Katherine Gillieson

Katherine Gillieson
Emily Carr University
Vancouver, Canada

Associate Dean, Master of Design and Associate Professor, Communication Design

What is the motivation to work in information design?

Information design is at the core of my interests as a design practitioner, researcher and educator. Encompassing principles of accessibility and clear communication alongside ethical and social motivations, I believe that information design techniques and approaches can be generatively applied in various work contexts and in daily life.

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently managing the graduate programs in interdisciplinary and interaction design at Emily Carr, and working on future program development. I am also working on a number of design and publication projects through the Occasional Press, a publishing research initiative at Emily Carr

What is a project you consider a great example of information design?

I appreciate a good taxonomy or meta-representation of collections or systems relevant to the practice of design itself, for example for types of diagrams (datavizproject,  and datavizcatalogue.com for example), or cognitive biases.

The work of Studio Joost Grootens.

What is your dream project?
  • Any project involving multiple modalities (publication, UX, exhibition, etc) for a project in education, the cultural sector, climate justice and allied fields, in which I would be involved as a designer from the very beginning. 
  • Some time to study the archives, notebooks and other documents of the creator of the Sankey diagram, M.H.P.R. Sankey (who was my great-great-grandfather).