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Tokyo Subway diagram. It was designed to have a familiar shape for commuters, the yingyang

November 8, 2012

Imagealso click here for a good synopsis of “information architecture”. It’s about early (2000) data visualization and it actually sounds a lot like service design. Richard Saul Werman, a data vis pioneer, could be talking about graphic designers when he states that in designing a building for occupants the architect must: 

  • ascertain those needs (i.e., must gather information about the needs),
  • organize the needs into a coherent pattern that clarifies their nature and interactions, and
  • design a building that will–by means of its rooms, fixtures, machines, and layout, i.e., flow of people and materials–meet the occupants’ needs.
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