Information Design:
Lessons Learnt at GDRC




Hari Srinivas
Management Tools Series E-092. June 2015.


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The Global Development Research Center is an independent policy think-tank that carries out initiatives in the spheres of environment, urban, community, economy and information, and at scales that are effective.
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eveloping and implementing the activities of GDRC's 15 programmes are in itself an exercise in good (and not so good!) information design. The experience has generated a number of lessons that were first shared on "Mosaic", GDRC's monthly newsletter. These are now presented below in a consolidated and easy-to-use manner.

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  • The Quest: So What??
  • Localization, Contextualization and/or Customization
  • Homogeneity and Heterogeneity
  • Hand-up, not Hand down
  • Cook Books v/s Nutrition Guides
  • Cities as Barometers of Progress
  • Info in Three Clicks
  • Education Research, and Practice
  • Observe ...
  • Hop, Skip, and Side-step
  • Eat an Elephant Bit by Bit
  • The Battle for Sustainability
  • Asking Questions
  • 1+1=11
  • Don't be Afraid ...
  • Info Design Strategy
  • The Info Design Cycle
  • Why GDRC?
  • The Two Ends of a Telescope: Zooming in and out
  • Lacks, Gaps, and Mismatches
  • Man-on-the-Street
  • Information Life Cycle
  • Not 1+2=3, but a+b=c
  • Cooking in an Microwave Oven
  • Jazz and Information Design
  • Information Literacy
  • The "left hand does not know what the right hand is doing" Syndrome
  • Problems-behind-problems (and solutions-for-solutions)
  • Meta Information [Information on Information]
  • Keeping the Forests and the Trees in View
  • Good Information Packaging
  • What, When, Where, Which, Why, Who, How, Whether
  • New Wine in Old Bottles
  • Making the 'A-ha' happen!
  • Bird in Hand and Two in the Bush
  • Jack of all Trades, and Master of Quite-a-Few
  • The 200-page Manual
  • Formatting Information (INFORMAT)
  • Shoulders of Giants
  • The Grandmother Syndrome
  • The Ultimate End-User: A Kid!
  • Another Man's Shoes

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