The digital age has brought inconceivable amounts of data to every aspect of our lives. While the Internet gives a sense of infinite freedom and instant access to valuable resources, navigating and understanding vast streams of information can be maddening. Designers are beginning to realize that what really matters is not just how good the homepage looks, but how quickly and easily information can be displayed, accessed and delivered, whether on the Web, in multimedia programs or on mobile phones and PDAs.
The book's principles and strategies are set out in four sections with examples and case studies:
Mapping shows how to display complex spaces in simple but comprehensive ways.
Informing analyzes the presentation of data gathered from such areas as communication, demographics and news.
Interacting visualizes a complex event, action or process, such as a chatroom conversation or a relationship between user and computer.
Exploring pushes today’s technology to its limits, demonstrating new ways to navigate a website or to work with the computer.
For any organization, home office or major media corporation, information design is one of the most important elements of success, and yet, even in an increasingly media-savvy age, it remains one of the most overlooked areas of graphics. With examples drawn from top information designers around the world, this book sets out to make a vital part of design available to everyone living and working in the digital age.
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