My Dissertation in Information Design

Here's the PDF and the abstract of my dissertation: Users of academic libraries can find the experience of searching for books difficult, especially when they have little experience in the use of a particular library building. This dissertation studied, by means of a field test in the library of the University of Reading, the elements involved … Continue reading My Dissertation in Information Design

What information design is

The Information Design Conference this year (12th and 13th of april) started with a great (in my opinion) presentation of Per Mollerup, Professor of Communication Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Basically, he introduced many concepts or elements that are part of information design as a discipline and that we were going to hear many … Continue reading What information design is

A little complement to the book of forms

So forms are essential for trade and government from a communicational but also organisational point of view. In the past, forms helped develop industry but, as a consequence of this, they contributed to enhance and enlarge (the abhorred) bureaucracy. Many examples of rather new forms can be seen in Schwesinger's book. In addition, in his chapter … Continue reading A little complement to the book of forms

Notes on Schwesinger’s book of forms

Before starting with the form analysis, the author establishes 9 fundamental rules for form designers. These rules are: Learn to love forms Take forms seriously Get to know your users Take your users seriously Learn how providers think Think how providers think Give forms identity and style Leave nothing to chance Do not give users … Continue reading Notes on Schwesinger’s book of forms

Notes on Donald Norman’s book Emotional Design: Why we love (or hate) everyday things

Donal Norman is an academic of cognitive science, computer science, design and usability engineering. His approach to user-centred design in his previous books was focused in usability, trying to figure out, from a scientific perspective, what makes something a good or bad design. He didn’t take emotions into account, only usability and functions from a … Continue reading Notes on Donald Norman’s book Emotional Design: Why we love (or hate) everyday things