20th Century Information Design

DesignArchiveOnline is a networked learning resource on the history of design. An interactive collection of images and supporting textual documentation drawn from the RIT Libraries Graphic Design Archives, it provides the means to make the unique primary resources in these collections easily accessible to RIT users and promotes wider use of the collections while protecting the fragile and valuable items they include. DesignArchiveOnline creates opportunities for new interdisciplinary course development using related content materials and permits a wide range of interpretive outcomes based on a common networked resource. The image delivery tool is the database ARTstor and RIT students, faculty and staff can access the collections hosted in ARTstor.

20th Century Information Design, focuses on the work of designer, Will Burtin, a key pioneer in the world of information design. Information Design is a central area of focus within the Graphic Design curriculum.

What is Information Design?
"It is an area of design that is concerned with understanding reader and user responses to written and visually-presented information. The kinds of problems germane to information design include legal documents, business forms, diagrams, guidebooks, transportation maps, charts, tables, instructional materials, wayfinding systems and digital information systems." Bruce Meader

Will Burtin Case Study