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.


  • Veronika Egger
    is-design
    Vienna, Austria

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

    motivation to work in info design?

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

    working on at the moment?

    Wayshowing, orientation, medical information.

    project you consider a great example of info 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 🙂

    dream project?

    A truly inclusive public space.

  • Rodrigo Ramirez
    Chile
  • Alex Tyers
    Australia
  • Juuso Koponen
    Koponen + Hildén
    Helsinki, Finland

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

    motivation to work in info 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.

    workin 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.

    projects you consider a great example of info 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: www.nytimes.com

    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

    Consultant

    motivation to work in info design?

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

    working on at the moment?

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

    project you consider a great example of info design?

    Nate Silver’s interactive sections on fivethirtyeight.com

    dream project?

    Re-designing an air traffic control platform.

  • Yosune Chamizo Alberro
    Information Designer
    Mexico City, Mexico

    Animal Político Information Designer
    workin in a journalistic environment

    motivation to work in info design?

    For more than 10 years I dedicated my work to editorial design and that was the job I enjoyed a lot. However, it was not until I completed my master’s degree in information design with a project on Central American migrants who crossed Mexico, that I realized that the information design applied to social affairs was what really passionate me. After that I had the privilege of being invited to be part of the team at Animal Político, a digital native newspaper in Mexico that deals with issues such as violence, corruption, transparency, human rights, inequality and others.
    Being in a place where everyday I understand more the reality of the country in which I live is a luxury, and having the opportunity that my work reaches hundreds of people is a privilege. When we published the news report on “The Ghost Companies of Veracruz” (that won the National Journalism Award in 2017) that gave rise to the investigation that today has the governor of that state in jail accused of corruption, I realized the impact that the work we do in Animal Político can have.
    Information desing can transform our reality, and I have experienced it first-hand: that is my motivation.

    working on at the moment?

    In Mexico, 2018 is an election year, there will be a change of president and several governors, so at this moment I am carrying out projects related to elections both with Animal Político and on my own.

    project you consider a great example of information design?

    In the article “Logic and Visual Information” by Hammer, E.M., with a diagram similar to the following, the author expresses the relative distance between the Earth, Moon and Mars:
    Earth — Moon ——–Mars
    It seems trivial and very simple, however it is a great example of how this type of representations are very necessary in our information consumption. Sometimes with 3 words and 2 lines we can explain complex processes, and for me, this is the challenge.

    dream project?

    I enjoy synthesizing very complex problems in a clear and easy to understand information. One project would be to explain the history of human beings in one data visualization. To portray so many years of history in a single image would be a very intersting challenge.

  • Claudine Jaenichen
    Chapman University
    California, USA

    Associate Professor of Graphic Design
    IIID Vide President Communications

    motivation to work in info design?

    Advocacy trough based evidence-based practice and principles.

    working on at the moment?

    I am working on an international initiative with Design Network for Emergency Management creating tsunami evacuation communication guidelines for emergency management.

    project you consider a great example of info design?

    A Better A&E led by PearsonLloyd, Medicine for People initiative led by David Sless and the Communication Research Institute, Bristol.
    Legible City by Tim Fendley, and Simple Action Reports led by Rob Waller and the Simplification Centre.

    dream project?

    To participate on a federal committee dedicated to ensuring that design thinking and evidence-based design principles are leveraged into policy and standards for public communication before, during and after emergencies.

  • Mika Aldaba
    Thinking Machines Data Science
    Quezon City, Philippines

    Consultant

    motivation to work in info design?

    Data is power and the ability to visually communicate it for analytical/decision making/usability/problem solving purposes and mor is crucial in the coming years since we are getting more and more of it.

    working on at the moment?

    Dashboards on PowerBI and Tableau, Interactive Data Visualizations on D3.

    project you consider a great example of info design?

    Moritz Stefaner’s entire body of work and Nick Felton’s report.

    dream project?

    Something related to doing UX work for AI/ML, an Interactive Data Installation, or anything film/data related.

