Information Design and Visual Communication
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Audio and video interviews, lectures and presentations on information design and visual communication. Topics include design theory, needs assessment and analysis, information architecture, accessibility, content planning, visual design, and instructional design. Index by connexions • international professional communication journal | revista de comunicação profissional internacional (ISSN 1647-2373)
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Luke Wroblewski, "Keynote: Mobile First"

Description. For years, most Web teams have designed for the desktop. Mobile, if it even happened, was a port off the desktop version, designed and built before anyone even considered the mobile experience. This made perfect sense for a while. Browsing the Web on mobile phones was painful; carriers controlled access to the Web on their devices; and mobile network speeds made everything often grind to a halt. But things have changed so dramatically over the past few years that starting with the desktop may be an increasingly backwards way of thinking about a Web product. Designing for mobile first can not only open up new opportunities for growth, it can lead to a better overall user experience for a Web site or application. In this presentation, Luke Wroblewski will dig into the three key reasons to consider mobile first: mobile is seeing explosive growth; mobile forces you to focus; and mobile extends your capabilities


Keywords. Design, Interfaces, Mobile devices, Mobile applications, Desktop, Usage, Users


Type. Presentation | Format. Video | Language. en

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Jonathan Lazar, "Web Accessibility: Recent Research and Policy Activity"

Description. "Design guidelines and tools exist for making web sites accessible for people with disabilities, but a majority of corporate and government web sites continue to be inaccessible. For the U.S. Federal government, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that all web sites be accessible, however, a majority of Federal web sites are not in compliance, and site accessibility statements often provide little information. This presentation will provide information on recent research and recent policy activity related to web accessibility. Some recent research findings include studies of human interaction proofs, link structures, and web-based e-mail applications for blind users, and web browsing for expert users with Down syndrome. Some recent policy activities include the July memo from the Office of Management and Budget on Section 508 enforcement, the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the Justice Department on the accessibility of web information provided by entities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the administrative complaint filed against Penn State University due to inaccessible campus technology."

Keywords. Disability, Web accessibility, Human-computer interaction

Type. Presentation | Format. Video | Language. en

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Genevieve Bell, "Context is Everything"

Description. "Answering the question, “where are you,” seems perfectly straightforward. It is on the surface a question about location. However, location is not a straightforward as: I am here. Many of us own digital devices, services and applications that tell us where we are and where we should be going, or tell others where we say we are, or at least where might wish we were. In a world of GPS, 4-square, facebook places, checking in and google maps, how do we think about where we are? In this talk, Genevieve uses a series of ethnographic moments to challenge our notions of location, direction, and place to suggest some other ways of making sense of where we might be."


Keywords. Location, Wayfinding, Stories, Cultural anthropology

Type. Presentation | Format. Video| Language. en

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Karen Schriver, "Reading on the web, implications for online information design"

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Description. Over the past few decades information design has been in transition—moving from the creation of mainly paper-based communications to today’s mix of paper and electronic artifacts. Information designers’ repertoire must now include visual and verbal strategies for the Web. This shift in media compels us to ask what reading looks like in an electronic environment and to reconsider how people might engage with our content. To design effective electronic communications requires not only good writing and visual design but also an understanding of reading on the Web 


Keywords
. Reading, Information design, Technology, Rhetoric, Users


Type. Presentation (lecture) | Format. Video | Language. en

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Don Norman, "Living With Complexity"

Description. "Don Norman speaks about complexity in everyday life and how design helps us understand and cope with complexity. Norman gives many examples of complexity and design working together to create understanding for the consumer and asks, “Why do we need complexity? Because what we really want is understanding, so, it’s about design.”"

Keywords. Complexity, Information design, Marketing, Users

Type. Presentation (lecture)| Format. Video | Language. en

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