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Vision Plus 2015: Information+design=performance

3rd October 2015

Since 1995 the International Institute for Information Design (iiid) has held its international symposia in different cities around the world under the Vision Plus banner.

Birmingham City University  |  3-4 September 2015

In 2015, Vision Plus will be hosted in the UK by Birmingham City University and delivered in association with the UK Information Design Association (IDA). The symposium will also coincide with an exhibition of the graphic work of Ivan Chermayeff, which will be shown in the Atrium of the venue.


Effective communication is a vital contributor to the peace, prosperity and persistence of our planet. With an incalculable number of people retrieving information through an unprecedented number of channels, access to information requires enabling so that individuals can perform as citizens; governments can function; law can be observed; science and technology can be exploited; health and wellbeing can flourish; and the arts and culture can realise new levels of attainment.

Vision Plus 2015 will consider the performance of information design – its creation, delivery, implementation and impact – across a wide gamut of disciplines, which traverse a range of platforms and which have been implemented across geographical and linguistic boundaries. Vision Plus 2015 will not only deliberate on contemporary information design it will also consider design of the past and invite visions for the future of information design. Presentations with a focus on improved business performance will be particularly welcome.

Papers of twenty-minutes duration are invited for this interdisciplinary symposium from postgraduates, independent researchers and established scholars working in the field of information design or with an interest in the creation of effective documents, interfaces and other information systems. Papers are welcome from practitioners who design, produce and commission, evaluate, critique, use or distribute materials with an informative intention.

Additional sessions: There will also be opportunities for poster sessions and lightening talks of 5-10 minutes. 

How to apply: Please send a suggested title, synopsis (300 words) and biography (150 words) via an attachment to indicating whether you are applying for 20-minute papers, poster presentation or lightening talks of 5-10 minutes duration. All papers will be blind refereed by an international panel of leading figures in information design. 

Deadline for submissions 31 January 

Event Partners: Birmingham City University  |  Information Design Association  |  International Institute for Information Design

The call for papers is available below for downloading