Information Design Course

Information Design + Data Visualization

The visualization of information into graphic form is one of the oldest forms of graphic design, and is one of the essential areas of professional design engagement. This course focuses on the organization and analysis of data, and the concepts and methods of visualizing information. Using information structure and visual systems of form, color and typography, students work on two multifaceted projects that communicate complex information through the use of maps, graphs, charts and diagrams. These projects explore issues of mapping, hierarchy, location, time, comparison, format and the use of symbolic visual language.

Students exhibit their work at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.

Student laptop required with the following specifications and English language software loaded: latest version MacOS (preferred) or Windows, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Students in SIGDS courses pay for their own printing and can expect to spend $75 or more depending on the course and desired outcomes.

Course #1304
Douglass Scott

Schedule 1
June 22–July 2, 2020
9 am–4:30 pm

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits


Douglass Scott

Douglass Scott was, until 2010, creative director at the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston, where he had worked since 1974. He currently runs a design practice doing book and identity design, and is consulting art director for Davis Publications, an art education publisher in Worcester, Mass. Scott teaches graphic design at Yale University School of Art and at RISD, where he is a recipient of the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has given more than 200 lectures on the history of design and printing, as well as his own work, at colleges, universities and symposia. Scott's design work has won awards from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Society of Typographic Arts, Boston Hatch Awards, New York Art Directors Club, Boston Art Directors Club, Broadcast Designers Association and Bookbuilders of Boston. Scott holds a BArch from University of Nebraska, an MFA from Yale University, and studied the history of graphic design with Louis Danziger at Harvard University.