Design as Information: How May Design and Information Relate?

By Jennie Schaeffer and Carina Andersson.

Published by The Design Collection

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According to Pettersson (2002), design may be a process and/or the result of the process, a product. The area of design is multidisciplinary and involves several notions. One is in the subject field of Information Design, which includes language, communication, art, cognition and information science (ibid). These disciplines refer to the concept of information differently. There is therefore a need for a fruitful theory of information, terms and concepts in order to enrich the reasoning of design as information. Bates (2006) presents a definition of information and several fundamental information forms. There, she offers a theoretical framework, the main core of which is that information may take different forms related to architecture, graphic design, interior design, and interface design, etc. Such a framework may contribute to understanding the meaning of design. Bates’ theory is applied in a study involving spatial design in industrial environments. The conclusions of the study illustrates how design and information relate to a design process and a design product that enriches the understanding of the meaning of design.

Keywords: Design, Information, Information Design, Architecture, Graphic Design, Interface Design, Industrial Environments

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.161-172. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.332MB).

Jennie Schaeffer

Lecturer and PhD Student, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Maelardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden

Andersson Jennie Lecturer in Spatial Design -Information Design at Maelardalen University since 2006. Jennie Andersson is currently writing her licentiate thesis in the subject field of Information Design. The working title is Spatial Design in Industrial Environments.

Carina Andersson

Lecturer and PhD Student, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Maelardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden

Lecturer in Information Design at Maelardalen University since 2002. Licentiate thesis: Experiences of messages: Case Studies of How Users Experience and Understand User Interface Information.

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