Whether you’re a web designer or specialize in graphics, information design is one of the fundamental principles of usability and visual storytelling. A good grasp of information architecture enables you to create web designs, infographics and other data with a user-friendly presentation.
If you want to learn how to design user-friendly websites, create interactive infographics, redesign your navigation, visualize a dataset or simply brush up on visual communications and information architecture, the resources below can help you become a more effective designer.
9 Information Design Resources for Interaction, Infographics, Web Design & More
OnDemand Webcast: How to Make an Infographic: Data, Design, Distribute
We’re thrilled to announce that John T. Meyer, CEO & founder of the visual marketing firm Lemonly, has joined us yet again for another round of infographic design advice!
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s an infographic worth? The simple answer is a whole lot more. In this webinar, Meyer explores the power of infographics and how you can take advantage of them. This webinar focuses on the key elements of a successful infographic. You’ll learn the same recipe that Lemonly uses to make their sweet infographics—ones the firm produces for clients like Marriott, Toyota, PepsiCo, Major League Baseball, Salesforce, the United Nations and more. See some of Lemonly’s infographics here.
In this 1-hour webinar, John walks you through the three essential phases of creating a top-notch infographic: data, design and distribute. This accessible introduction to data visualization shows you how easy it is to get started. Get it here.
edited by R. Klanten, N. Bourquin, S. Ehmann
Data Flow 2 expands the definition of contemporary information graphics. The book features new possibilities for diagrams, maps, and charts and investigates the visual and intuitive presentation of processes and data. Eight comprehensive chapters illuminate how techniques such as simplification, abstraction, metaphor, and dramatization function. Data Flow 2 is a valuable reference offering practical advice, background, case studies, and inspiration.
Check out these images from inside Data Flow 2:
A HOW Expert Guide By Chris Butler
Website prototyping involves the creation of an interactive experience that effectively communicates the structure, information and functionality of a website in a way that enables the remaining steps in the process, specifically design and development, to proceed without the possibility of emerging on the other side with contradictory results. Essentially, prototyping means building a model of the website before you build the actual website. This guide explains the process and important things to keep in mind when prototyping your own website project. Get the full Expert Guide here.
Free Video: Creating Great Infographics
with Nathan Martin and Colin Miller
In the information age, infographics have become a legitimate way to deliver messaging—from the simplest to the most complex. An entire report can be distilled into something that resonates in a matter of minutes. Infographics can be incredibly creative, and can work for clients in any field or industry. While this all might be true, have you ever tried to tackle the information design process? Do you find it intimidating? In Creating Great Infographics, Nathan Martin and Colin Miller of the award-winning Pittsburgh-based agency Deeplocal, will breakdown the best ways to approach information design, how to take your clients through the process, and what works.
Watch the first 10 minutes of the webcast below, or dowload the entire webcast for free here.
by Steven Heller and Rick Landers
Get an inside look at different designers’ creative processes for making quality infographics with Infographic Designers’ Sketchbooks. Through data visualization, talented graphic designers can transform a significant amount of information into stunning infographics that are easily deciphered, engaging, and memorable. Instead of merely showing the finished products of these inspiring infographics, this guide reveals the private sketchbooks of more than 50 leading graphic designers and illustrators, offering a glimpse into their creative processes. With the brainstorming methods, doodles and drawings, 3D and digital mock-ups, and other entries, this collection reveals the art and craft behind infographic design. Get the book here.
Check out a few of the pages from inside this design book:
Online Course: Principles of Information Architecture
with Brian Miller
In this course, Brian Miller will give you a crash course on information architecture. He’ll take you through site map planning, wireframes, information hierarchy, and more. You’ll learn how to think about backgrounds, headers and footers, sidebars and features—everything that contributes to how intuitive a site is to navigate. You’ll see what works and why—and what to avoid. You’ll walk away with the ability to put yourself in the user’s shoes, and to think like an information architect.
By Jason Lankow, Ross Crooks, Josh Ritchie
In today’s fast-paced environment, you must communicate your message in a concise and engaging way that sets it apart from the noise. Visual content—such as infographics and data visualization—can accomplish this. With DIY functionality, Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling will teach you how to find stories in your data, and how to visually communicate and share them with your audience for maximum impact. Get the book here.
Take a peek inside this design book:
By Ellen Lupton
Whether you’re familiar with the name or not, Henry Dreyfuss is a figure most prominently remembered as the father of industrial design, as well as the pioneer of a user-centered approach to design and information design. In Beautiful Users by Ellen Lupton, discover various practices of UX design—an approach that prioritizes studying people’s behaviors and attitudes in order to develop successful products.
Information Architecture for Designers with David Sherwin
For the HOW Interactive Design Conference, we managed to land David Sherwin, author of the popular books Creative Workshop and Success By Design. David can be considered amongst the heavyweights of design, and in the presentation he gave at the conference he shares his insights on designing between websites and apps (and how your information structure needs to change accordingly). Download the session here or watch a clip from the presentation below: