”Designing Diagrams” is a guide to the world of diagrammatic presentation of facts, figures, thoughts, processes and relations. Some of the methods shown are well known, others are not so common. Some are shown here for the first time.
The tools employed are digital and guidelines are given on how to employ available 2D software and find suitable ways of presenting the results.The target audience is primarily design students and professionals but the book should also prove to be useful to statisticians, economists, teachers and others who can be made aware of existing possibilities.
One section of the book shows work done by designers from four continents. This content should therefore be of interest to people working in different national and language cultures.
The author is an experienced practising designer and has since the late 1980s been investigating digital means of visual communication. He has taught communication subjects at Kingston University (Surrey, England), The National College of Arts & Crafts (Oslo, Norway) and Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
This is a pretty hardcore design book. Written by designer Jan Gauguin, it compiles a wide range of different methods available with which to present facts and figures, processes and relations. Diagrams are no longer just the preserve of business or academic publications - thanks to the web, smartphones et al we’re engaging with diagrammatic forms more than ever before. This rigorous book details how to make the best of them.
(Creative Review, London)