Information and Experience Designer Paul Kahn has been teaching information design history for many years and explored a global perspective into the history of information design together with his students. He has recently published an exciting new series exploring global information design on Nightingale, the Journal of the Data Visualization Society. Paul writes:
Global information design embraces the visualizations of qualitative data such as expressions of social hierarchy, cultural beliefs, and values, as well as visualization of quantitative data, such as economic trends and scientific explanation. We can broaden our view of information design by following the pathways of its intended use. Exploring the history of how we visualize cosmology and timelines, transportation networks and family lineage, is as informative for current data visualization practice as the mastery of programming libraries and cognitive science. Studying examples of information design from many time periods and many cultures helps us understand how we shape patterns of difference into hierarchies and networks to create that chart, story, or graphic from the patterns that connect.
Access the articles through the links below.
Part 6 – City Maps: Ways to View the Polis