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The inside story of how scientists, designers, cognitive experts and communication specialists co-designed the key visualizations of what has been called the most important climate report of the 21st century.

Anna Pirani :: Co-designing the IPCC special report, Part 1

Angela Morelli :: Co-designing the IPCC special report, Part 2

Panel discussion :: Co-designing the IPCC special report, Part 3


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In summer 2018 Christian Bjørnæs, the communication director at CICERO, the Centre for International Climate Research, got in touch to share an interesting project proposal.

Scientists Monica Bjermeland was at the end of exploring a research question whose answer would have been of interest of many, in connection with the launch of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change 1.5°C Report.

What are the origins of the 1.5°C target?

This question became for us the opportunity of an intense journey that showed to the stakeholders involved in the project how crucial it is to co-design with scientists and to trust the design process, searching for good questions before hunting for solutions. …


The value of Design. Visualised.

Future Earth, the University of Tokyo and the Stockholm Resilience Centre have launched a call for Sustainable Development Goal Labs (SDG Labs) in advance of the Resilience 2017 conference and International Conference on Sustainability Science. The goal is looking for brilliant ideas with potential to make major breakthroughs on the SDGs.

Of the 331 lab proposals 21 have been selected as winning entries: 10 proposals will require fundings, 11 proposals will not require any additional funding.

IndoDesignLab’s proposal, ‘The value of Design. Visualised.’ has been selected among the 11.

The problem we will try to solve

More than 30 years ago, Charles Eames, the American multidisciplinary designer, was asked, ‘What are the boundaries of design?’. He replied, ‘What are the boundaries of problems?’. The boundaries of the problems humanity is facing today are entangled and complex and the SDGs remind us that they are interconnected and rooted in the choices we make in our everyday lives: how we eat, how we consume energy, or form relationships. …


The key messages from a systematic review in a concise format

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In 2011 InfoDesignLab began collaborating with scientists at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo and became a partner in the DECIDE project, which ran from January 2011 to December 2015. The project was co-funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme and the objective is “to improve the dissemination of evidence-based recommendations”.

One of the outputs we worked on for five year is the interactive Summary of Findings tables, the next generation of summary of findings tables designed for a range of audiences: clinicians, policy makers or the public. …


“Dr. Hoenikker used to say that any scientist who couldn’t explain to an eight-year-old what he was doing was a charlatan.” Dr Breed in Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

InfoDesignLab brought our design experience to an international collaboration of scientists, public health experts, designers, communicators and educators on Informed Health Choices, a project with the goal of empowering people to make informed decisions about their health.

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Good health and well-being depends on making good choices. Making good choices, in turn, depends on our ability to access different sources of information and judge their reliability. This can be difficult when we constantly hear claims, sometimes contradictory ones, about things that can improve or harm our health. Often, health claims lack the information we need to assess their reliability. We are expected to accept the claim without thinking critically about the quality of information behind it. …


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The Water We Eat is the info-graphic story that allows you to discover your invisible water consumption

Ten years ago I fell in love with the concept of virtual water and I could not imagine I was going to undertake a journey full of so many encounters. I could not imagine that, from that point on, my personal and professional compasses would point so firmly in the same direction.

That journey has been a catalyst for two major discoveries: the way we use water and the power of design. I became a more conscious water-user and I became aware of how powerful information design can be in communicating data with clarity and beauty to enhance understanding.

For years I had been bombarded with powerful advertising campaigns that urged me to save water while brushing my teeth or while flushing the toilet. That is extremely important, but water scientists tell us that a big problem lies in what we eat, in how we produce what we eat, in how we trade what we eat, and in how much food we waste. …


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We have spent the last 15 years providing bespoke information design support to scientists, journalists, businesses, organisations and individuals, making scientific knowledge more effective and accessible to wider audiences across many platforms. Our mission is to use information design as a force for good. We aim to create a positive impact on our society and environment by building bridges between science, decision makers, the private sector and the public.

We believe that information is powerful only if can be understood; that understanding precedes action and change; and that information design can play a unique role in explaining complexity, facilitating understanding and democratising knowledge. …


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We run hands-on workshops for designers and non-designers, for scientists and journalists, for businesses and organizations who work in an environment that requires presenting information in effective and creative ways.

We are experienced and charismatic public speakers and we love sharing our projects in the field of information design and data visualisation in order to build a cross-disciplinary community.

  1. We teach at Central St Martins University in London
    We are planning a new course for fall 2020
  2. We teach at DOGA, The Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture
    We are planning a new course for September 2020
  3. We teach at AHO, The Oslo School of Architecture and…


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Information Design and Data Visualisation, Centre for Design and Architecture, Oslo Ph. Therese Stigen

Where we are and when.

Future Events

On Line Pre S-H-O-W event: Rules in DataViz
September 2020

Masterclass in Information Design and Data Visualization
Centre for Design and Architecture, Oslo, September 2020

Past Events

Designing for Tuesday — Kommunikasjonsdagen 2020
Clarion Hotel The Hub, Oslo, March 2020

How Information Design can contribute to the transition towards a sustainable future for Norway and the world
Sentralen, Oslo, March 2020

Fifty-second Session of the IPCC (IPCC-52)
Unesco, Paris, 24–28 February 2020

Data needs poetry
Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Oslo, January 2020

Information Design and Data Visualization
Centre for Design and Architecture, Oslo, December…


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A colossal 92 percent of the total global water consumption is nearly all used in food production

If you have wondered if there is enough water to support a future global population of 9 billion people, the good news is that the answer is yes. But only if we eat sensibly, we don’t waste food and, most of all, we support our farmers.

When I started my fascinating journey through the world of communicating water science, I never imagined what I was about to discover.

discovery n° 1:
blue versus green

I thought there was one color for water: blue. But water scientists tell you that there are two: blue and green.

Blue water is the water in rivers, streams, lakes, underground reservoirs. It can be diverted from rivers or pumped from groundwater. …

About

angela morelli

Co-founder, CEO, Information Designer, Info-Activist, Lecturer, Science Communicator, YGL-WEF| infodesignlab.com

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