CS 4634 – Design of Information


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Read This Regularly!

o        designerobserver.com has the best readings about design. Everyone should read this at least once a week.

Learning web development tools

o        The Innovation Space is the place to go to produce, transfer, edit, etc. non-textual content. It is also a place to find a machine with Dreamweaver and other web design tools.

o        w3schools is the first place to look to learn the basics (and the fine details!) of website tools; webmonkey is another.

Information architecture

o        Boxes and Arrows is a blog devoted to IA issues with some great articles on IA and site design.

o        The Information Architecture Institute is an organization of IA practitioners. membership is $20 / year for US students. Lots of very timely and useful articles and services.

o        Usable Web Lots links about Web design, IA, and usability.

Design Skills

o       Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook (Greenberg, et. al.) A great resource for leaning how to see and do design. If I taught 3724, this would be the textbook -- and Iam considering adding it as a required text in future versions of this course.

o       Golombisky, K., & Hagen, R. (2010). White Space is Not Your Enemy: A Beginner's Guide to Communicating Visually through Graphic, Web and Multimedia Design. New York: Focal Press.

Public Information Display

o        Urbanscreens - a mostly European movement to place large information displays in public places like plazas and town squares as a public good (such as the display of art work and public service announcements) rather than advertising

Visual and information design examples

o      Ed Tufte and his many books on visual display of quantitative information are essential reading and references.

o      Information is Beautiful is a great site to explore approaches to information visualization.

o      John Maeda's Laws of Simplicity are the first line of aesthetic and interaction evaluation for information systems.

o       Jonathon Harris designs what has been called the soul of the internet. In particular look at his "We feel" , www.wordcount.org, 10x10 (no, not Powers of Ten), love lines, and time capsule.

o      AIA SOLOSO an interesting mash-up design using Javascript and Flash to provide both an animated mind-map of connected ideas and a set of categories (controlled vocabulary) that feeds a search engine for articles in its database.

o      GUIMP.COM is the worlds tiniest (at least in pixels) website.

o      Saul Bass was a great graphic designer who died before there was an Internet or websites. This website showcases his work in film, film credits, posters, logos, and general graphic design.

o      Stefan Sagmeister is a wild-man of graphic design.

o      The Blu Dot clock is not an interface, but a simple clock that puts up a different image every minute. This reinforces the sense of time passing and since some images are more interesting than others creates anticipation.

o      Minimal design is an approach that sues lots of white space to make its point, Hive is a good example. The Apple website tries, but has become a bit less minimal in recent years.

Right brain drawing:

o      Edwards, B. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Left brain drawing:

o    Sketching User Experiences: The Workbook (Greenberg, et. al.) As well as being a great design textbook, it will each good left-brain drawing techniques.

o     Dan Roam, The Back of the Napkin is the most accessible text on visual thinking and the basis for our conceptual design phase of work.

o      Hanks & Belliston, Rapid Viz try to get the second edition

o      Woolsey, Kim & Curtis, VizAbility

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