Definitions of information design

STC Information Design SIG
www.stcsig.org/id

The field of information design applies traditional and evolving design principles to the process of translating complex, unorganized, or unstructured data into valuable, meaningful information.

The practice of information design requires an interdisciplinary approach which combines skills in graphic design, writing and editing, instructional design, human performance technology, and human factors.####
IIID
www.iiid.net/Definition-e.html#1.e

Information design is the defining, planning, and shaping of the contents of a message and the environments it is presented in with the intention of achieving particular objectives in relation to the needs of users.####
Saul Carliner
saulcarliner.home.att.net/id/newmodel.htm#definition

Preparing communication products so that they achieve performance objectives established for them. This involves:

  1. Analyzing communication problems
  2. Establishing performance objectives that, when achieved, address these objectives
  3. Developing a blueprint for a communication effort to address those objectives
  4. Developing the components of the planned communication effort solution
  5. Evaluating the ultimate effectiveness of the effort

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whatis.com
whatis.techtarget.com/definition/…

Information design is the detailed planning of specific information that is to be provided to a particular audience to meet specific objectives.####
Nathan Shedroff
www.nathan.com/thoughts/unified/2.html

Information Design addresses the organization and presentation of data: its transformation into valuable, meaningful information.####
InfoDesign
www.bogieland.com/infodesign/whatis.html

A collection; not repro’d here.####
Information Design Atelier
home.earthlink.net/~castelnet/info/InfoDesign/idt.html

Information design (ID) is the technology aimed at structuring information in artifacts so as to make it available and optimally useful.
####Kelake on Information Design
www.kelake.org/articles/id/definition.html

Information design is concerned with transforming data into information, making the complex easier to understand and to use. It is a rapidly growing discipline that draws on typography, graphic design, applied linguistics, applied psychology, applied ergonomics, computing, and other fields. It emerged as a response to people’s need to understand and use such things as forms, legal documents, computer interfaces and technical information.

They consider the selection, structuring and presentation of the information provider’s message in relation to the purposes, skills, experience, preferences and circumstances of the intended users. To do this they need specialist knowledge and skills in graphic communication and typography, the psychology of reading and learning, human-computer interaction, usability research and clear writing, plus an understanding of the potential and limitations of different media.Design Council on Information Design
www.designcouncil.org.uk

Information design is concerned with transforming data into information, making the complex easier to understand and to use. It is a rapidly growing discipline that draws on typography, graphic design, applied linguistics, applied psychology, applied ergonomics, computing, and other fields. It emerged as a response to people’s need to understand and use such things as forms, legal documents, computer interfaces and technical information.

They consider the selection, structuring and presentation of the information provider’s message in relation to the purposes, skills, experience, preferences and circumstances of the intended users. To do this they need specialist knowledge and skills in graphic communication and typography, the psychology of reading and learning, human-computer interaction, usability research and clear writing, plus an understanding of the potential and limitations of different media.