Information Design (Online)
Information design is all around us - from our food labeling, weather charts and all those PowerPoint presentations which we endure. We are perfectly able to decode this information. But how do we ‘encode’ information so that it clearly communicates...
Taught by: Benedict Richards.
Information design is all around us - from our food labeling, weather charts and all those PowerPoint presentations which we endure. We are perfectly able to decode this information. But how do we ‘encode’ information so that it clearly communicates. We have all experienced (and been frustrated by) badly designed information design - how do we avoid repeating these errors of judgement?
This course is for for beginners and will introduce to you: design elements; design principles; their application to basic chart types. This is not about being original - it is about being good. Although you will be using software, this is not a software course - it is about the underlying principles of effective communication.
This course will be taught over University of the Arts London's online platform. Each session will last two hours, home work assignments will be set for completion between classes. Please note all times are UK time (please check the local time when you book). To find out more about how online courses are taught please visit our Online Courses pages.
- Elements and principles of design
- Ways to organise information
- Chart types
- Structuring information
- Common flaws
- Principles of perception
- Qualitative and quantitive issues
By the end of this course you should be able to:
- understand and use the principles of information design
- assess information design and have the capacity to improve upon it
- make diagrams using an appropriate chart type
- create information design that appeals, is understandable and helps people retain information
Who should attend
Anyone who wants to create clear information design (eg, charts, diagrams or ‘infographics’) or have an understanding of how to use it.
This course is great if you are a designer or develop who works with data and information graphics. Or you maybe someone who works with information. You do not need any previous design experience. You may work with data for policy, business or campaigns.
Beginner: You do not need any previous experience. Although you will be using software, this is not a software course - it is about the underlying principles of effective communication.
Follow Up Courses
After you have completed this course you may be interested in Social Media Marketing (Online) or Practical Public Relations (Online). We also run this course in the classroom as "Infographic Storytelling".
Benedict Richards has taught part time for twenty years at the LCC. Alongside the teaching he runs his own practice called ‘Graphicacy’ whose remit is to not only make a client's information extremely clear and coherent but to make it look good too. He has run his own business for the last ten years and freelanced for over ten years before that. The last two years have seen him employing students directly from the courses on which he teaches. His clients tend to be charities, small businesses and small publishers - he is unashamedly a foot soldier of graphic design.