"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.
Diagrams have previously been restricted to academic publications and the business press. With the introduction of smartphones, presentation programs, iPods, Internet, GPS and other devices the scope has widened considerably.
We have used different angles of approach: The book can be used as a manual, but the intention has been to provide ideas for people who have communication needs in their professional lives. 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.
The tools employed are digital and guidelines are given on how to employ available 2D software and find suitable ways of presenting the results.
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.