  • Tingyi S. Lin
    National Taiwan University of Science and Tech.
    Taipei, Taiwan

    Visiting scholar, University of Chicago & Director VIDlab (Visual Information Design lab)

    motivation to work in info design?

    Not only with personal interests, but also feel it’s one of ways to make the society better for living.

    working on at the moment?

    user research, emergency and safety, service design methods, interface design

    project you consider a great example of info design?

    waiting for its coming.

    dream project?

    Collaborated curate with cool ID friends globally on whatever topics that we name it (bi-)annually without language barrier.

  • Judith Moldenhauer
    Wayne State University
    Detroit, USA

    Professor, Graphic Design
    Life Fellow, Communication Research Institute

    motivation to work in info design?

    To help people get the information they need so that they can do what they want/need to in life.

    working on at the moment?

    Assessment handbooks (Program and Student Services) for Wayne State University; grant studying asthma in Detroit teens (design of asthma diary, instruction booklet for personal air monitor used by teens); NIH grant/program (BEST – Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) on carrer options for biomedical PhD students (design of all program materials, program steering committee, facilitator for Communication module of program); Type II diabetes record log (in conjunction with Pharmacy faculty).

    project you consider a great example of info design?

    Claudine Jaenichen’s designs for tsunami evacuation in California.

    dream project?

    Anything related to healthcare emergencies.

  • Will Stahl-Timmins
    BMJ Publishing, Inc.
    London, United Kingdom

    Data Graphics Designer
    Information Design Association Committee

    motivation to work in information design?

    I am an information designer working in visual communication of health research data to practitioners and researchers. I tell stories using data visualisation and infographics.

    working on at the moment?

    Full time for the BMJ (former British Medical Journal) making static and interactive infographics for print and web.
    Check out: www.bjm.com/infographics

    project you consider a great example of info design?

    Old favourites of mine include the work of the Isotype Institute, London Transport, Captain Sankey and Minard. I also love this visualisation of drone strikes: www.drones.pitchinteractive.com, Moritz Stefaner’s data cuisine (data-cuisine.net) and there was an interesting visualisation in Nature recently by Jan Willem Tulp summarising and crowdfunding cancer research data.

    dream project?

    While I love working on the BMJ infographics, I’ve been interested in data sculpture and physical infographics recently. I’d love to work on some exhibition projects one day, that blend the virtual space of dataviz with physical objects.

  • Ricky Stoch
    Ricky Stoch Design
    South Africa

    MA Visual Design Communication at the Royal College of Art

    motivation to work in info design?

    Coming from South Africa, where we have one of the lowest rates of functional literacy in the world, I became obsessed with information design and visual communication as a solution to helping individuals take medication, engage in politics and the law.

    working on at the moment?

    At the moment I am working on a sticker that can be added to the packaging of the antiretrovirals with the aim of adhering to the medication. The design is based on the same theory that increased adherence to oral contraceptives when their packaging was redesigned in the 1960s.

    project you consider a great example of info design?

    NYC Subway Map, Massimo Vignelli

    dream project?

    The project I am currentyl working on feels al lot like a dream project as it has the potential to tangibly affect the lives of those living with HIV, as well as impacting the way in which we deal with the control and the management of the disease. That said, my research up till now has been in visual communication as a tool for behavioural change so any project where I can apply that theory would be inspiring, challenging and exciting.

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  • Karel van der Waarde
    Graphic Design – Research
    Elewijt, Belgium

    Professor Visual Communication, Swinburne University of Technology
    IIID Vice President, Education & Research

    motivation to work in info design?

    Multi-faceted profession: it is essential to deal with a wide variety of people and organizations. Making sure that the people who have to deal with complex information can actually handle it without noticing how complex it really is remains a continuous challenge.

    working on at the moment?

    Information about medicines for patients, doctors, pharmacists and nurses.

    project you consider a great example of info design?

    Google maps – including some apps related to it. They really make life easier when I’m at a specific location looking for something. (And I don’t have to know how complex the underlying structure is: it simply provides answers).

    dream project?

