Data Visualization and Infographics In Visual Communication Design Education at The Age of Information


  • Banu Inanc Uyan Dur TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Faculty of Fine Arts, Design & Architecture, Depart. of Visual Communication Design (Ankara-Turkey)



data visualization, infographic, visual communication design education


Scientific and technologic developments in the last century facilitate people’s lives while also causing them to face more information. Information design has become much more important as a result of the chaos created by the unprocessed heap of data and information traffic. Therefore, people need designed information like infographics and data visualisation today. Design of information, which is among the most significant requirements of our age, has become a subject which needs to be dealt with more systematically in the education of visual communication design. Visual design of information and data is important not only for increasing perceptibility but also revealing the patterns within complex information, and being educative, persuasive and guiding depending on the content and objective. In this sense, incorporating data visualization and infographics works into the education of visual communication design would have significant contributions to train designers with sufficient qualification to meet the requirements of today’s world. This study examines the current/potential expansion of data visualization and infographics in the education of visual communication design  at the age of information. With respect to students, it deals with its effects to the design method, process and perception and its contributions to the multidisciplinary design approach.

Author Biography

  • Banu Inanc Uyan Dur, TOBB University of Economics and Technology, Faculty of Fine Arts, Design & Architecture, Depart. of Visual Communication Design (Ankara-Turkey)

    Banu İnanç Uyan Dur graduated from Ankara Anatolian High School of Fine Arts in 1998 and Gazi University, Faculty of Education, Department of Fine Arts Teaching, Painting Teaching Programme in 2002. She obtained her MA (2006) and PhD in Art (2011) from Hacettepe University Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Graphic Design. She spend 5 months in the Graphic Design Department at Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland, through a research scholarship from the Poland Government in 2010. She is currently a Assist. Prof. at TOBB University of Economics & Technology, Faculty of Fine Arts, Design & Architecture, Department of Visual Communication Design. She has received national and international graphic design awards about poster, information and wayfinding design. She opened up 4 personal exhibition and participated in over 50 national / international mixed, group and competitive exhibitions. She is a member of GMK - Turkish Society of Graphic Designers and IIID - International Institute for Information Design.


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