How can design be visually striking and yet concise, to the point, and supremely functional? How can all of the elements of information design combine to create something that is visually powerful, but also invisible to the user, because it communicates rather than calls attention to its design? Section by section, and discipline by discipline, The Information Design Handbook gives designers a design palette, an inspirational showcase, and a grounding in practical principles. The Information Design Handbook is crammed with case studies, boxouts, trouble-shooting tips, colour wheels, typographical dos and don ts, and essential design principles to explain all of the keys to creating information graphics whether those designs are up close and intended to guide the user around a publication or document, help them plan their lives, or be viewed from afar to guide someone around a physical environment. Importantly, this comprehensive desktop reference will also look at how to integrate different types of information design into an overall information design scheme for organizations within the public sector, retail, transport, and so on. The best information design often goes unnoticed by the viewer because it conveys information so effectively. This book celebrates graphics that are exemplars of communication and aesthetics, and reveals and explodes the thought processes and design skills behind them.