Seeing the Differences: A New History of Information Design
March 11th, 12:00
Salle F900, Télécom ParisTech - 46 rue Barrault Paris 13 - Metro Corvisart (how to get there ?)
Information design is an art practiced by every human culture in every time period. Our design heritage should not be limited to Western examples nor should our appreciation of information design be limited to the practice of data visualization. This talk will illustrate how information design encompasses the selection and encoding of both qualitative and quantitative to serve nine general functions. We will explore information design history along these functional themes: - Cosmology and Theological Narrative - World, Kingdom and City Maps - Transportation - Genealogy and Lineage - Timelines - Scientific Explanation - Economic Trends - Mechanical Controls - Engineering & Business Process We will review a collection of design solutions from different time periods and cultures in light of these themes, with special attention to Scientific Explanation. Confronting and embracing these approaches to information design will help us learning from our collective past and grow as contemporary design practitioners.
Paul Kahn a practitioner and teacher in the Information Design & Visualization and the Experience Design MFA programs at Northeastern University. His portfolio includes clients in the biomedical field, literary publishers, large cultural institutions and international corporations in the US and Europe. He served as Experience Design Director at Mad*Pow from 2012-2018, where he worked in the technology and healthcare sectors. Before this he spent a decade working in the design community of Paris, France, where he created the first agency focused on information architecture. In the 1990s led Dynamic Diagrams, an information design agency in Providence RI and taught at Rhode Island School of Design. Early in our digital transformation, he did hypertext research at Brown University’s Institute for Research on Information and Scholarship where he served as director.
Previous Book: Mapping website ( https://www.amazon.fr/Mapping-Websites-Paul-Kahn/dp/2880464641/ )