How can information be organized in design and why it is important to understand the topic before designing?
Camden, New Jersey:
- Built a giant blocky model of city because book couldn’t represent it well (very chaotic)
-Actually never created the project
- “even a vital science like nutrition has conventions that obscure its simplest principals”
- diagrammed calorie through use of pie chart, but realized there were issues (ie all calories were not the same) and the pie symbols could “clearly mark the parts”
- Plate Tectonics: Diagram for a book-had the man show him how plates move with paper around a globe- “plate tectonics was reduced to manageable scale in my mind”.
- a series of 100 skinny, six page guides to world’s greatest novels
- diagram: of main characters/plot AKA CONTENT SUBTRACTION-to get down to the bare ideas. Then, they can be manipulated to design.
- redesigned the American Heritage Dictionary
- Sense-label dictionary: phrases are added to group different meanings of the word, easier to see/understand (Separate it into different gropus that are easier to understand). Made context pictures for less easliy grouped groups
- Did not work. “if we can’t name it, we can’t sell it”
The New Book of Knowledge
- How can you get an encyclopedia to explain
- toilet tank example
- Create for print & electronic
- PRINT: content was in three horizontal bands (details on top, images in middle and text on bottom)
- top separations: “created access routes across the subject”-links all subjects