Internat 35, Eskilstuna

Mälardalens högskola, the Academy for Innovation, Design and Technique, IDT
Smedjegatan 37 Eskilstuna

Information Design and Visualisation

Visuals are used in different contexts and for various reasons. In the global market visualizations are often used to overcome language obstacles and to support communication between different stakeholders, in addition they are often used to facilitate design processes. Visual representations externalize mental images and facilitate the dialogue in a design process and with stakeholders. What characterizes a visual representation is that it portrays things and shows abstract relations, and is therefore exceptional in relation to the spoken and written language. On the other hand, visuals leave nothing to the imagination since it is concrete, in comparison to language. Still, by using visuals, working memory capacity will be released so that people may focus on creative processes. On the contrary, using visuals too early in a process may hinder the creative process.

Since visuals can be understood to some extent intuitively they are used in order to show changes and its effects. For instance, one such use of visuals has been illustrated households’ varied consumption levels of electricity. The three days workshop will focus on how Information design and visualizations can be used in design processes and be part of communication schemes between various stakeholders.

Visualisations are frequently used in manufactory industry for different purposes. A production system is a complex, open and socio-technical system for producing goods or services. Visualisation of the production system’s current and expected behaviour is used in decisions on system changes or for new system designs. In planning and change management programs visuals is often used aiming for shared image of the future and to improve involvement of as many co-workers as possible towards a vision and future wanted state as a guiding star.


Monday May 4th

10.00  Welcome and an introduction to Innovation and Product realisation, IPR, at Mälardalen University.

10.30 – 11.15 Information Design and visual communication in a global context

Yvonne Eriksson, professor in Information Design

11.15 – 12.00 Discussion about different use of visualisations

11.15 – 13.30 Supervisors´ meeting. Short intro by Ramia Mazé about D! Transformation plans and future scenarios. Discussion continues over lunch.

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30  - 14.10 Presentation  and discussion: Stig Møller Hansen, Ph.D. student: Graphic Design in a Computational Culture: Developing Craftsmanship on a Digital Medium

14.10 – 14.50 Presentation and discussion: Bin (Tina) Zhu, Ph.D. School of Computing and Communication, KTH: Leveraging and Integrating Eastern and Western Insights in Interaction Design for Wellbeing.

14.50 Coffee

15.20 – 16.00 Presentation and discussion: Elsa Vaara, Ph.D. student in Interaction Design, SICS: Experimenting with possibilities for temporal interaction design.

16.00 – 18.00 Presentations by the research group Information Design Research at MDH.

19.00  Dinner at MDH

Tuesday May 5th

09.30 – 10.30  From the visualization of electricity to sustainable practices

Cecilia Katzeff, professor, Interactive Institute Eskilstuna and adjunct professor at KTH

10.30 Coffee

11.00 – 12.30  Guided tour at Bolinder-Munktell museum, Eskilstuna.

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30  - 14.00 Discussion and presentation of a visualisation exercise

14.00 – 17.00  Workshop (including coffee)

17.00 – 18.30 Visualisation in early stage design of production systems, Magnus Wiktorsson, professor in Productions system, IPR.

Managing change through visualizations, Anders Fundin, professor in Quality Technology and Management, IPR.

19.00 Dinner

Wednesday May 6th

9.00 – 11.00 Presentation of the visualisation exercises

11.00 – 12.00 Discussions and Summery

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