    An information design strategy for a therapy that is based on the needs of patients. Right from the first recognition of symptoms and diagnosis all the way to health management. Information about medicines is just a part of this. The strategy needs to be based on ‘a variety of patients’ looking at ‘a variety of things’ in different contexts and at different times of treatment.

  • Klaus Kremer

    New Zealand

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  • Gillian Harvey
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Canada

    Assistant Professor of Design Studies
    President of Edmonton Wayfinding Society

    motivation to work in info design?

    I’m drawn to systems and complexity. I like helping people find solutions to complex issues through research. The idea that design can save lives motivates me.

    working on at the moment?

    Designing a participatory urban mapping and wayfinding event for Edmonton Design Week in September; researching different ways to explain the patient intake process at hospital emergency rooms; researching how people use instructions in medical/emergency situations.

    projects you consider a great example of info design?

    The London Underground Map – one early example of how to represent information spatially, rather than geographically; Isotype for children’s publications, A Better A & E, PearsonLloyd; Legible London, Bristol Legible City; and Applied’s work internationally on wayfinding.

    dream project?

    The design of an educational package to be given out to children in schools that taught systems thinking to school age children;
    redesign of an early medical intervention instructions to prevent overdose and death; branding exhibition design, and wayfinding in a children’s museum.

  • Katrin Beste

    Austria

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  • Stefania Passera
    Legal Information Designer & Researcher
    Espoo, Finland

    Researcher at Aalto University School of Science
    Initiator of Legal Design Jam and Consultant

    motivation to work in info design?

    I am interested in design as a problem-solving activity. I am interested in how people interact with complex information. How to achieve clear communication and help people generate insights are a continuous – and continuously interesting – challenge for me as an information designer. I am not the kind of highly artistic or expressive designer – I am rather the nerdy, picky, inquisitive one. I get my kicks by being of service, discreetly, to the users and figure out how to help them achieve their goals.

    working on at the moment?

    I am working in the emerging field of legal (information) design. I mostly work with contracts, and sometimes with other types of legal documents, and my work is to make them more human-friendly. In particular, I have been working on contract visualization, AKA using diagrams, images and visually structured layouts to make contracts more searchable, readable and understandable.
    I wrote my PhD on this topic. I like how this is not purely information design work, but it often overlaps somehow with service design and even change management: a successful intervention requires to listen to, collaborate, and satisfy many different professionals in organizations (civil servants, business people, lawyers, techies…) – or change simply won’t happen.

    project you consider a great example of info design?

    Just a few ideas on top of my mind – too many good projects to remember them all! The posters of Making Policy Public project by CUP (www.makingpolicypublic.net), Hans Rosling’s Gapminder visualizations; The Dear Data project (www.dear-data.com) and other works by Giorgia Lupi / Accurat; The interactive exhibits in Micropia Museum in Amsterdam (www.micropia.nl), Minard’s map of Napoleon’s winter campaign in Russia (classic choice!); The periodic table and the Feynman’s diagrams (nerdy bonus!)

    dream project?

    A large, ambitious project with high social impact on citizens and/or business, carried out with some innovative, open-minded, forward-looking organization. Ideally, a respected public organization. I’d want both real impact and high profile “media-sexyness” in order to create momentum and inspire others to follow.

  • Mario Fernando Uribe Orozco
    Universidad Autónoma de Occidente
    Cali, Colombia

    Professor, Dept. of Advertising and Design
    Director of the Communication Design Program

    motivation to work in info design?

    I’m drawn to systems an complexity. I like helping people find solutions to complex issues through research. The idea that design can save lives motivates me.

    working on at the moment?

    Research in Information design, teacher at this topic, prepare a research into pedestrian wayfinding.

    project you consider a great example of info design?

    Henry Beck map and Minard representations.

    dream project?

    Better information into the cities for take decisions and it can make easy the live into the cities.

  • Job: Principal Teaching Fellow

    The School of Design of Hong Kong Polytechnic University is restructuring its academic programmes for 2022/23. The Principal Teaching Fellow will take up a role for the teaching and learning activities related to the new scheme-based undergraduate programme BA (Hons) in Design. This covers the areas of Interior Design, Environment Design, Advertising Design, Information Design, Media Design, Product Design, Interaction Design, Social Design and Service Design.

