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May 8, 2003

Information Design Topic of May Iowa Bibliophiles Meeting

Cedar Rapids book collector Bo Brock will discuss his collection of books about Information Design at the next meeting of the Iowa Bibliophiles at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14 in the conference room of the Main Library of the University of Iowa.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Brock will discuss his collection of books about information design, starting from the books of Edward Tufte, the founder of the modern study of information design (ID), whose work traces the development of design on the printed page over the last 500 years. He will show selected examples of both good and bad ID, organized in such categories as cartography, sociology, science, narrative structures, etc. His intent is to give Bibliophiles a better idea of how to appreciate good information design when they see it, in books and other printed materials. To illustrate the importance of ID, he'll talk briefly about the case of the Challenger explosion in January 1986, where better information design would have prevented the launch.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.