COMICS & INFORMATION DESIGN, PT. 1: A TWO-WAY STREET?

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

A few days ago, I got finished with a grad school Statement of Intent that basically outlined a plan to study the relationship between comics and (information) design. Since there are no coincidences in life, two days later, somebody on Drawn! made a post, “Comics and Information Design.” That post was a brief mention of how Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics is widely used in the information and interaction design communities. (Proof: it’s on Edward Tufte’s Analytical Design reading list.)

What interests me is not the one-way relationship of comics informing information design, but the two-way relationship of comics informating info design, and info design informing comics. In other words, the way comics and information design can inform each other.

Essentially, I see comics and information design attempting the same feat: one brain showing something to another brain.

I’m not quite ready to get into the nitty-gritty just yet, but here’s a mind-map I did on the subject:

COMICS + INFORMATION DESIGN




4 Comments on “COMICS & INFORMATION DESIGN, PT. 1: A TWO-WAY STREET?”

  1. Austin Kleon Says:

    Also, I’ve posted it before, but don’t miss the COMICS, CARTOONING, AND INFO DESIGN thread on ET’s site: http://www.edwardtufte.com/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=000023&topic_id=1

  2. mlarson.org » Says:

    […] Austin Kleon has drawn up a cool mind map about comics and information design. Apparently he’ll be working on a thesis on some aspect of the relationship between the two. Cool. […]

  3. Riaz Says:

    You might be interested int he work of XPLANE. I company that I used to work for that specialized in comics and almost entirely was staffed by people in the indie comic book industry.

    http://www.xplane.com

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