Author Archives: sheilapontis

Clear Communication Matters

When people think about information design, they often think about the creation of information graphics or visual explanations, but not so much about the presentation of ideas or the creation of stories (e.g. PPT or PDF presentations). But, stories also

Clear Communication Matters

When people think about information design, they often think about the creation of information graphics or visual explanations, but not so much about the presentation of ideas or the creation of stories (e.g. PPT or PDF presentations). But, stories also

Teaching Information Design and Research Virtually: Challenges & Learnings

The last week of class before spring break was challenging. I went to sleep prepared to go teach my class the next day, and when I woke up, everything was changed: campus was close and classes had been moved online

Teaching Information Design and Research Virtually: Challenges & Learnings

The last week of class before spring break was challenging. I went to sleep prepared to go teach my class the next day, and when I woke up, everything was changed: campus was close and classes had been moved online

What is effective information design?

This post is based on my Week 2 class for EGR381: Design for Understanding this semester. Cognitive-neuroscience is one of the core building blocks of information design. Understanding how we learn and process information is as essential to effectively design

What is effective information design?

This post is based on my Week 2 class for EGR381: Design for Understanding this semester. Cognitive-neuroscience is one of the core building blocks of information design. Understanding how we learn and process information is as essential to effectively design

Design Thinking isn’t for everyone

Design thinking (DT) has been hot topic for a while, and many people advocate for it arguing that this approach can help solve any problems. While there is a lot written and said about the approach and the methods, and

Design Thinking isn’t for everyone

Design thinking (DT) has been hot topic for a while, and many people advocate for it arguing that this approach can help solve any problems. While there is a lot written and said about the approach and the methods, and

Final Step: Designing Your Ideal Experience

What does the ideal college experience look like for freshman students just twelve weeks into their first semester? How could colleges support that experience? After eight weeks of self-reflection, metacognitive activities and creativity exercises, students in my Creativity seminar answered

Final Step: Designing Your Ideal Experience

What does the ideal college experience look like for freshman students just twelve weeks into their first semester? How could colleges support that experience? After eight weeks of self-reflection, metacognitive activities and creativity exercises, students in my Creativity seminar answered

Step 3: Using Analogies

In previous posts, I wrote about two important steps involved in the creativity journey that students explored in my creativity freshman seminar in the Fall: Coloring outside and beyond the lines, and moving from unconscious to conscious levels. This post

Step 3: Using Analogies

In previous posts, I wrote about two important steps involved in the creativity journey that students explored in my creativity freshman seminar in the Fall: Coloring outside and beyond the lines, and moving from unconscious to conscious levels. This post

A Decade of Learnings

I started this blog in July 2009 as a way to share my learnings and struggles on my PhD research about the London Underground Map, diagrams and design methods. Looking back at the posts published throughout the last decade, it

A Decade of Learnings

I started this blog in July 2009 as a way to share my learnings and struggles on my PhD research about the London Underground Map, diagrams and design methods. Looking back at the posts published throughout the last decade, it