Karen Schriver, PhD is President of KSA Communication Design and Research, a consultancy located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is former professor of rhetoric and information design at Carnegie Mellon University where she co-directed the graduate programs in professional writing and information design.
Dr. Schriver’s first book, Dynamics in Document Design: Creating Texts for Readers—now in its 9th printing—is regarded as an essential text in its field. Winner of ten national awards for her work, Schriver is writing two new books: the first on developing expertise in information design, and the second on visual and verbal design moves to engage readers online.
In this podcast, she talks with Helen Osborne about using good information design to get readers to read, and keep reading. Topics include:
- Using good information design to help readers feel valued and respected
- Being a visual detective, observing what works and what doesn’t
- Engaging readers with contrast, consistency, grouping, and other design moves
More Ways to Learn:
- You can reach Karen by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Schriver KA, Dynamics in Document Design: Creating Texts for Readers (1997). John Wiley & Sons: New York, NY. Available at http://www.amazon.com/Dynamics-Document-Design-Creating-Readers/dp/0471306363
- Info Design Patterns, at http://interface.fh-potsdam.de/infodesignpatterns/news.php
- Info Design: Understanding by Design, at http://www.informationdesign.org/
- Info Understanding by Design, an Interview with Karen A. Schriver, http://www.informationdesign.org/special/schriver_interview.php
- Tactical Technology Collective, at http://www.tacticaltech.org/infodesign
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