What Makes Good Information Design?

What makes good information design? According to Information is Beautiful: * Information needs to be interesting (meaningful & relevant) and have integrity (accuracy, consistency). * Design needs to have form (beauty & structure) and function (it has to work and be easy to use). In information design, it seems, if you have just two elements, you get something tolerable and cool. i.e. * integrity + form = eye candy * interestingness + function = experiment But if you combine three elements without the fourth, things suddenly FAIL: * interesting subject, solid information, looks great, but is hard to use = useless. * amazing data, well designed, very easy to read but isn't that interesting = boring via information is beautiful

Eugene Kim

Eugene Kim is the Editor-in-Chief of My Modern Met. In May, 2008, he co-founded the website to create one big city that celebrates creative ideas. His mission is to promote a positive culture by spotlighting the best sides of humanity—from the lighthearted and fun to the thought-provoking and enlightening.
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