Yvette Shen | assistant professor, Dept. of Design, The Ohio State University

How we document, access, and understand information and particularly how designers of visual communication can contribute to this has never been more important. As our need to attend to more diverse and complex information sources increases, so does the need for more research into how people can better analyze and perceive this information. My current research lies in the domain of information and data visualization, reflecting both the development of my own creative work and the pedagogical advancement of visual communication design.

I approach my research with a focus on implementing visual design elements, graphic symbols, statistical charts and diagrams to convey information that may not be easily perceived; evaluating the creative design process, aesthetics and user experiences at all stages; and applying information visualization to the process of design thinking to facilitate multidisciplinary collaborations and investigate bigger social, health and economic problems. I intend to explore information designer’s role in shaping the process of transforming data to structured information, then from structured information to knowledge and insights. Also, to examine how aesthetic and functional approaches to information and data visualization can assist people to think about critical social issues and understand artifacts across cultural and language boundaries.