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Information Design: Perception, Human Factors, and Common Sense

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Publisher Comments:

“The book itself is a diagram of clarification, containing hundreds of examples of work by those who favor the communication of information over style and academic postulation—and those who don’t. Many blurbs such as this are written without a thorough reading of the book. Not so in this case. I read it and love it. I suggest you do the same.“ —Richard Saul Wurman

“This handsome, clearly organized book is itself a prime example of the effective presentation of complex visual information.” —eg magazine

“It is a dream book, we were waiting for…on the field of information. On top of the incredible amount of presented knowledge this is also a beautifully designed piece, very easy to follow…” —Krzysztof Lenk, author of Mapping Websites: Digital Media Design

"Making complicated information understandable is becoming the crucial task facing designers in the 21st century. With Designing Information, Joel Katz has created what will surely be an indispensable textbook on the subject."Michael Bierut

“Having had the pleasure of a sneak preview, I can only say that this is a magnificent achievement: a combination of intelligent text, fascinating insights and - oh yes - graphics. Congratulations to Joel.”—Judith Harris, author of Pompeii Awakened: A Story of RediscoveryDesigning Information shows designers in all fields - from user-interface design to architecture and engineering - how to design complex data and information for meaning, relevance, and clarity. Written by a worldwide authority on the visualization of complex information, this full-color, heavily illustrated guide provides real-life problems and examples as well as hypothetical and historical examples, demonstrating the conceptual and pragmatic aspects of human factors-driven information design. Both successful and failed design examples are included to help readers understand the principles under discussion.

Synopsis:

The essential, full-color guide to understanding information design and how to make it better

Featuring hundreds of full-color problems and examples, this comprehensive guide discusses and illustrates approaches to designing complex data and information for meaning, relevance, usability, and clarity. Described and analyzed in lucid text and over 500 illustrations, examples include successful, compromised, and failed designs covering everything from parking signs and road and statistical maps to explanations of the appropriate use of line, color, and form. The book provides incisive and useful insights into the process of visualizing complex information and communicating it in a simple, honest, and accessible form. Some of the many topics covered include:

  • The nature of information
  • How we perceive, communicate, and understand
  • Dimensionality, proximity, numbers, and scale
  • Organization and typography
  • Movement, orientation, and situational geography

Praise for Designing Information

"This is a terrific book.

"I began working with Joel Katz 40 years ago. We learned from observing each other, which allowed us to discover maps that lead to understanding.

"This volume is just that.

"The journey from not knowing to knowing is from ignorance to understanding, from complexity to clarification. This book was done by one of the few who have mastered what I used to call 'information architecture,' and what I perhaps should have called 'understanding architecture.'

"The book itself is a diagram of clarification, containing hundreds of examples of work by those who favor the communication of information over style and academic postulation—and those who don't.

"Many blurbs such as this are written without a thorough reading of the book. Not so in this case. I read it and love it.

"I suggest you do the same."

Richard Saul Wurman

Synopsis:

“The book itself is a diagram of clarification, containing hundreds of examples of work by those who favor the communication of information over style and academic postulation—and those who don’t. Many blurbs such as this are written without a thorough reading of the book. Not so in this case. I read it and love it. I suggest you do the same.“
—Richard Saul Wurman

“It is a dream book, we were waiting for…on the field of information. On top of the incredible amount of presented knowledge this is also a beautifully designed piece, very easy to follow…”
—Krzysztof Lenk, author of Mapping Websites: Digital Media Design

"Making complicated information understandable is becoming the crucial task facing designers in the 21st century. With Designing Information, Joel Katz has created what will surely be an indispensable textbook on the subject."
Michael Bierut

“Having had the pleasure of a sneak preview, I can only say that this is a magnificent achievement: a combination of intelligent text, fascinating insights and - oh yes - graphics. Congratulations to Joel.”
—Judith Harris, author of Pompeii Awakened: A Story of RediscoveryDesigning Information shows designers in all fields - from user-interface design to architecture and engineering - how to design complex data and information for meaning, relevance, and clarity. Written by a worldwide authority on the visualization of complex information, this full-color, heavily illustrated guide provides real-life problems and examples as well as hypothetical and historical examples, demonstrating the conceptual and pragmatic aspects of human factors-driven information design. Both successful and failed design examples are included to help readers understand the principles under discussion.

