How can visual organization and information design be used to make sense of a complex world? How can we evaluate and make sense of words, text, signs and symbols? And how can the organzation of visual information inform good (and bad) decisions? How can it be used to learn something new, tell stories and build awareness about ourselves and the world we live in? We will be exploring these ideas in Design 3.

This course is an introduction to visual organization and information design. Students will explore different types of information and the modes of visual organization and representation. The class involves a studio and will draw upon previous design and technology skills from Design 1 and Design 2.

The objectives of this course are for students to:

• Develop a conceptual and practical understanding of visual organization.
• Develop an ability to demonstrate this conceptual understanding through design practice.
• Develop a repertoire of strategies for the visualization of a variety of kinds of information.
• Understand the implications that visual organization skills hold for the practice of design management.
• Understand and demonstrate a responsible, engaged and informed critique.
• Develop formal, craft and presentation skills in a manner that appropriately and successfully reflects and communicates intent.
• Understand the applicability of your knowledge of visual organization to your upper-level classes (Design Research Methods, Design Development, Senior Seminar and Thesis).