Designing Information: Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 20, 2012 - Design - 224 pages
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"The book itself is a diagram of clarification, containing hundredsof examples of work by those who favor the communication ofinformation over style and academic postulation—and those whodon't. Many blurbs such as this are written without a thoroughreading of the book. Not so in this case. I read it and love it. Isuggest you do the same."
—Richard Saul Wurman

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

"It is a dream book, we were waiting for…on the field ofinformation. On top of the incredible amount of presented knowledgethis is also a beautifully designed piece, very easy tofollow…"
—Krzysztof Lenk, author of Mapping Websites:Digital Media Design

"Making complicated information understandable is becoming thecrucial task facing designers in the 21st century. WithDesigning Information, Joel Katz has created what willsurely be an indispensable textbook on the subject."
Michael Bierut

"Having had the pleasure of a sneak preview, I can only say thatthis is a magnificent achievement: a combination of intelligenttext, fascinating insights and - oh yes - graphics. Congratulationsto Joel."
—Judith Harris, author of Pompeii Awakened: A Storyof Rediscovery

Designing Information shows designers in all fields -from user-interface design to architecture and engineering - how todesign complex data and information for meaning, relevance, andclarity. Written by a worldwide authority on the visualization ofcomplex information, this full-color, heavily illustrated guideprovides real-life problems and examples as well as hypotheticaland historical examples, demonstrating the conceptual and pragmaticaspects of human factors-driven information design. Both successfuland failed design examples are included to help readers understandthe principles under discussion.
 

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Contents

Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design Introduction
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Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design Chapter 1 Aspects of Information Design The nature of information
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Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design Chapter 2 Qualitative Issues Perceptions conventions proximity
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Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design Chapter 3 Quantitative Issues Dimensionality comparison numbers scale
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Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design Chapter 4 Structure OrganizationType Hierarchy and visual grammar
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Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design Chapter 5 Finding Your Way? Movement orientation situational geography
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Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design Chapter 6 Documents Stories inventories notes
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Joel Katz is an internationally known informationdesigner and authority on the visualization of complex information.He teaches information design at The University of the Arts inPhiladelphia. His design work is in the collections of the Museumof Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York and the Museumof Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto. His photography has been exhibitedin the United States and Europe. He is coauthor, with AlinaWheeler, of Brand Atlas and is a founding member of AIGAPhiladelphia.

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