Exploring Misinformation in Visual Design Echoed in the Social Web

By Charmaine Banach.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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Published online: April 11, 2014 $US5.00

Misinformation can be defined as false information with the intent to deceive an audience. This can be seen in food labels that claim a product is “lite” implying calorie reduction when that product may not have fewer calories than similar foods. Marketing efforts seem to embrace tactics that play on a person’s emotions rather than offering concrete information about a product or service. Online reviews were supposed to circumvent marketing, giving unbiased opinion power to the consumers. Facebook and Pint rest were supposed to be purely social endeavors that did not mix business ventures or news. The social web increasingly offers less trustworthy information yet is more trusted by its users. A similar paradox is seen in the world of visual and graphic design.

Keywords: Interaction, Social, Web

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 7, Issue 2, April 2014, pp.103-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 11, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 416.887KB)).

Professor Charmaine Banach

Assistant Professor, Interactive Digital Design, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT, USA

Throughout her fifteen years of professional experience in the design industry, I have worked as a web designer, animator, and educator, both nationally and internationally, for her own and other design studios. She is also active in the local design community and hold a position on the AIGA Connecticut Executive Board of Directors as the membership director. She currently holds a tenure track position at Quinnipiac University in interactive digital design. Previously, Banach taught at Youngstown State University, the University of Iowa, and the Pittsburgh Art Institute online.