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Information design is the study of how information can be organized and presented so that it can be easily accessed and understood. Information design is becoming an increasingly important discipline because information is so central to modern business and society. This interdisciplinary field has emerged in tandem with the growth of information technologies. Information design merges the fields of graphic design, interface design, media studies, linguistics, cartography, psychology, perception, and other fields. 


This course will examine the fundamentals of information design, as well as different theories relating to information communication. Topics will include: types of information (verbal, visual, metaphoric, narrative, etc.); information design strategies; information classification; graphic design; scientific visualization; the design of instructions; information design in media and advertising; and information design in the entertainment industry. 

The course is especially useful for trainers, information officers and managers, media designers, graphic designers and others who seek to deploy information effectively and productively. 

Course Description:

There are 12 independent Modules that can be taken in a self regulated learning program. Most of the learning materials are online, and there is a supplementary text Information Graphics: Innovative Solutions in Contemporary Design, by Peter Wildbur and Michael Burke (Thames and Hudson, New York, 1998). 

Module 1. Introduction to Information Design 
Module 2. Information Design Strategies and Tools. 
Module 3. Charts and Maps. 
Module 4. Scientific Visualizations. 
Module 5. Virtual Reality and Spatial Design. 
Module 6. Verbal Information Design. 
Module 7. Narrative Information Design. 
Module 8. Metaphors and Symbols. 
Module 9. Audio Information Design. 
Module 10. Information Design for Interactive Media. 
Module 11. Information Design in the Advertising Industry. 
Module 12. Information Design in the Entertainment Industry. 

Instructor is Dr. Hilary McLellan, Empire State College (SUNY) and McLellan Wyatt Digital, Inc.  Cost is $795 per person, and discounts are available for academics and educators.  Please call Kristian Pascoli at 800-469-0684 or 610-770-8946, Fax 610-770-1043, for more information

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Received on Monday, 31 July 2000 19:28:51 UTC