There is No Such Thing as Information Design

Jeff Raskin on the meaning of the term "information" and its misuse in the term "information design". As a curmudgeon, I am delighted to point out that the popular term, Information Design, is a misnomer. Information cannot be designed; what can be designed are the modes of transfer and the representations of information. This is inherent in the nature of information, and it is important for designers to keep the concepts of information and meaning distinct. ... Even though information is an abstraction that is independent of form and therefore information cannot be designed, the way in which we represent information to others is of crucial importance in communicating the meaning of the information. The representation of the information is the plastic medium with which we work. It would have been more appropriate to call this field "Designing Information Representation". thanks Makovision