Intro Call for Participation About

Information+ is an interdisciplinary conference that brings together researchers, educators, and practitioners in information design and data visualization to discuss common questions and challenges in these rapidly changing fields. Information+ seeks to foster productive exchanges amongst the variety of people involved in the theories, practices and pedagogies of analyzing and communicating information.

Information+ will be held online between 27th September – 2nd October, 2021 at minimal cost to attendees. Building on the experiences from the previous installments of Information+ 2016 at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver and Information+ 2018 at University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, we seek to significantly broaden the base of our interdisciplinary community. We are working to design a new kind of online event for the Information+ community; it will not be a typical online conference. We will be posting regular updates about our plans for the format as they develop.

In 2020, Information+ was scheduled to be held in-person at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). Due to the risks posed by COVID-19, that event was cancelled. The 2021 online format is intended to enable the safest and most inclusive possible event, given continued uncertainties about the viability of large in-person gatherings.

Important Dates

20 May 2021 Deadline for submissions
20 July 2021 Notification of acceptance
30 July 2021 Confirmation by authors
27 Sep – 2 Oct 2021 Conference

Call for Participation

Information+, an interdisciplinary conference for information design and data visualization, invites proposals from all relevant areas of professional practice, research, and pedagogy.

We welcome submissions on topics, such as but not limited to the following: algorithmic accountability, critical visualization, cultural analytics, data journalism, data studies, digital civics, digital humanities, environmental awareness, health information, historical collections, science communication, and social advocacy. All proposals must feature original work, which has not been presented previously.

Proposals should contain the following elements: a clear research question or design objective; a discussion of related work; an explanation of methods employed or design decisions undertaken; culminating findings, reflections, and contributions. There are two possible formats for proposals, both of which are appropriate for academic and practice-based work: 15-minute paper presentations and 5-minute lightning talks. Please, use EasyChair to submit your proposals by 20 May 2021. The paper presentations and lightning talks will be pre-recorded by the authors, with live discussions among presenters and participants during the event between 27th – October 2nd. More information about the live format will be shared after contributions have been accepted.

Additional information

To foster a diversity of submissions, only one proposal is allowed by each author. In the case of multi-authored submissions, the limit is increased to two proposals per author.

Authors accepted for presentation at the conference will have an opportunity to submit articles for publication in a special issue of an open-access academic journal. Articles will be selected by a peer review process. Submission and selection for the journal will take place after the conference. Previous special issues have been published as open access with the Information Design Journal: IDJ 23.1 has articles from the 2016 conference, and IDJ 25:1 from the 2018 event.

Formats for Proposals

15-minute paper presentation

Submit a long abstract (1000 words) with one descriptive figure and 3 keywords.

5-minute lightning talk

Submit a short abstract (500 words) with one descriptive figure and 3 keywords.

→ Please, submit via EasyChair by 20 May.

Evaluation Criteria

Each submission will be evaluated by three independent reviewers from the Program Committee. Evaluations will be based on the following criteria:


Does the submission explore a novel, unconventional, or understudied approach to representing information?


Is the submission of potential interest to a broader audience, beyond the author’s primary area of academic research or practice?


Does the submission build upon and extend current knowledge of information design and visualization through the use of empirical, critical, or theoretical methods?


Information+ 2021 is made possible through the help and support of many people and partnering organizations.


Yanni Loukissas, Georgia Tech

Marian Dörk, FH Potsdam

Isabel Meirelles, OCAD University



Michele Mauri, Politecnico di Milano


Catherine D'Ignazio, MIT
Lauren Klein, Emory University


Nassim Parvin, Georgia Tech


Romi Ron Morrison, University of Southern California



Beatrice Gobbo, Tommaso Elli and Andrea Benedetti, Politecnico di Milano

Program Committee

Angela Iarocci, Sheridan College

Angela Norwood, York University

Angus Forbes, University of California, Santa Cruz

Anne Luther, MARKK

Arvind Satyanarayan, MIT

Carl DiSalvo, Georgia Tech

Carla Spinillo, Universidade Federal do Paraná

Catherine D'Ignazio, MIT

Chad Skelton, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Charles Perin, University of Victoria

Christopher Collins, UOIT

Clio Andris, Georgia Tech

Danielle Szafir, University of Colorado Boulder

Dietmar Offenhuber, Northeastern University

Dominikus Baur,

Doris Kosminsky, Universidade Federal do RJ

Eric Kindel, The University of Reading

Heather Corcoran, Washington University in St. Louis

Ilia Blinderman,

Jagoda Walny, Canada Energy Regulator

Jan Willem Tulp, TULP interactive

Jason Dykes, City, University of London

Jeremy Boy, UNDP

Jessica Bellamy, Root Cause Research Center

Jessica Roberts, Georgia Tech

John Stasko, Georgia Tech

Jorge Frascara, University of Alberta

Karel Van-Der-Waarde, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne

Katherine Gillieson, Emily Carr University

Katherine Hepworth, University of Nevada

Kennedy Elliott, National Geographic

Laura Perovich, MIT

Lauren Klein, Emory University

Lisa Charlotte Rost, Datawrapper

Lynn Cherny, Ghostweather R&D

Maarten Lambrechts, Freelance

María de los Ángeles Briones, Politecnico di Milano

Maria-Gonzalez deCossio, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana

Matthew Brehmer, Tableau

Meghan Kelly, University of Wisconsin

Michele Mauri, Politecnico di Milano

Miriah Meyer, University of Utah

Mitchell Whitelaw, Australian National University

Moritz Stefaner, Truth & Beauty

Mushon Zer-Aviv, Shenkar School of Engineering and Design

Nicole Catherine Coleman, Stanford University

Olivia Vane, British Library

Paolo Ciuccarelli, Northeastern University

Pedro Cruz, Northeastern University

Rahul Bhargava, Northeastern University

Rico Chapman, Clark Atlanta University

Robert Kosara, Tableau

Rodrigo Medeiros, Inst. Fed. de Educação Ciência e Tecnologia, Paraíba

Romina Colman, OCCRP

Romi-Ron Morrison, USC

Rupesh Mansi Vyas, Aalto University

Sarah Goodwin, Monash University

Siqi Zhu, Sidewalk Labs

Skye Moret, Pacific Northwest College of Art

Stacie Rohrbach, Carnegie Mellon, School of Design

Stephen Boyd Davis, RCA

Tamara Munzner, UBC

Till Nagel, Mannheim University of Applied Sciences

Tim Stallmann, RAD Cat

Uta Hinrichs, University of St Andrews

Valentina D'Efilippo, The Economist

Veronika Egger, IIID – International Institute for Information Design

Vincent Brown, Harvard University

Yuri Engelhardt, University of Amsterdam


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