Information Design books

14 Jun 2008 - 8:00pm
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Jack L. Moffett

I'm planning a course for the Fall, and I'd like suggestions. I taught
a masters-level course last year titled "Information Design &
Visualization". I used Tufte's "The Visual Display of Quantitative
Information" and "Ambient Findability" by Peter Morville. This coming
year, the course will be taught to graphic design seniors. I'm
definitely going to use Tufte again, but I'd like a better companion
book—one that talks about the field of Information Design.

I'm considering "Information Design" by Richard Saul Wurman and Robert
Jacobson and "Information Design Workbook" by Kim Baer. I haven't read
either of them yet. If anyone has recommendations for these or other
books, I'd like to hear them.


Jack L. Moffett
Interaction Designer
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The details are not the details.
They make the design.

-Charles Eames


15 Jun 2008 - 10:09pm
Dan Saffer

On Jun 14, 2008, at 6:00 PM, Jack Moffett wrote:

> If anyone has recommendations for these or other books, I'd like to
> hear them.

For an infoviz book with an interaction design spin, how about Ben
Fry's Visualizing Data?



15 Jun 2008 - 11:20pm
Jeff Howard

Hi Jack,

I've got the Jacobson book and it's an important reference, but I
think it'd be more appropriate for your Masters-level class. It's
been a while since I've read it but it's comprised mostly of
scholarly essays. I've taught senior-level graphic design students
and, browsing through the book again tonight, it doesn't strike me
as the kind of thing that would go over at all.

You might take a look at Wurman's Information Anxiety 2. It seems
like it might be a little more accessible for your audience.

// jeff

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