5 Examples of Good and Bad Information Design
February 28, 2011 1 Comment
When I lived in Paris two years ago I loved the Subway system so much more than the godawful subways here. Not only were they clean and beautiful, the subway maps were incredibly easy to understand and use especially for foreigners like myself that started off not knowing the city at all. In addition to Paris, London has an exemplary subway system and subsequent map. IT is designed beautifully and is so easy to use. It surely is an excellent example of information design.
I think the following example is an excellent example of information design because it takes a difficult and complex process and makes it incredibly easy to understand through the use of text and eye catching colors.
When I googled “good examples of information design,” the following image came up and I personally think it’s terrible. The design is in what I believe to be in Dutch, so I can’t even understand it to begin with, but the text is so dense, and the lines so complex, I can’t even begin to wrap my head around it.
The following design illustrates how much money we’re spending on the current ware effort in the Middle East in 10 “easy” steps. Unfortunately I think it’s terribly cluttered and difficult to understand. One’s eye cannot move well through the poster as there is not one specific path. Sometimes this can be okay, but not in this case.
In this infographic, the designer illustrates where to stay away from the PENNs (What I’m guessing refers to Penn State Students). The graphic contains easy to read colors and incorporates a map and pictograms. The graphic is funny and enjoyable to read, two qualities of an excellent infographic.