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Information Design Hardcover – 14 Jul 1999

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  • Hardcover: 370 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (14 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 026210069X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262100694
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 21 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"A wonderful resource compendium on the diverse landscape of information design. From theory to practice, the book is truly an effort in the 'design of understanding'"--Clement Mok, Chief Creative Officer, Sapient

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Preliminary Invitation to the Reader
INFORMATION DESIGN is the first comprehensive anthology on this topic to appear in over a decade. Contributors from 16 leading practitioners and scholars help to define the field, explore its theoretical and practical foundations, and discover how best to systematize and teach information design.

The foreward by Richard Saul Wurman sets a tone of thoughtful exploration and debate. INFORMATION DESIGN is less a how-to and more a deeper investigation of the soul of the information designer: the motivations and personal insights of experts who have been practicing information design long before it became popularized by the Internet and World Wide Web.

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By A Customer on 7 Aug. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book questions several so-called practicing experts on information design. Although some responses are sensible, most of the book's entries fail to stand by solid and structured ideas. Instead, most of the authors in this book ramble on about some rather horrible theories, while trying to prevent any criticism by including in their answers a lot of ifs and buts (Brenda Dervin: Chaos, Order, and Sense-Making.) While almost the entire book was a waste of time to read, the section by Romedi Passini (Sign-Posting Information Design) was enough to keep me from tossing the book. Read that section if any.
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Format: Hardcover
Aside from a wonderful dustjacket, this book unfortunately lacks real design and visual style. But don't let that put you off. This book travels a lot of time and space, most of it well -- from the history of Egyptian scribes to the future of online virtual worlds!
I'd have preferred two or three volumes to one try-to-be-everything text. Also, I sense a need for a magazine or online journal, to bring things up to immediate date. But overall, I was plenty impressed and satisfied with this book.
Clement Mok, a personal fav rave, on the dustjacket calls ID the "design of understanding." This book does a good job of it.
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Format: Hardcover
Unlike the previous reviewer, I actually read the book and especially its introduction. INFORMATION DESIGN fulfills its promise: it reveals what it means to be an information designer at an ethical, even emotional level. I was especially impressed by the diversity of the contributors and their willingness to express doubts as well as hopes for this emerging profession. INFORMATION DESIGN isn't exclusively a how-to book. More importantly, it helped me to understand what information design is and why it's done in the first place. This is a must-read for those of you who aspire to become or already are information designers. You have your work cut out for you!
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