Advances in information technology are permitting organization, dissemination, accessibility and reception of information with incredible efficiency and reach. Whereas ubiquitous digitized systems are fast replacing every mode of manual transaction and are transferring a colossal data to stake holders. At the core of the programme is a quest of assisting mankind about knowledge of the facts and data so as to use it for one’s own and social benefit. Visualization of information that clearly and intelligibly augments insights is a design challenge. It synchronizes fields of visual aesthetics and statistics as well as engineering and humanities thus helping connect people and technology. Hence there is this emerging position of trained individuals with a good blend of abilities making design applications more efficient and effective for the end users. Therefore the objectives of the Information Design programme are to train the students to design accessible and effective systems for a range of audience and media, from print, spatial to digital; to develop specialist designers who will be able to convert large data and complex information into a clear, user friendly and impelling resource which help develop knowledge, awareness, insights and decision making. Beginning with the fundamentals of visual design and along with courses in design processes, the program is a combination of methods from design; ideas from the arts; tools from social sciences and insights from business. Students will be exposed to courses in Visual Communication, Information Graphics, Interactive Information Visualization, Thematic Cartography and Geovisualization, accompanied with research projects that refer to experiences and information refiecting the real-world.
An ID student would be one with a passion for art and science of visualization of information making it easy to use. As a result of the course, he/she would typically contribute to multidisciplinary teams that design communicational needs in an information dependent environment. Apart from good visual skills, program seeks students with willingness and motivation to learn the tools of imaging technology, information processing, and basic software programming.