Information development is interdisciplinary, and valuable knowledge can be found across a range of traditional genres. We have compiled a list of 10 great books you can use to help in becoming an InfoDev Pro. This list represents a broad range of skills and knowledge from across genres, including writing, visual design, management and development, and more.
Information developers should be proficient in page design, as well as writing, as both are essential for creating deliverables that are easy to find, read, use, understand, and remember. (In fact, from a physiological perspective, we process text and non-text elements in very similar ways.) This fact sheet provides a brief introduction to the relationship between science and design.
This interactive list of core InfoDev tools can help you improve your writing, design, and overall productivity. Depending on what field, genre, media, and organization you work with, the sheer number of available InfoDev tools can be overwhelming. This list provides a starting point for working across disciplines and for producing content that informs, delights, and empowers!
Nanatoo uses an evidence-based approach to information development, and every decision is based on an in-depth understanding of how humans perceive and process information, and this is balanced with best practices and the priorities of the project and the organization. To support our evidence-based approach, we have compiled an extensive, robust body of peer-reviewed scientific research and other resources to guide every information-development decision. We maintain this research in an online InfoDev Library for easy reference.
If you want to create content that is easy to find, read, use, understand, and remember, then you must become proficient in design, as well as writing. Learning design always starts with the “Design Basics,” which consist of Design Elements and Design Principles. Design Elements are the fundamental building blocks of content, and Design Principles describe the way the elements interact with one another.
Too often, expert designers give advice that isn't very helpful – advice like "Use proper alignment" or "Use a logical color palette." But how do you know what proper alignment is, or what logical colors are? By understanding how human beings perceive and process visual information!
Science-based design provides a fresh, simplified approach that leverages what you already know to be true, but have never noticed before, to create a solid foundation for mastering design. It turns out that all design guidelines are based on how humans see, interpret, and respond to visual stimuli. Science-based design teaches you to understand these processes so you can make effective design decisions in any situation. It empowers you to understand what works, what doesn't, and why.
This mini tutorial provides an introductory glimpse into the InfoDev approach to design basics, with a focus on the Design Elements.
The InfoDev Academy is a resource for communication professionals seeking to expand their knowledge and skills. We teach both methods and processes, as well as the science and reasoning behind them, so you can be successful regardless of which field, genre, or media you are working in. Using our proven, science-based approach, we provide online courses with guided one-on-one and group support.