Information graphics
Study plans 2016-2017 - IMT1051 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The course will give the students knowledge of the history of information graphics, characteristics of information graphics in a cognitive perspective, as well as the potential of information graphics as an alternative to text-based or image-based modes of graphic representation. The course will also give the students knowledge of a wide range of genres of information graphics and their advantages and limitations as well as potential for demagogic misuse.


- Tabular and schematic representation of quantitative information
- History of information graphics
- Diagrams and graphs (bar, line, area, pie, Isotype, scatter, histogram, etc)
- Flowcharts
- Navigational diagrams
- How to lie with statistics
- Cartography, topographical maps, thematic maps, geographical information systems
- Schematic illustrations
- Tables
- Developing user friendly forms

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

Writing of essay(s) and/or practical visualisation project(s). Formative-iterative assessment.

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Summative assessment of essay(s) and/or practical project(s) (with a final grade) after the end of the semester.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

  • Informasjonsgrafikk(2009). Artikkelsamling
  • Nygaard, Tor (2007). Skjemavett på Internett. Oslo: Kommuneforlaget
  • Tufte, Edward R. ([1983] 2001). The visual display of quantitative information.Second edition. Cheshire, Connecticut: Graphics Press

Additional information

Emnet er kun tilgjengelig for Bachelor i mediedesign.

Aktuelle tidsskrift i HiGs bibliotek:

  • Cartographica, Information Design Journal, In Graphics (plassert som bok, 302.23 Infodesign), Visible Language

Aktuelle klassenummer i HiGs bibliotek:

  • 302.23 Infodesign, 526–

Aktuell støttelitteratur:

  • Bigwood, Sally and Melissa Spore (2003). Presenting numbers, tables and charts. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Brasseur, Lee E. (2003). Visualizing technical information: A cultural critique. New York: Baywood
  • Garland, Ken (1994). Mr Beck’s underground map. London: Capital Transport
  • Gresh, Alain m.fl. (2007). Le Monde Diplomatique: Globaliseringens atlas. Oslo: Diplo og Pax Forlag
  • Jarrett, Caroline and Gerry Gaffney (2009).Forms that work: Designing web forms for usability.Burlington: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Malamed, Connie (2009). Visual language for designers: Principles for creating graphics that people understand. Beverly, Mass.: Rockport
  • Neurath, Marie and Robin Kinross (2009). The transformer: Principles of making Isotype charts. London: Hyphen Press
  • Kristiansen, Jan Erik (2007). Tall kan temmes: Om å bruke og formidle statistikk .Kristiansand: IJ-forlaget
  • Schwesinger, Borries (2010). The forms book: Best practice in creating forms for printed and online use. London: Thames & Hudson
  • Wainer, Howard.Graphic discovery. Princeton og Oxford: Princeton University Press
  • Wood, Denis, et al. (2006). Seeing through maps: Many ways to see the world. Oxford: New Internationalist Publications