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Information Design, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 days
Bath, United Kingdom
The Information Design Summer School has gained a reputation as the best place to get a fast introduction to the concepts, principles and challenges of information design. The Information Design Summer School gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the topic for a week in late summer, with expert tuition, deep discussion and good company.
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Information design has developed as a specialist field, with a growing research literature and critical tradition. But education and training in information design is hard to find, and people who want to develop their expertise can find themselves isolated, without access to expert help, and often without like-minded colleagues.

At the summer school you will meet with experts in information design with a depth of experience in design practice, research and education, and who cover a range of different specialisms: diagramming, typography, clear writing, content structure, design education, health information design, financial information, government information, management communications and legal information design.

Teaching methods

The course includes lectures, case studies, group working, presentations anddiscussions. The practical projects will be informed by an appropriate level of researchevidence and theory.

There will be an emphasis on:

  • critical methods: how to discuss design and diagnose design problems
  •  information architecture and content: finding the underlying structures in complex
  • information; understanding its purpose and effect
  •  understanding users: user journeys, personas, scenarios and use cases
  •  design patterns, genres and templates
  •  research and user testing.
To make sure that you get the expert help you need from the summer school tutors,we encourage you to bring your own projects to work on either individually or as partof a group. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

There are lectures, case studies, group working, individual project work, presentations and discussions. And social activities.

Each day brings a different focus:

  • Monday – focus on critiquing: how to discuss information design and diagnose design problems.
  • Tuesday – focus on visualisation: diagramming, graphic metaphor.
  • Wednesday – focus on users: user journeys, personas, use cases, testing.
  • Thursday – focus on text: layout, design patterns, genres.
  • Friday – focus on change: consultancy tools to convince organisations of the case for change.


  • Information designers who want to explore the theoretical basis for their work, and
  • extend their range.
  • Graphic designers wanting to specialise in information design.
  •  People without a design training, who want to learn more about information
  • design, and apply it to their own area of work. 


  • Dr Rob Waller

Financial and government information, design patterns and genres, wayfinding

  • Prof Clive Richards

Diagramming, visualisation, design education

  • Dr Karel van der Waarde

Health and pharmaceutical information, user-testing, regulation of design, design education

  • Dr Jenny Waller

Simplification, management communications, editorial structures, skills training

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • When you register, we will ask about your interests and existing skills so that we can include projects to suit your needs.
  • Please note that the course does not offer software training in applications such as Adobe InDesign or Illustrator, or in web or app design applications. Software skills are not essential, as projects also involve sketching and organising information. The focus of the course is on critical judgement, so it is suitable for people who manage or commission design as much as for professional designers.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    680 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 680 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    680 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 680 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Discount price for members of IIID, IDA, ISTC, Clarity or PLAIN: £640 (£615 until 1 May) 
  • Advanced programme for previous participants: £450 (£425 until 1 May) 

Living costs for Bath

  • 808 - 1230 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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