Katherine Gillieson  Design & Writing

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Information+: interdisciplinary practices in information design and information visualization.

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Information+ was an interdisciplinary conference, workshop, and exhibition aimed at bringing together researchers, educators and practitioners to discuss opportunities and challenges in information design and information visualization. The inaugural Information+ conference was held in June 16–17, 2016, at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC, Canada, with the workshop taking place on the 18th and the accompanying exhibition Information Everything, co-curated by Katherine Gillieson and Gillian Russell, running through the month of July in the Concourse Gallery at Emily Carr.

Co-organized by Katherine Gillieson, Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Isabel Meirelles, OCAD University, Information+ 2016 would not have been possible without financial support from our home institutions as well as the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Information Everything, the exhibition of Information+

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

As part of Information+, I am co-curating the exhibition Information Everything (June 17 – July 30) with Gillian Russell (independent curator, PhD candidate in Design, RCA, London).

This exhibition will reflect on dynamic developments in the areas of information design and visualization, highlighting the work of practitioners who bring innovative and experimental approaches to negotiating information. To submit a work for consideration please refer to the submission requirements in the CFP below, or visit the website.


Critical Design infographics projects on show at Science World for Green Month

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015


A selection of sustainability-themed information design projects by 3rd year communication design students is on display at Science World to coincide with Green Month. The work was undertaken as part of the Critical Design core studio I taught in Spring 2015.

Students conducted research into a range of environmental and sustainability issues to determine their chosen topics, and were encouraged to think broadly about their theme and how to translate it visually using information visualization, illustration, and graphic and information design techniques. The resulting themes are diverse and many touch on sustainability issues relevant to Vancouver; these include oil and alternative energies, lifestyle, household and consumption choices, animal life in BC, and more.

Exhibiting students include:
Daniela Buitrago, Cassie Chuang, Karim Kadi, Megan Kwan, Jodie Lavery, Hyo-Jin Lee, Taysia Louie, Hailey Park, Ji Eun Park, Claudia Pasaribu, Prateeba Perumal, Alejandra Rivera, Kaeley Slaney, and Erin Waters.

The exhibition takes place from April 20 to May 26, 2015.

York University design workshop: mapping identity

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

I visited Toronto in November to take part in the 2nd annual RGD Design Education Conference, and added onto this trip a fantastic visit to York University Department of Design; I was able to present some of my work in a public talk and 2-day mapping workshop which builds on past work in the area of mapping public spaces (see Virtual Itineraries), as well as the Granville Island mapping workshop undertaken at Emily Carr as part of The Commons event for 3rd year design students.

The workshop is exploratory and encourages participants to analyze  and re-interpret some aspect of a constrained geographic space; at York this was the campus itself. The goal is to achieve a speculative re-thinking of the space, in addition to representing it in some way. The student group was very diverse and enthusiastic and the outcomes of the project were similarly diverse; sound recordings, a book on the campus’ empty spaces, symbolic space diagrams and a mobile app are some of the outcomes produced. Thanks to the students and staff at York for making this visit possible!


Geographics: the AIGA Design Education conference in Hawaii

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

I was lucky to be able to make it to the AIGA Design Education conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, in December. It was a lovely break from our rigorous travels through Northern winters! Here is a review of the event for the Eye magazine blog.

Information Design Conference 2012

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

I’m looking forward to the Information Design Conference 2012, which is taking place tomorrow and Friday on the stately grounds of the University of Greenwich. It will be good to see old colleagues and take in the great diversity of topics that are included in this year’s programme. As a committee member of the Information Design Association I’ll be chairing a panel Friday, and look forward to some lively debate on ‘Collaboration in Design’!

Sign Design Society, the December talk

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Looking forward to presenting Virtual Itineraries: Reading the City in December for the Sign Design Society. Will be reviewing workshops in Ravensburg, Germany as well as in Reading and Manchester, UK.

VI in Manchester

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Looks like Eric Kindel and I will be presenting a Virtual Itineraries workshop at the Social Technologies Summit, part of Futuresonic, in mid-May. Eric is currently teaching the Virtual Itineraries Reading module in the Department of Typography. Looking forward to visiting Manchester!

Virtual itineraries in Ravensburg

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Looking forward to teaching at the UCE Ravensburg again in November. Will be running a ‘virtual itineraries’ project to create a shared, geo-tagged collection of environmental lettering and signage with the students.

Isotype in context

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Starting to think about that panel on Isotype at Networks of design, a Design History Society conference in Cornwall (3 to 5 September).