InformForm

Information design:
in practice, an informed theory

InformForm is an international platform for information design, which celebrates and explores both practical and theoretical experimentation within the field of design. It prides itself on showcasing relevant examples of work by students, for students. Read More

The InformForm articles archive contain a range of interviews with prominent professional practitioners, great examples of students' work as well as writing on research, process and experimentation in information design projects.

Histomap Revisited – a new way of navigating the World History histomap from 1931

Interview: Santiago Ortiz

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Santiago Ortiz is the founder of Moebio Labs. Moebio Labs is a team of data scientists, interactive data visualization developers and designers. They develop interactive visualisation projects working with large data sets. 7 minutes to read.

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Interview: Signal Noise

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Signal Noise is a London-based information design agency founded by Hem Patel, Matthew Falla and Christian Thümer. Signal Noise work for clients across industries helping them to understand, analyse and communicate complex data and narratives. 6 minutes to read.

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Interview: Nattanan Naewmalee

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Thai information designer Nattanan Naewmalee created the Thai Hand Signal Design Project. He created a pictographic symbol system to help with the learning of hand signage. 5 minutes to read.

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Interview: Sandra Rendgen

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Sandra Rendgen is an author and editor with a focus on visual culture and technology. Her work looks at on data visualisation, interactive media and generative design as well as research in the history of maps and diagrams. She has published two books “Information Graphics” and “Understanding the World” with Taschen. 5 minutes to read.

Hot or not? Border conflicts in the Americas – map

Interview: Catalogtree

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Catalogtree is a multidisciplinary design studio based in the Netherlands founded in 2001 by Daniel Gross and Joris Maltha. The studio works on commissioned and self initiated design projects convinced that form equals behaviour. Their expertise lies with medium independent design, programming, typography and the visualisation of quantitative data.
5 minutes to read.

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Interview: Ole Häntzschel

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Ole Häntzschel is a freelance graphic designer, specializes in illustrative maps and unconventional information design. Since the study of visual communication at the Berlin University of Arts, and in Venice, Zurich and Ann Arbor (USA) he designs infographics in his Berlin studio. 4 minutes to read.

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Interview: Holmes Wood

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Holmes Wood is a leading design studio, specialising in direction and information schemes working across and with a range of mediums, technologies and spaces. Every project is headed by one or both of the principals, Lucy Holmes and Alexandra Wood. 3 minutes to read.

InformForm workshop with BA (Hons) Graphic Design yr 2 students from University of Chester

inform #7 research in and on information design

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Information gathering alone does not quantify research. It is only through analysis and evaluation that research becomes of value and can inform ideas and concepts. Analysis is the process of examination—gathering the essential details of something as well as any connections and context. Evaluation is the process of determining the significance and value of the aforementioned analysis. Finding pertinent information is the first step, analysing and understanding its value in relation to your idea is the next. 3 minutes to read.

InformForm workshop with Year 2 BA (Hons) Graphic Design students at Ravensbourne, London

inform #9 understanding an audience

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The success of a symbol or diagrammatic display is partly informed by the designer's intentions, but is equally measured by a designer's understanding of the user's visual perception capabilities. 3 minutes to read.

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inform #3 understanding signs and meaning

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The design of a pictograph or pictographic system needs to have reasoning and intent. This requires not only knowledge and experience with content but also the language of signs. To understand the process of creating signs, the field of semiotics is an important point of reference.
2 minutes to read.

InformForm workshop with Master Information Design students from  Sint-Lukas Brussels

inform #10 considerations of information spaces

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The information space can have a significant impact on the meaning of the sign and vice versa. This is as well as aiding understanding of its function. For this reason context should be examined and explored early on in the design process, in close relation to the reader’s use of the proposed context. 2 minutes to read.

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inform #8 the role of form in information design

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Visual decisions can create opportunities for an increase in insight and understanding. Cautiously, the role of the visual can also be of decoration, highlighting the redundant or interference. Form can clarify but can also be a barrier. 2 minutes to read.