Fresh Dialogue 9

In/Visible: Graphic Data Revealed

AIGA New York Chapter

     6.5 × 9 in (16.5 × 22.9 cm)
128 pages
130 color illustrations
Publication date: 4/27/2009
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568988160

Each year, the New York chapter of the AIGA invites a group of emerging designers to participate in the Fresh Dialogue forum. In/Visible: Graphic Data Revealed brings together a diverse group of information graphics designers for a lively discussion about the challenges they face visualizing information. Steve Duenes manages the New York Times print and online graphics department; Andrew Kuo attempts to categorize unmeasurable human emotions through meticulous charts and diagrams; Fernanda Viagas of IBM's Visual Communication Lab is the cocreator of the Many Eyes social website that encourages members to upload, interpret, and revisualize one another's data. Their discussion, moderated by Rhode Island School of Design president John Maeda, covers a range of current and anticipated trends in visual journalism, including issues such as data integrity and visual ethics, judicious simplicity versus seductive complexity, and the ever-increasing demand for dynamic information. As designers, they share an amazing ability to empower readers by translating complicated data into visual ideas whose understanding we all depend on to make sense of our everyday world.

The American Institute for Graphic Design (AIGA) is the professional association for design, where designers can exchange ideas and information. It is the oldest and largest membership association for professionals engaged in the discipline of design. Founded in 1914, it currently represents 22,000 designers through national activities and local programs developed by 59 chapters. AIGA/NY is the New York chapter of the organization.

John Maeda is a graphic designer, computer scientist, and author. He is the current president of the Rhode Island School of Design. His books include Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code, Design by Numbers, among others.

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