Information design and the data-ink ratio - online news formatting for maximum legibility, understanding and scanability

What are the best practices to format and lay out?

News information and content so that it can provide a great user-experience (to be as legible, scanable and usable as possible?).

Problem: excessive amounts of information often presented in confusing ways - hard-to-read text, slides with too much content, hard-to-understand tables and reports, news and web pages.

How to solve it: utilize a set of guiding principles and rules to govern all information publishing.

Line length

Font size

Typeface / font choice

Spacing - leading





Data-ink ratio

Examples of bad content formatting and layout in mainstream online media

Examples of good content formatting online

Recommended resources for further learning

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Organised in association with Robin Good University - POP Campus

Workshops are free entry but registration is required. Each workshop will have a limited number of participants. The workshop registration form will be put on the website soon. Workshop registration will begin on 15 March 2012.