    Consideration of applications will commence on 12 December 2022 until the position is filled. 

    Website: School of Design.

  • IIID Visionplus conference Vienna, 25-26 May 2023
    Visionplus 19 Logo

    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 January 31st, 2023.

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

  • Conversation with Rupesh Vyas, 1 December 2022 at 1500 UTC

    Eliciting public participation through information design

    Public participation is crucial in the present-day context of increasingly complex scenarios of data-driven approaches in various domains. I will discuss the challenges and exploration of information design approaches through case examples from my teaching and practice-based design research projects at Aalto University.

    Case examples: Information design for Elections, Air Quality, Health, Public transport.

    Rupesh Vyas is an associate professor at Aalto University, responsible for the information design focus area within the Visual Communication Design major. He is also leading the practice-based Design research projects in information design at the Department of Art and Media.

    Rupesh teaches information design courses and is engaged in collaborative design research with many public sector organizations in Finland. He led the collaborative project with city of Helsinki to create an interactive visualisation of Air Quality data for eliciting public participation. He is the driving force behind the collaborative design research projects with FINNGEN for creating future tools of visualizing genetic data for scientific discoveries.

    Rupesh is also involved in organizing the Visualizing Knowledge conference, the biennial conference held at Aalto University, focused on various topics of Information Design and Data Visualization, where student work, as well as ongoing research is presented along with talks by international experts.

    Previously, he was a senior faculty at the National Institute of Design, India, responsible for developing and teaching information and interaction design research and education. He has contributed significantly to some of the major projects with national importance in India, which includes the Design for Census of India 2011, Design of Population Register, Design of Multipurpose National Identity Card and unifying Information and visual design standards for Driver’s License.

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  • New Zealand: Plain Language Bill

    On 19 October, the New Zealand Parliament approved a ‘Plain Language Bill’. The Bill was announced and its contents was made public. 

    Section 7 of this legislation mentions a need for guidance. There will be Plain Language officers who check documents and spoken texts. The ISO-standard on Plain Language – IIID contributed to this standard – might become directly applicable.

    Some comments appeared in Stuff and the British Guardian.

  • IIID Conversations

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

    In 2021 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.

    Coming up:


    1 December at 1500 UTC

    Rupesh Vyas Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland


    5 January 2023 at 1500 UTC

    Rodrigo Ramírez, Information Designer, Associate Professor at School of Design, UC Chile (Diseño UC).


    Previous Conversations:

    Carlos Rosa, IADE – Faculty of Design, Technology and Communication, Lisbon, Portugal: Moving Pictograms

    Will Stahl-Timmins, Data Graphics Designer at The Britisch Medical Journal: A picture of health: Visualising medical information for doctors.

    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.

    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.

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

  • Conversation with Carlos Rosa, 3 November 2022 at 1500 UTC

    Moving Pictograms

    The introduction of motion is an important contribution to facilitate the interpretation of pictograms and to enable them to develop in other ways, for example, to encourage civic behaviour, enhance the content of a message and to create emotional ties.

    Carlos Rosa, with colleague Maria Diaz, won an IIID Award in 2020 for their fascinating work on moving pictograms. For years we’ve assumed pictograms are static, but digital channels allow them to move. The introduction of motion makes pictograms easier to interpret, and also encourages compliance with their message, and creates emotional ties. Carlos will present this project, and data that demonstrates significant improvements in comprehension.

    Carlos Rosa is an independent designer, researcher, and design professor. He is Director of IADE, the largest and most reputed creative school in Portugal. His research project explores the knowledge in the exercise of design applied to universal communication systems. He has received a Portuguese Design Award, and he was described as “Design Icon” by Computer Arts magazine. Carlos writes and illustrates regularly for Portuguese newspapers. He is father of Simão and Joana, has written a book and has also planted a tree!
    Carlos Rosa Design

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