Tuesday, 9:00am
22 January 2013

Coming to an Understanding at St Bride

The third annual DoU information design conference takes place in London this Friday

This Friday sees the third annual Design of Understanding conference at St Bride Library in London.

Founded by Max Gadney (After the Flood) in 2011, this information design conference includes the following speakers:

Joe Parry of Cambridge Intelligence, demonstrating network visualisations (top and below) that (among other things) can catch terrorists.


Ben Terrett from GDS (Government Digital Service), speaking about redesigning all the government's websites.

Matt Cottam on recent work for Google Chrome at the Science Museum.

Lloyd Shepherd talking about researching historical fiction.

Cait O’Riordan on what the online BBC Olympics coverage tells us about future of television.

Gadney says: ‘The practice of information design requires a respect and humility for the domains you wish to communicate. I felt that the best way for designers to see this was to hear from people (both in and outside design) who have a thorough mastery of their subject, as well as the nous to make it accessible.

He says that the ‘patron saint’ of the annual conference is Richard Saul Wurman, who founded TED. Wurman [see interview in Eye 28] prides himself on ‘approaching a new subject as the most ignorant person in the room, as that is the only way I can begin to learn about it.’


Design of Understanding 2013
Friday 25 January 2013. Registration from 9am.
Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ.

The Design of Understanding

Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions, back issues and single copies of the latest issue.