I specialize in information design because I am intrigued by the relationship between design and cognition, specifically with situational design serving a precise communicative role for, or in, cognitive demanding events. Advocating inclusivity through design is central in pursuing design research for evacuation information and projects that address public information. I prioritize participatory design and the importance of benchmarking as methods to measure the success of a project and how it communicates to its intended audience. I continue to pursue interdisciplinary work that provides interaction and engagement with other specializations.
As a design researcher and writer, I include design principles into the discussions of other disciplines and participate in holistic conversations about communication, policy and access to usable information. My decisions to present papers and choose to publish are consistent with this philosophy. I continually promote open exchanges and transparency in order to deconstruct the perception of what design is, what it can do and what it already does. The invitation and inter-connectivity that design has in humanities, government, social sciences and sciences has been inviting and welcoming.
I serve on the executive board of directors for three international associations, the International Institute of Information Design (IIID), Board of Governor for Communication Research Institute (CRI), and Design Network for Emergency Management. I have the opportunity to extend my design interests, research and practice as part of these international communities.
IIID is based in Vienna, Austria and its main concern is to contribute to a better understanding within the human community with respect to cultural and economic issues by means of improved visual and other forms of communication. IIID believes that data transformed into high-quality information empower people to attain goals. In other words, how to get the right information, at the right time, to the people who need it, in a form they understand and enables them to achieve a specific outcome. Find out more at: www.iiid.net
CRI undertakes practical research that leads to the highest quality communication between organizations and people, and makes the results of research widely available for the common good. The Institute analyzes, tests, designs, prescribes, disseminates and publishes knowledge towards its mission including issues in electoral communication, medicine information, financial information and document design. Find out more at: www.communication.org.au.
DNEM ensures design is leveraged to its full potential to minimize the impacts of adverse events. DNEM provides transdisciplinary expertise on the use of design before, during and after emergencies. DNEM is an international resource surrounding the topics of design and emergency planning demonstrating completed work, interdisciplinary case studies, and work that are in progress. DNEM unifies and encourages quality research and applications in this specialized area of design. Through its collective nature, DNEM builds a stronger body of knowledge, credibility, and presence in emergency planning. We currently have 19 members from various sectors of emergency management policymakers, information designers, academics, and scientists that represent 5 countries. We will be completing our set of first published guidelines this year. DNEM is only 1 of 2 external networks endorsed by the International Institute of Information Design. Find out more at: dnem.org