Julia Wargaski’s Information Design Concepts course helps students unearth their capacity to weave complex information design narratives into user-centered solutions. A semester-long deep dive and immersion in relevant information design processes gives students the opportunity to become better problem solvers, collaborators and designers of clear and complex information narratives — skills that transcend medium.
Students get to work on subject matter they are excited about and have the freedom to work within their chosen medium, provided it is in alignment with their intended usersʼ needs. In class, they come together as a group working as one “big brain” to inform and collaborate through feedback cycles around each studentʼs information design investigations.
Below is an excerpt from Julia’s PJIM (Parsons Journal for Information Mapping) article, from November 2014, which sheds light on what she strives for as a teacher and information designer:
“By designing with clarity and integrity, aesthetics and information can be effectively combined to inspire users to rapidly glean knowledge and understanding from complex subjects. By illuminating the functional truths between things, good design can empower others — of any age or origin — to discover solutions and yield the means to tenaciously resolve problems. These beliefs have sparked a shift in my practice within what I call “bedrock knowledge areas,” and the communication systems to convey and publish these. As an educator, my goals are continually set on discovering and stretching each studentʼs highest abilities: adaptability, visual and intellectual acuity, design adeptness, and tenacity. I strive to provide an environment where choice and experimentation, through visualization modeling, will be the catalyst for these qualities to arise and be fulfilled.”