Speaker Isabel Meirelles


Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD

Isabel Meirelles is a designer and educator whose intellectual curiosity lies in the relationships between visual thinking and visual representation. Isabel is a Professor in the Faculty of Design and a researcher in the Visual Analytics Lab at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. In addition to collaborating with scientists and humanists in the development of visualization systems, Isabel’s research focuses on the examination of the fundamentals underlying how information is structured, represented and communicated in different media. Current research interests include extending graphical literacy to scientific disciplines, especially in the process of externalizing knowledge and communicating findings. Isabel is the co-founder and co-organizer of Information+ (http://informationplusconference.com/), a biennial conference bringing together researchers and practitioners in information design and visualization to discuss common questions and challenges, going to its third edition in 2020. Meirelles is the author of “Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations” (Rockport, 2013), with translations to French (2014) and Spanish (2014).