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Sh*t Stories Matter

Design has changed. And designers’ role has changed too. The Future of Design Education Group describes designers as “starting to address some of the major societal issues facing the planet.” Challenges of this complexity need creativity, original ideas and fresh

Sh*t Stories Matter

Design has changed. And designers’ role has changed too. The Future of Design Education Group describes designers as “starting to address some of the major societal issues facing the planet.” Challenges of this complexity need creativity, original ideas and fresh

How to do field research from home

The last four months have been busy for Sense Information Design. We have been working on two big user research projects. The first project involved an evaluative research study, and the second one an exploratory research study. In both cases,

How to do field research from home

The last four months have been busy for Sense Information Design. We have been working on two big user research projects. The first project involved an evaluative research study, and the second one an exploratory research study. In both cases,

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

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

Creativity + Happiness + Wellbeing

As a designer, creativity has been an intrinsic part of my life since a very early age. However, I didn’t become fully aware of the impact that this way of thinking and related skills have had, not only, in my

Creativity + Happiness + Wellbeing

As a designer, creativity has been an intrinsic part of my life since a very early age. However, I didn’t become fully aware of the impact that this way of thinking and related skills have had, not only, in my

Design Education 3.0: challenges and learnings

Last month I travelled all the way to Patras, Greece to attend the 7th International Conference on Typography & Visual Communication (ICTVC) at the University of Patras. To address this year’s theme focused on challenging design paths, I presented an analysis of how design education and,

Design Education 3.0: challenges and learnings

Last month I travelled all the way to Patras, Greece to attend the 7th International Conference on Typography & Visual Communication (ICTVC) at the University of Patras. To address this year’s theme focused on challenging design paths, I presented an analysis of how design education and,

Now I See: Making Visual Sense Exhibit

  If you are around Princeton, NJ this summer, check out Now I See: Making Visual Sense exhibit! This exhibit features a selection of Princeton students’ exercises and projects from EGR 381: Design for Understanding. This class introduces students to information design, and

Now I See: Making Visual Sense Exhibit

  If you are around Princeton, NJ this summer, check out Now I See: Making Visual Sense exhibit! This exhibit features a selection of Princeton students’ exercises and projects from EGR 381: Design for Understanding. This class introduces students to information design, and

Design pillars: understanding, intention, consistency

Design education provides the theoretical foundation to understand why a design solution can be effective and why another solution is most likely to be misleading. This knowledge helps designers use design principles and visual skills with intention and in a

Design pillars: understanding, intention, consistency

Design education provides the theoretical foundation to understand why a design solution can be effective and why another solution is most likely to be misleading. This knowledge helps designers use design principles and visual skills with intention and in a

Event: Understanding and Designing for People

How can you help people understand something complex if you don’t understand people first? Rather than rely on intuition or assumptions, information designers need evidence gathered from real people about how they think, feel, and behave in order to inform

Event: Understanding and Designing for People

How can you help people understand something complex if you don’t understand people first? Rather than rely on intuition or assumptions, information designers need evidence gathered from real people about how they think, feel, and behave in order to inform