Start 2020-03-18

IIID Perspectives is a platform for the global IIID community. We share our members’ activities – international or regional, post news from our World Regional Representatives (WRRS), introduce you to people and their work, and generally talk about our main passion: making information clearer.

  • 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    Excerpts taken from Burtin’s unpublished writing offer insight into his thinking process and explain how he transformed complex scientific information into easy, accessible visual forms.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.

  • Nightingale, the journal of the Data Visualization Society

    X-Ray Visualization: A Fine Tradition of Visualizing Medical Data – Plus, introducing a new contest for healthcare visualizations.

    By Will Stahl-Timmins, Data visualisation designer, British Medical Journal, and John Appleby, Director of Research and Chief Economist, The Nuffield Trust

    There is a fine tradition of innovation in the visual presentation of health and care data. John Snow produced a map of Cholera cases during the 1854 outbreak in London, England. It clearly shows cases clustered around the Broad Street water pump — the source of infection. A list of addresses would be far harder to interpret than the map. Perhaps Snow realised that the human visual system’s capacity for pattern finding could be harnessed by using data maps such as these.
    Contribution from WRR, Will Stahl-Timmins

  • The BMJ (British Medical Journal)

    Visualising health inequalities—Announcing a new data visualisation competition in healthcare.

    Given the ubiquity of data in our lives it is perhaps unsurprising that methods to help us understand this rising tide of digits have become increasingly popular.12 Techniques such as bar and line charts have helped us to see patterns in numerical data since at least the late 18th century.3 However, the digital revolution has boosted the possibilities for visualising data, and there is now a thriving field of practice and research in “data visualisation.”
    Contribution from WRR, Will Stahl-Timmins

  • COVID-19: numbers in context

    Andreas Schneider from IIDj, Institute for Information Design Japan sent this article.

    Corona virus navigator: IIDj keeps a live 3-D visualization of the virus’ geographic appearance within the limitations set by insufficient data, based on the LiveTracker of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University, US

    Following the development of presentations around the coronavirus evolution we feel obliged to raise our concerns:

    • Numbers are only meaningful if they refer to a known metric – the sum of the identified infections must be reported together with the total number of persons testedpresentations have to consider and communicate three phases: IDENTIFICATION, RECOVERY, FATALITIES.
    • Data should be provided by SITES, identifiable significant agglomerations / communities – and not by arbitrary political entities – such as province or country.
    • The number of cases cannot be visualized as blobs of varying size on 2-dimensional maps, giving the impression of a geographical spread when the underlying data is the total within an arbitrary political boundary – such as province or country.
    • Color schemes should enable understanding rather than cause fear.
    • AUTHORSHIP/SOURCE of data/information used must be clearly stated, including contact details for questions and feedback.

    We keep updating the live 3-D visualization of the virus’ geographic appearance within the limitations set by insufficient data, based on the LiveTracker of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University, USA.

    We hope that the respective authorities will make efforts to provide appropriate data in a consistent format. This is necessary for responsible decision-making at personal and political levels that can count on the understanding of all concerned.

    Data collected and managed by Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at John Hopkins University.

    Context, worldwide:
    According to WHO, 15 deaths every minute = 8MIO per year through AIR POLLUTION
    According to WHO, 15+ deaths every minute = 8MIO+ per year through TOBACCO USE
    According to WHO, 3 deaths every minute = 1.6MIO per year directly caused by DIABETES (2016)

  • Clarity conference USA

    Clarity 2020. Access for All.

    September 30th – October 2nd 2020
    The Watergate Hotel, Washington, USA

    Clarity 2020 focuses on Access for All to include access for any person to justice systems, health-care choices, financial decisions, opportunities, technology, and much more.

  • Visualizing Knowledge 2020 cancelled/postponed

    Diploi, Kaleva Hall, Espoo

    This one-day conference VK20 questions how we can make democracy more visual, and thereby, enabling more people to be informed participants in democracy.

  • information+ conference 2020

    September 24th-27th, 2020, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

    Interdisciplinary practices in information design & visualization
    September 24th-27th, 2020 at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).

    Submission of abstracts: 20 April 2020

  • IIID Award 2020

    Time to showcase your work!

    15 categories, entries from around the world, an international jury, and a great track record for high quality competition. We don’t just give it away, folks!
    Entry deadline: 18 March 2020
    Be a winner

  • New information design podcast

    Information Design Podcast „geraumt“

    2019 Christian Lunger and Markus Scheiber started a series of (mainly German) conversations about orientation, spacial design, and information. Well worth listening to!

  • Save the date – FYI:Conference 2020

    FYI: the Austrian information design conference

    © Erik-José Ebenbauer

    Make a note in your calendar: Vienna, 14 November 2020

    For the third time FYI: will provide an exciting meeting place for information designers in Vienna.

  • Summer school

    Information Design Summer School

    Tutors Rob Waller, Clive Richards and Karel van der Waarde

    It’s an intense and exciting introduction to the field, and attracts many people who are not from an information design background, but who have problems they think information design can solve. 
    We’ve had medical people, lawyers, technical writers and government administrators, for example.

    The summer school is taking a break in 2020 but get in touch to find out about our future plans.