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.
As a Life Research Fellow for Communication Research Institute (CRI), I have the opportunity to extend my design interests, research and practice as part of an international community. 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. www.communication.org.au