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Designing Information for Public Understanding

Designing Information for Public Understanding

5th February 2018

With the University of Reading's Centre for Information Design Research: drawing attention to the role of design in making complex information clear, with the needs of users at the core - particularly to draw this potential to the attention of parliamentarians and civil servants concerned with getting messages across and instigating behavioural change.

Our panellists will talk about the role and potential of information design in making everyday life easier for people, and will stress the role of the end-user as a key stakeholder in the process of designing effective material.

To support the panel discussion, attendees will be able to view the latest, comprehensive compilation of research and practice in information design in the edited book Information design: research and practice which affirms its relevance as a discipline. Many of the book’s authors will attend, so there will be opportunity to engage in discussion with them.


Barry Sheerman: MP for Huddersfield and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group  


Lord Waldegrave of North Hill: Chancellor of the University of Reading         


  • Professor Rachel Cooper OBE: Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy, Lancaster University
  • Professor Paul Rodgers: AHRC Design Leadership Fellow
  • Erik Spiekermann: Internationally renowned information designer, type designer and author
  • Professor Alison Black: Director of Centre for Information Design Research
Houses of Parliament
United Kingdom