Five undergraduate students from my Information Design course were published in a special issue of the Information Design Journal (IDJ) covering topics in Healthcare. idj is a peer-reviewed international journal and an authoritative publication in the discipline of information design. Keely Misenhimer, Brooke Brisbois, Laura Croswaite, Kailah Ogawa, and Chase Conching completed a 4-week benchmark and redesigned prototypes for over-the-counter medicine packaging. The objective was to test the performance of existing packaging and address issues in both written and visual language in order to improve the usability and accessibility of information and communication to its users.
The IDJ is a platform for discussing and improving the design, usability, and overall effectiveness of ‘content put into form’—of verbal and visual messages shaped to meet the needs of particular audiences. IDJ explores the design of information, with a focus on writing, the visual design, structure, format, and style of communications, as well as, seeks to better understand the ways that people understand, interpret, and use communications, with a focus on audiences, cultural differences, readers’ expectations, and differences between populations such as teenagers, elderly or the blind. IDJ publishes research papers, case studies, critiques of information design and related theory, reviews of current literature, research-in-progress, interviews with thought leaders, discussions of practical problems, book reviews, and conference information. Contributions should be relevant to a multi-disciplinary audience from fields such as: communication design, writing, typography, discourse studies, applied linguistics, rhetoric, usability research, instructional design and graphic design. Contributions should be based on appropriate evidence and make clear their implications for practice.