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QUT course diagrams

information design + print design

I was commissioned by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Creative Industries faculty to challenge the way course and unit data has traditionally been presented, replacing stuffy excel spreadsheets and lengthy word documents with clear, customisable and highly informative A3 visual study “maps” through clever information design. The CI faculty comprises a vast number of courses, with an array of units in each. My goal when creating course maps, unit maps and representing student experiences was to design highly functional diagrams that combined a wealth of useful information while being customisable enough to adapt to all possible study options.

Unit mapping

This project presented an opportunity to influence the way that data is presented in a university context, as well as inject a somewhat playful aesthetic and functionality into traditionally “corporate” material while adhering to university style guidelines. Course structures are designed to be entirely computer-generated based on individual course information, however the unit map format encourages unit coordinators to print out a blank A3 template and sketch their ideas during meetings and brainstorming sessions, later developed into digital illustrations that add character and life to the information presented. These templates have the ability to evolve alongside the units they represent, and communicate vital information to academic professionals and students alike.

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