Information Design Lab

The digital presence of Information Design Lab, IDC, IIT Bombay

About the lab

The Information Design Lab at IDC, IIT Bombay uses theory-based visual design and analytical methods to discover and validate insights from data, and translate them into systems, methods, and frameworks that help in mindfully created human-information interactions.

The advent of high technology information, imaging, networked & mobile devices and social media systems has fostered a modern renaissance in visualization. Just as the great artists of the European Renaissance were also designers, inventors, scientists & architects, we think the modern visualizers have an important role to play in decoding the increasingly complex world and make it fundamentally better for all humans.

We utilize graphic design, interactive computer graphics, data-processing algorithms, and emerging technologies to address challenging problems in data, design, & art. We work on projects with the objective of data-based understanding on a range of issues from urban living, to education in resource constrained schools, to transportation, to generative art.

We work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative atmosphere with partners from academia, government agencies and NGOs to conduct research integrated with education.

Projects

Indian Satellites
An interactive visualization exploring various characteristics of satellites India has launched from 1975 till August 2017.
Exploring 2017 UP Assembly Election Results
An interactive visualization of past three Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections.
Accidents by un-natural causes in Indian States and Union Territories
An interactive visualization of ten years of accidental deaths due to un-natural causes.
Marriages in Singapore
An analysis and interactive visualization of the state of marriages in Singapore based on 30 years of data from the Singapore Government civil marriage registry.
Education Infrastructural Data Visualisation for Maharashtra
An interactive zoomable treemap visualisation for infrastructural facilities in Maharashtra across hierarchies of Division, District, Block, Cluster, Village and School.
Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections 2016
An exploratory data story on the recently concluded assembly elections.
Data Visualization for Mumbai
A tool to visualise Mumbai's spatial data by Akshay Kore.
Mumbai Heritage
This project attempts to create awareness of Mumbai's heritage sites and provides a visual exploration of them by Sitara Shah. Featured in Architectural Digest.
OSLA - Open School Learning Analytics
A Learning Analytics Platform for Resource Constrained Schools by Sanket Kulkarni.
Data Art (DRS) Projects
50 years of Mumbai Weather by Baisampayan
Jayalalithaa Assets Case Timeline
A visual timeline of the case by Mansi Sood
Visualizing Mumbai Open Data
An ongoing exploration of open-data about Mumbai. Read more about the project.

Recent Papers

Visualization of election data: Using interaction design and visual discovery for communicating complex insights
By Kuhu Gupta, Shailaja Sampat, Manas Sharma, Venkatesh Rajamanickam
Published in Vol 8, No 2 (2016) Special Issue "Open and Visual Access to Information" of JeDEM journal (ISSN: 2075-9517)
Download paper in PDF format or view the interactive visualization
Using Interactive Data Visualization to Explore Non-Linear Movie Narratives
By Rasagy Sharma, Venkatesh Rajamanickam
Published in Volume VII, Issue 1 of Parsons Journal for Information Mapping
Download paper in PDF format or view the interactive visualization
Suitability of Form for Data: An Analysis of Data Visualization Projects
By Deepika Sahai, Lalit Chaudhari, Sindhu MS, & Sindhu S Rao
Published in Volume VII, Issue 2 of Parsons Journal for Information Mapping
Download paper in PDF format

Courses

Workshops & Talks

Internships

The lab is open to a small number of internships year round to both IIT Bombay and external students. If you would like to work with us, write with comprehensive information about who you are, why you want to do your internship with us, and the period of internship. A short resume and links to samples of your work if any would be nice. Mass emails with generic requests will not be entertained.
There is some IITB administrative information on internships to external students here.

People

Faculty

Prof. Venkatesh Rajamanickam (@venkatrajam)

Research Associate

Students

Manas Sharma
Arihant Parsoya
Prastut Kumar
Manasi Mankad
Udayan Vidyanta
Manoj Kumar

Alumni

Ruchi Ookalkar
Kuhu Gupta
Shailaja Sampat
Manas Sharma
Akshay Kore
Sylvan Lobo
Sanket Kulkarni
Baisampayan Saha
Debasish Biswas
Riken Patel
Mansi Sood

Contact

Reach out to Prof. Venkatesh Rajamanickam for details about projects, future collaboration and internships.