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Welcome to IAT-235! (Sept. 8 - Sept. 9)

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Welcome to IAT-235

Thank-you for joining the Fall 2021 version of Information Design! As this course will be run flexibly this term, there will be weekly announcements to clarify and remind you of what is coming up. Specifically:

While we will aim to keep these announcements as succinct as possible this week's announcement is a bit long as we are covering some pre-first-lecture important items. Thanks for your patience!

The teaching team

We — Andrew Hawryshkewich (your lecturer), Pouria Delfanazari (TA for D102/D101), and Kimia Aghaei (TA for D103/D104) — will be teaching the course this term. We look forward to meeting you in-person soon!

Course overview

To make sure you understand what you can expect of Information Design, we recommend reading through:

Communicating with the class

Please make sure any communications in the class follow our Email and conduct rules outlined in the syllabus.

We will have four options for communicating about the course:


Please allow up to 2 business days for responses. We do not provide design critique via email or course chat. Please arrange a meeting or attend office hours for design critique.

To make our responses faster, please include the following in your email:

Course chatroom

We are using Discord this term for our 'course chat'. To join please:

  1. Sign up for the service.
  2. Once signed up you can sign-in at https://ah1.ca/chat235 or through the Discord apps.

A reminder that we do not provide design critique via chat.

Office hours

All weekly office hours for Andrew, Pouria, and Kimia will be posted by Sept. 16 to the office hours listing. There will be a mixture of in-person and remote office hours available.


There will be open time during most of our lectures to accommodate questions or support.


Lectures will be run with a preference for in-person attendance. Knowing that some of you are still in quarantine or may be unable to attend during the term due to illness, you will be able to join the lecture on Zoom (linked on Canvas) or watch a recording later in the week.

You will need to log into sfu.zoom.us before being able to access the lecture or online office hour rooms.


Yes, there are labs this week. For those who are unable to attend due to quarantine or illness, please email Andrew to follow-up on what you have missed.

This week's reading

Please try to complete readings before the lecture, however, there will be time set aside in each lecture to complete the reading should you need.

This week's reading is: Lupton, Ellen and Phillips, Jennifer C. (2015). "Rhythym and Balance (48-59), Hierarchy (128-139)." Graphic Design: The New Basics (2nd Ed). Princeton Architectural Press.

A PDF of the reading is available on Canvas. The reading should take about 14 minutes to finish (2800 words).

Reading reflections

We will talk more about the reading reflections in this week's lecture.

Questions or concerns?

Of course should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email Andrew, email Pouria, email Kimia, or message us over chat and we will respond as quickly as possible.