Isotype Visualizations. A Chance for Participation & Civic Education

  • Eva Mayr Center for Cognition, Information and Management Danube University Krems Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30 3500 Krems, Austria
  • Günther Schreder Center for Cognition, Information and Management Danube University Krems Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30 3500 Krems, Austria
Keywords: Isotype, Neurath, information design, information visualization, mass communication

Abstract

In the 1920s, Otto Neurath proposed a method for pictorial statistics called “Isotype”. The Isotype pictorial statistics were intended to educate the broad public and enable them to participate in society. This method is reviewed with respect to its relevance and potential for information visualization nowadays. Though some aspects are outdated, the basic approach has still potential for information visualization and civic education. Possible new media applications are presented and their impact for civic education and participation is discussed.

Author Biographies

Eva Mayr, Center for Cognition, Information and Management Danube University Krems Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30 3500 Krems, Austria

Eva Mayr graduated in Psychology at Vienna University, Austria in 2004 and completed her doctorate in Applied Cognitive and Media Psychology at the University of Tuebingen, Germany in 2009. From 2002 to 2005 she worked at the Institute of Psychology in Vienna. Since 2008, she has been a research assistant in the Department of Knowledge and Communication Management at Danube University Krems (Austria). Her research interests focus on how new media technologies can support cognitive processing and informal learning.

Günther Schreder, Center for Cognition, Information and Management Danube University Krems Dr.-Karl-Dorrek-Straße 30 3500 Krems, Austria

Günther Schreder graduated in Psychology in 2006 at Vienna University, Austria. He worked as a freelance scientist for the Austrian Road Safety Board (2003-2007) and the Danube University Krems (2008-2011). He was a teaching assistant at the Institute of Psychology, Vienna (2005-2007). Since 2011 he is a research associate in the Department of Knowledge and Communication Management at Danube University Krems. His research interests and teaching activities include HCI, participatory information design and narrative design.

Published
2014-12-02
How to Cite
Mayr, E., & Schreder, G. (2014). Isotype Visualizations. A Chance for Participation & Civic Education. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 6(2), 136-150. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v6i2.301
Section
Research Papers