Photo of Isabel Meirelles
Isabel Meirelles
Principal Investigator


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 (VAL) at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada. At VAL, Meirelles is currently a researcher in two ORF-RE Projects: iCity: Urban Informatics for Sustainable Metropolitan Growth, and the Big Data Research, Analytics, and Information Network (BRAIN) Alliance. Prior to her current academic appointment that began in January 2015, Meirelles taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the Art + Design department at Northeastern University, Boston (2003–14), and was a core faculty member at Northeastern’s Center for Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences (2012–14). Isabel’s research focuses on the theoretical and experimental examination of the fundamentals underlying how information is structured, represented, and communicated in different media. Meirelles is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences dealing with information design, motion graphics, and design education. Besides numerous refereed articles and book chapters, Meirelles is the author of “Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations” (Rockport Publishers, 2013). Meirelles frequently collaborates with colleagues in the sciences and the humanities in interdisciplinary projects involving visualization of information. In addition, she has continued a creative design practice focused on print publications and interactive applications devised in collaboration with artists and art curators.