UDA Webinar 2020 Vol. 1 of 5

Information Design for the Common Good

Hilary Dana Walrod

Thursday, February 27 at Noon EST



Through both design and education, my aim is to move people. One approach to doing so is information design, which provides a powerful intersection of the two. How can information design be leveraged to prompt people to change individual habits for the common good? It can be employed to move people by presenting nonprescriptive options for change alongside or through data. In other words, it can provide both incentives (the “why”) and implements (the “how”) – which can facilitate hope and/or action.

In this presentation, I will share my ongoing series of information design projects inspired to change food habits and informed by interdisciplinary research. This includes projects recognized by the UDA Annual Idea Design Competition, the AIGA Minnesota Design Show, the UCDA (University & College Designers Association) Annual Design Competition, Gallery Project, the Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo, and the Tipton Gallery at East Tennessee State University.

Parts of this series have been presented previously at the UCDA Design Education Summit – Design for the Common Good, Catalyst State – Iowa Design Weekend, the AIGA Iowa Sustain Green Salon Series, The Orton Family Foundation Community Matters Conference, Michigan State University, and the University of Minnesota.


Webinar Contents

Welcoming by Mediator
Kelly Salchow MacArthur

UDA President
Associate Professor of Michigan State University, USA

Presentation by
Hilary Dana Walrod
UDA Executive Director
Dean for the School of Arts & Sciences
Associate Professor of Graphic Design & Digital Media
Colby-Sawyer College, USA

Response and Discussion
with all attendees

Final Remark by Mediator


In keeping with the UDA mission of celebrating global awareness and providing both educational and professional opportunities in communication design, UDA offers webinars. These events are one of many activities as we continue to develop our design awareness in society and culture.