Challenge and Success: Information Design at Mount Royal University

By Glenn Ruhl.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

Information designers make the complex simple. It’s an important skill, because the pace of change in communications is accelerating. Special interest publishing sites; evolving markets for print, broadcast and web; rapid growth in the multi-media and virtual environments; and the merging roles of writers, editors, publishers, printers, broadcasters and distributors — each of these trends is making effective communication more complex. Mount Royal University’s Bachelor of Communication — Information Design degree is the only major of its kind in Western Canada. This paper presents a discussion of the challenges and successes the new information design degree, now in its third year, has faced in preparing students in the art and science of “designing” information.

Keywords: Information Design, Mount Royal University, Baccaleureate Degree, Challenge, Success

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.477-482. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 888.454KB).

Dr. Glenn Ruhl

Associate Professor and Program Chair, Information Design, Faculty of Communication Studies, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Writing and design have always played a large part in my career. One of my earliest projects was to design the logo for the college hockey team I was coaching. I hold BA and MA degrees from Gonzaga University and a PhD from Oregon State University. As program chair of the Information Design program in the Faculty of Communication Studies at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, I teach information design foundations, rhetoric and ethics. I am fascinated with how writing, research and design emerge and develop beyond traditional boundaries.


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