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.

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

inform #12 wayfinding, signage and instruction

By InformForm

The terms signage and wayfinding are sometimes used synonymously, but it is important to distinguish the two. 2 minutes to read.


InformForm #11 pictographic design considerations for the screen

By InformForm

When designing symbols for use in navigation systems, we must be conscious of existing conventions. 1 minute to read.

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

inform #10 considerations of information spaces

By InformForm

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.

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

inform #9 understanding an audience

By InformForm

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.


inform #8 the role of form in information design

By InformForm

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.

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

inform #7 research in and on information design

By InformForm

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.


inform #6 the design process

By InformForm

Process allows for a design project to progress but also for the building of knowledge, skills and experience in order to become visually literate. 1 minute to read.


inform #5 brainstorming and mind mapping

by InformForm

Brainstorming and mindmapping are great techniques to trigger creative thinking, generate ideas and allow concepts to develop and play an integral part in the design process.
1 minute to read.

Information design project by Ravensbourne Graphic Design student Sarah Kettle

inform #4 using and understanding information

By InformForm

Information can be interesting, uninteresting, useful, useless, important, boring, redundant or wrong. 1 minute to read.


inform #3 understanding signs and meaning

By InformForm

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.


inform #2 organising information and LATCH

By InformForm

The organising and display of information can aid the understanding of information. Different methods of organising can create different vantage points. During the process it’s advisable to explore a variety of methods to help focus your thinking and define your message. 2 minutes to read.


inform #1 data and information

by InformForm

Information design exists at the core of graphic design. It can simplify complexity, relate the seemingly unrelated and create insight. There should be a reason or purpose to give form and graphically represent information. 2 minutes to read.