The people have spoken: No more boring documents

When looking to grab people’s attention, a well designed document is essential. Unfortunately, many documents continue to circulate that require some serious creative inspiration. When in the throes of a creative crisis, having an information designer close by is sure to lighten the burden –  as they are skilled in both technical writing and document design.

A well designed document is both beautiful and informative.

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Nowadays, design layouts must be created to succeed online. New technology affords designers the ability to expand their creative possibilities – which includes making their documents come to life. A fantastic example of this potential is the The New York Times‘ Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek –  which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

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After a few minutes, the small talk faded. Worries went unexpressed. “When you’re up on top of a peak like that, it’s usually hang out for a second, and then it’s momentum,” Castillo said. “You just kind of feel it. Everyone’s like: ‘O.K., we’re not here to hang out.

In terms of data visualization, Baur suggests, “Worry less about novelty in designing for interaction, and more about using it as a tool to offer readers an individualized experience”

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In his talk, Baur notes that he got these numbers from talks given by Times graphic editors Gregor Aisch and Archie Tse (you can find Aisch’s talk here and Tse’s talk here). Baur lead with these numbers not to depress people about the value of data visualization, but rather to bring up the question of how interactive designers can more effectively bring people to their work.

I think it’s safe to say that a well-thought-out, purposeful design will win out every time.

 

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Info Designers: The Solution to Your Problems

Information designers have the ability to take complex information and simplify it for the masses. In addition, information designers are capable of brainstorming innovative solutions to real-time problems. That being said, where do information designers fit in the fast-paced reality of the 21st century? With their skills in problem solving, technical writing, graphic design, information architecture, usability and wayfinding – to name a few – information designers are equipped with the knowledge and the skills to tackle any problem in any industry – making them a valued member on any team.

Information design at a glance:

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Information designers – and their ability to think innovatively – are continuing to become valuable members of interdisciplinary teams.

Thinking Beyond The Interface | Co.Design

Around 2010, designers the world over proclaimed Photoshop was dead in web design. We moved away from static comps, learned to prototype, and invested our time in tools like Sketch and Axure and designing directly in code. Pixel-perfect comps were finally dead, and it was awesome.

The skills of an information designer:

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As long as there are problems to be solved, design thinking will will continue to thrive.

 

Social Innovation Is the Future

Human-centred design is the way of the future. With so much information at our fingertips, how can we use our growing knowledge to implement lasting, meaningful change? Designing for social innovation will help move us toward brainstorming innovative solutions to solve pressing social issues.

IDEO continues to take the world by storm with its brilliance in human-centred design.

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How might we engage in human-centred design to redefine Canada’s homeless shelters?

This Building Is Redefining What A Homeless Shelter Means | Co.Design

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From the outside, Eva’s Phoenix-a new teen homeless shelter in downtown Toronto’s Fashion District-looks like a classic Art Deco brick warehouse. But inside, it’s organized like its own city, complete with a main street, townhouses, common “squares,” and more.

Human-centred design has the capacity to save lives.

This On-Demand Taxi Service Is Saving Expectant Mothers’ Lives In Tanzania

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In northern Tanzania, where distances between villages are vast, and less than a dozen ambulances service about 2 million people, being pregnant can be a death sentence. High-risk expectant mothers regularly fail to get medical attention because they can’t get to a hospital in time.

Being conscious of your surroundings and the people around you will open your eyes to potential possibilities for social innovation. People don’t always know what they want; innovators are the ones who are tasked with finding that out.

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

– Henry Ford