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Content and Design: How Are They Related?

The word “design” has many meanings. You’ve probably heard the new buzzwords, design thinking. What does that mean? Does it differ from user-centered design? What about information design, interaction design, graphic design?
I like to think of it as Big D and Little d. Big D = design as the overall process of creating the product that works for the organization and the audience. Little d = the principles and guidelines for each aspect of design (for example, the Gestalt principles for information design; the cognitive psychology guidelines for interaction design).    — Ginny Redish
Over the four weeks of this Roundtable, we’ll discuss how both Big D and several types of Little d relate to content.

– Ginny Redish (Curator for Content and Design: How Are They Related?)

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