Communicate Information Effectively through Illustration

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Class Project

Design an Aircraft Safety Card

Information Design is everywhere. It is the stop sign you see on your corner, the evacuation directions in case of emergency on an airplane, or the CPR guide at the pool. It is a visual representation of information or a set of directions for the sole purpose of the viewer's understanding.

 In this class, we are going to look at examples of information design and how it can be communicated effectively through illustration. I am going to walk you through what works and what doesn't, and you are going to learn how to communicate information in new and interesting ways—engaging, effective, and beautiful.

What You'll Learn

You will learn what it means to communicate information effectively — from your perspective while injecting your own creativity and style. We'll cover:

  • Introduction. We will look at examples of information and process design in public spaces, and identify what works and what doesn't.
  • Identifying your Topic & Collecting Inspiration. I prepared a brief for you to work on. You will collect information to organize and design, and I will share with you resources.
  • Generating Ideas & Making Ugly Sketches. Getting ideas from your head on paper.
  • Refining Your Sketches. You will be creating tighter drawings of your ugly sketches. At this stage, the flow and the elements of your illustrations should be clearly defined.
  • Creating the Final Illustration. Digitizing your illustrations into a fully understandable, visually appealing piece of information design. I will share some tips on how I use Illustrator and Photoshop. 

What You'll Do

Airline companies have different airplane safety cards. For this class, we will make our own version. The task is to make your piece more effective in communication and more beautiful through illustration.

Through this process you will understand how to combine form with function, and you will begin to look at communication & information design in your day to day life with a critical eye. This skill is a necessary design skill, and one that will greatly improve your visual communication.


This is an intermediate level class because prior knowledge of Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop is required. Students should have access to Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop which you can download a free trial of at

Level: Intermediate

Dan Matutina

Illustrator and Communication Designer

I'm Dan Matutina, a designer and illustrator based in the Philippines. I love mixing handmade & digital, clean & dirty, old & modern aesthetics. I combine colors with different textures & shapes to tell a story.

I was recently awarded the Art Directors Club Young Guns Award for 2013 (Year 11). 

I am the co-founder of Plus63 Design Co., a design studio that creates brand identities, strategize communications, design and illustrate for print & web.

I was born in Tacloban City, Leyte, an island province south of Manila. My province is rich in stories of epic war battles and traditional folklore. Having been born on July 20 -- sharing the same month and day of the first man on the moon -- I also grew up with a keen interest in reading science encyclopedias and works of science fiction, apart from detective novels and comics. Although I studied at a high school geared towards math and science, I still pursued my passion for drawing and painting. 

My client list includes Fast Co, The Wall Street Journal, GOOD Magazine, WIRED, Popular Mechanics, Jamie Oliver Magazine, Rogue, Walker Books, ESPN, Havaianas, Paypal, Mediatemple, Google, Frog Design, Natural Resources Defense Council, Droga5 (for ID Gum) Giant Ant, IDW Publishing (Cobra Files), Heineken, Nike & Coca-Cola.

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