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Design + Information: the state of information

  • Daniel Formosa (a1)


An insufficient flow of information leads to inadequately designed products. There are several reasons why designers do not receive good information. Designers have no training in research, and rarely conduct their own research studies. They therefore must rely on research performed by persons in other fields. This information, in turn, is poorly adaptable to the designer’s needs. An information gap exists. Contributing to the problem are project schedules and budgets that unreasonably limit the amount of time that can be invested in the gathering and assimilation of information. On the horizon is the utilization of multi-disciplinary research teams that will apply their efforts to design. In the meantime, information gathering is a tedious process that needs to be performed as expediently and as painlessly as possible. A librarian with an understanding of the design process can be a vital member of a product design team.



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3. Tufte, Edward R. Envisioning information. Cheshire, Connecticut: Graphics Press, 1990.
Tufte, Edward R. The Visual display of quantitative information, Cheshire, Connecticut: Graphics Press, 1983.

Design + Information: the state of information

  • Daniel Formosa (a1)


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