Swanson, California State University, USA;
    • Jorge Frascara, Formerly University of Alberta, Canada, and now University of Applied Design and Art, Lucerne, Switzerland. He interviews Richard Buchanan, Meredith Davis, Ken Friedman, Willard McCarty, Ezio Manzini, Donald Norman, Sharon Poggenpohl, and Saskia Sassen.
  • Comment on Corona data quality

    Comment by Andreas Schneider, Institute for Information Design Japan, on the quality of data provided by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University, basis for the “Corona Navigator” featured in a previous post.

    As these data are consumed more and more by non-experts without understanding inherent limitations, significant misinterpretations may happen.

    The full comment is available on the IIDj website.

  • Announcing the 54th SDA Award

    The Japan Sign Design Association Award (as known as SDA Award) was established in 1966 for the purpose of promoting and educating the public about the sign design through presentation of signature design works to the wide society.

    It continues to be the only award program for sign design in Japan. Signs today are considered as an interface that connects urban space or corporate activities with consumers, or as information that is indispensable for revitalizing the environment and establishing communication, and their examples are seen with more diverse variations.

    The Japan Sign Design Association invites applications for awards from signature design works with high quality.

    Information, registration and more on the SCA Award website.

  • Information+ Conference postponed to 2021

    Information+ has been postponed for one year, until fall 2021.

    Hopefully, in the fall of 2021, a new version of the conference at Georgia Tech will be carried out with as many of the existing components as possible.

    There is one positive update: the special issue of the Information Design Journal with contributions by presenters of Information+ 2018 is now finally online under an open access license:

  • Changes to IIIDaward 2020

    Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures. Under the given circumstances we have made some changes and adaptations.

    The jury meeting is postponed to May 15/16, will be held face-2-face or online, depending on current developments.

    • The category “emergency” is dedicated to covid-related entries for only 30,- euro each.
    • Until April-15, there is a 2+2=2 promotion.
    • The final deadline for submissions is April-30.
    • Awarded projects will be announced on May-19.
    • The IIIDaward-book will be thicker than ever.
    • The IIIDaward exhibition tour will be expanded to as many as possible places.

    Let us show the world the impact of excellent information design.  If you have any further suggestions, ideas, please contact us.

    The more, the better: our ambition is to have as many cases as possible giving evidence of the importance and relevance of information design. 
    So please submit two entries and get two more for free.
    Promotion ends on Wed. -15th of April.

    For details and submissions, please visit the IIIDaward website.

  • Corona Virus Navigator – update 2020-03-23

    Although we are constantly updating and expanding our visualizations around the developments of the spread of the Corona virus, we are painfully aware of the underlying limitations and the risks of statistical communication. Numbers, exuding a certain authority, may draw attention in ways that are not appropriate to the issues they claim to represent.

    While it is extremely important to put quantitative information in context, we lack the detail to do so in a meaningful way: the number of tests performed, population, demographic profiles and many others.

    We have added a new view, charts, which should help to better understand the dynamics of development at each location. These diagrams are scaled to facilitate comparative reading – they do not allow quantitative comparisons in any way.

    Corona navigator charts, comparing development is various countries.
    We have added a new view, Charts, which should help to better understand the dynamics of development at each location. These diagrams are scaled to facilitate comparative reading – they do not allow quantitative comparisons in any way.
    3D visualization of the corona timeline with bars expanding from points on the globe.
    The performance of 3-D Views has been improved:,

    Data collected and managed by Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University – Great Work!

    Andreas Schneider
    Institute of Information Design Japan iidj

  • IIID Mobility & Transport Forum

    Navigating the City 2020 in Mumbai

    Information and mobility design for high-density multilingual environments
    6-8 November 2020, Mumbai, India
    Abstract submission deadline has been extended, we are currently working on a new timeline.

    Our aim is to make sure that the event will take place, either in Mumbai or as a virtual conference.