Typography 3: Info Systems

The communication of information within the design of complex data visualization (such as charts, diagrams, maps, and other forms) requires a focus on research, evaluation and interpretation of verbal/written content, typographic details, graphic refinement, aesthetic consistency, and an understanding of intention/purpose/function: how the communication will be used and experienced, and who its audience will be. This course answers the following questions: What are the graphic and typographic options for visualizing information and data? What factors must the designer consider when choosing one form of information communication over another? How can the designer maximize effective access to and enhance understanding of complex visual information through the use of rigorously considered and consistent typography and graphic approaches? How does an information-dense communication live as a design element within its broader context and forms (print, web, apps, or the built environment)?