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Information Design Workbook: Graphic approaches, solutions, and inspiration + 30 case studies Paperback – February 1, 2010
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The summary on the preface accurately describes this book and I'll quote it here.
- Leads you through the mindset and kind of thinking that support good information design.
- Gives you an overview of the type of processes and tools you can use to create effective information design.
- Shows real-world examples of successful products
- Presents interviews with some of the premier practitioners working in the field today.
This book talks about high level concepts to give an overview to information design. The first four chapters explains the need for effective design and provides lots of examples where they are used, and how helpful they are. Some examples include direct mail, litigation graphics, etc. Interviewees relates on what works and what doesn't through their own experience.
There are several tools include to help designers. They include personas and scenario simulation, research and testing and even mundane stuff like using plain language. Of course not all might relate to everyone. I'm a newspaper artist and I don't do testing for every graphic that I produce. But they do give results for tests conducted, which can be applied to different fields.
One chapter is devoted to design principles with examples from all medium.
The last five chapters are the case studies. Each touches on a different medium and each comes with 6 real life success stories. That's 30 set of experience from the industry you can learn from.
I'll like to conclude that this book practices what it preaches. The information on the pages is laid out nicely and easy to absorb.Read more ›
It is very, very basic. The page-to-insight ratio is quite low. Normally, I'm underlining and circling things all the time in books as I read them; I doubt that I circled more than half a dozen things in the entire 230+ pages. One of those half-dozen was an excellent analogy likening good information design to an uneventful flight.
The material about user-centered design is not inaccurate, but it is dismaying to realize that the book's target audience is visual designers who have apparently never considered that satisfying the needs of end users might be more important than indulging their own egos. Any practicing information designer who has to be told such basics as though they were insights is in big trouble.
You'll get a lot more out of the books of Edward Tufte, Stephen Few, and Richard Saul Wurman.
It is packed with useful tips, ideas, and stories, not just from the author but from information designers and agencies around the world. It's a great resource to know how processes work, what their problems are, and also who is actually out there setting the standards.
The effort the author makes to collaborate with others working in the field and to share their points of view rather than to just preach her own thoughts is what sets this book a notch above the rest.
It's a great book, whether you read it cover to cover, or use it as a source of information and inspiration. Highly recommended.
The title is slightly misleading in that I thought a "workbook" would contain specific exercises. I didn't see any in my first flip through the book, so if they're there, it's a failure of design that they're aren't easier to pick out. That said, it' still a useful book to help kick start your next projects.
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Great examples and use of topics covered in conveying the material itself.Published 5 months ago by That Guy
Great book on basic info graphics, good examples and things to think about when designing your own info graphics.I would recommend this book.Published on February 22, 2013 by colorgirl
Had this book for a class and it was very informative. If you're into graphic or web design than this is definitely a must read.Published on January 3, 2013 by Katie Allred
As a Design instructor, it would be essential for me to be able to analyze the illustrations in detail. But in the kindle edition this is impossible, they are too small. Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by L. Howard
Great book. A must read for people looking to improve your design work. I would recommend this book. I'm in urban/community planning and I thought it was vaulable.Published on May 10, 2012 by Nikki