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New York City- To Much Information

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There are many examples of information overload seen in New York City’s Times Square. When I visited the overwhelming environment created by bright lights and towering skyscrapers the advertisements would attempt to slither there way into any free space. The dense populated area leads to information ineffectiveness due to the maximum capacity of various signs. In particular, street signs are merged on top of each other so tightly a viewer has to sort through multiple channels to determine which direction they are going. Below is a link to cluttered street signs in NY.

Project 1- Basketball Graphic

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The information design sample I choose for my project is titled the Evolution on Basketball. This sample piece was taken from the designer Cody Rogers who has a portfolio of images communicating an idea using artistic practices. This is a prime example of information design, the design uses line, color, form, labeling, and other aspects to effectively illustrate the evolution of basketball.

A link to my project one graphic.. The evolution of basketball

Google Maps

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Google maps is an excellent example of how qualitative issues arrise when resulting in the creation of lines throughout a diagram. The website is great for communicating location and directions for a funtional user by providing various geographical maps to point the user in the right direction. For example, the map going from Clemson to Maryland is cleary defined and seen visually so the user can direct themselves cognitevly mapping themselves to accomplish their trip. Katz states the line has three functions:

Information Design: Failed Website

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Failed information design included in the book are usually the result of clutter, an unclear message, or information overload. An example I found was a website for Rhode Islands College Bookstore. The website has cluttered advertisements and information scattered randomly on the page. The website would be better if there was organization clearly defining subjects worth navigating too. Information design should be orderly, when the audience views the page they should be able to retrieve the information they want to capture the message.

Team Jimmy Examples of Natural Design

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1. We have the natural instinction to walk up or down a flight of stairs. We take advantage of the natural design of stairs, so sometimes when we fall down, it’s the designer’s fault not our clumsiness. There are cases where we are used to the standardized measurement of a flight of stairs, but when the design is altered, we can fall.