A few days ago, my colleague Jason Homer and I were talking about a very bad habit that librarians have: we love information too much. It’s so much fun to give out great info, that we we sometimes forget to stop. Too much info, or badly thought out info, will ruin a workshop, class, handout or guide. When I’m thinking about designing for info sharing I give myself rules:
- Purpose first: if you know what the goal for the workshop or handout out, you’ll do better.
- What should users be able to do after using this handout/attending this workshop?
- Use a handout to focus the info, not to give all the info
- Be clear with readers/class participants about the purpose of the handout (“this info is on the handout, so you don’t need to write it down”)
- Your outline should be clear on the handout, but you can include more info than you’ll mention in a class.
- Do not fear white space!