Course Description

Information Design is the practice of presenting information for immediate and effective communication. Through several advanced assignments related to information graphics, exhibition design and wayfinding systems, students refine their ability to synthesize complex information and present it appealingly.

Learning Outcomes

For the successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Create both “live” and static data graphics (bar, pie, & time series charts) using appropriate software graphing tools.
  • Transform statistical information into an understandable visual format using unconventional methods and imagery.
  • Visually explain a complex process or object clearly and easily.
  • Define and explain historical development of data graphics.
  • Define and explain exhibition space design and wayfinding theory.


The following syllabus presents the college approved course requirements, learning outcomes, suggested weekly course outline, etc. Your students should meet the defined learning outcomes and COMD Standards, but please adapt the weekly outline, project guidelines, and grading scheme, as needed.

Model Course

If available, a cloneable model course contains learning outcomes, suggested weekly topics and projects, video resources, quizzes, and more.

Course Coordination


Name: M. Genevieve Hitchings

Title: Associate Professor


Office: N-1127

Phone: 718-260-4945

Faculty Homepage


Please review the COMD Standards for Curriculum Continuity.

Course Resources

This course utilizes the following Open Educational Resources (OER), zero cost resources, and/or required textbook:

  • Information Graphics, Peter Wilbur, Thames & Hudson, ISBN-10: 05002800770, ISBN-13: 978-0500280775

Best Practices

Please review the Distance Education and Continuity Best Practices. These standards apply to all courses, whether web-enhanced, hybrid, or fully online, and may be used to inform peer evaluation of teaching.

BFA Resources

Please review and share the following resources with your BFA students.

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