About the Author

Joel Katz is an internationally known information designer and authority on the visualization of complex information. He teaches information design at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His design work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto. His photography has been exhibited in the United States and Europe. He is coauthor, with Alina Wheeler, of Brand Atlas and is a founding member of AIGA Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

1 Aspects of Information Design
The nature of information

2 Qualitative Issues
Perceptions, conventions, proximity

3 Quantitative Issues
Dimensionality, comparisons, numbers, scale


4 Structure, Organization, Type
Hierarchy and visual grammar

5 Finding Your Way?
Movement, orientation, situational geography

6 Documents
Stories, inventories, notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9781118420096
Subtitle:
Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design
Publisher:
Wiley
Author:
Katz, Joel
Author:
Katz, J.
Subject:
Graphic design
Subject:
information design, visual display of quantitative information, envisioning information, beautiful evidence, beautiful visualization, information dashboard design, katz, tufte, steele, few
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20121002
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Pages:
224

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Product details 224 pages John Wiley & Sons - English 9781118420096 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The essential, full-color guide to understanding information design and how to make it better

Featuring hundreds of full-color problems and examples, this comprehensive guide discusses and illustrates approaches to designing complex data and information for meaning, relevance, usability, and clarity. Described and analyzed in lucid text and over 500 illustrations, examples include successful, compromised, and failed designs covering everything from parking signs and road and statistical maps to explanations of the appropriate use of line, color, and form. The book provides incisive and useful insights into the process of visualizing complex information and communicating it in a simple, honest, and accessible form. Some of the many topics covered include:

  • The nature of information
  • How we perceive, communicate, and understand
  • Dimensionality, proximity, numbers, and scale
  • Organization and typography
  • Movement, orientation, and situational geography

Praise for Designing Information

"This is a terrific book.

"I began working with Joel Katz 40 years ago. We learned from observing each other, which allowed us to discover maps that lead to understanding.

"This volume is just that.

"The journey from not knowing to knowing is from ignorance to understanding, from complexity to clarification. This book was done by one of the few who have mastered what I used to call 'information architecture,' and what I perhaps should have called 'understanding architecture.'

"The book itself is a diagram of clarification, containing hundreds of examples of work by those who favor the communication of information over style and academic postulation—and those who don't.

"Many blurbs such as this are written without a thorough reading of the book. Not so in this case. I read it and love it.

"I suggest you do the same."

Richard Saul Wurman

"Synopsis" by , “The book itself is a diagram of clarification, containing hundreds of examples of work by those who favor the communication of information over style and academic postulation—and those who don’t. Many blurbs such as this are written without a thorough reading of the book. Not so in this case. I read it and love it. I suggest you do the same.“
—Richard Saul Wurman

“It is a dream book, we were waiting for…on the field of information. On top of the incredible amount of presented knowledge this is also a beautifully designed piece, very easy to follow…”
—Krzysztof Lenk, author of Mapping Websites: Digital Media Design

"Making complicated information understandable is becoming the crucial task facing designers in the 21st century. With Designing Information, Joel Katz has created what will surely be an indispensable textbook on the subject."
Michael Bierut

“Having had the pleasure of a sneak preview, I can only say that this is a magnificent achievement: a combination of intelligent text, fascinating insights and - oh yes - graphics. Congratulations to Joel.”
—Judith Harris, author of Pompeii Awakened: A Story of RediscoveryDesigning Information shows designers in all fields - from user-interface design to architecture and engineering - how to design complex data and information for meaning, relevance, and clarity. Written by a worldwide authority on the visualization of complex information, this full-color, heavily illustrated guide provides real-life problems and examples as well as hypothetical and historical examples, demonstrating the conceptual and pragmatic aspects of human factors-driven information design. Both successful and failed design examples are included to help readers understand the principles under discussion.

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