Photo of Isabel Meirelles
imeirelles@faculty.ocadu.ca
Photo of Isabel Meirelles
Isabel Meirelles
Professor
Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies
ORCID# 0000-0001-8111-6002
imeirelles@faculty.ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Information Design & Visualization, Communication Design, Interactive design, Motion Graphics

Overview

Isabel Meirelles is a designer and educator whose intellectual curiosity lies in the relationships between visual thinking and visual representation. Prior to her appointment at OCAD University, Meirelles taught undergraduate and graduate studio and seminar communication design courses at Northeastern University, Boston (2003–2014).

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 the author of Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations (Rockport Publishers, 2013). She is also a Principal Investigator at the Visual Analytics Lab, OCAD U.

Meirelles is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences dealing with information design, motion graphics, and design education. She frequently collaborates with colleagues in the sciences and the humanities in interdisciplinary projects involving visualization of information.

Education

MFA, Communication Design, Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA, U.S.

MArch, History & Theory of Architecture, A.A. School of Architecture, London, U.K.

BArch, FABESP, São Paulo, Brazil. 

 

Professional Experience

Isabel's professional experience includes architecture, art, and communication design. She has held positions in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that includes chairperson of the Art Education & Public Affairs Department at the MASP–Museum of Art of Sao Paulo (the principal art museum in Brazil), and senior design positions at major publishing companies, including one of the largest media holdings in Latin America, Editora Abril. While in Boston and now in Toronto, Isabel has continued a small design practice that focuses mainly on projects for cultural and nonprofit institutions.

Awards \ Grants

last 5 years      

In 2017, Isabel was selected the recipient of the 2015/2016 OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity
In 2015 her book Design for Information received Gold in the Editorial Category at the IIIDawards 2014, International Institute for Information Design (IIID), Austria.

SELECTED JURIED RESEARCH FUNDING
2016-2017:  Co-PI: I. Meirelles, K. Gillieson (ECUAD). Connection Grant, SSHRC. Project: Information+, CAD$ 24,297
2015-2016:  Co-applicant: York U (lead institution), OCAD U, Brock U. Shared Online Course Fund, Gov. of  Ontario. Project: Interactive Design Learning Modules, CAD$ 75,000
2015-2020:  Co-applicant in Theme 3 lead by grant Co-PI S. Diamond, OCAD U, ORF-RE, Project: iCity, CAD$ 2,953,680
2014-2017:  PI: I. Meirelles. IAIGA DEC, Project: Interactive Info Viz Deconstructed, US$ 7,500
2012-2013:  Co-PI: E. Dillon, N. Aljoe, D. Lazer, I. Meirelles. Northeastern U. Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Project: Early Caribbean Digital Archive, US$ 50,000
2011-2012:  Co-PI: R. Patel, I. Meirelles. Northeastern U. Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Project: Visualizing Speech Melody, US$50,000

Commissions

last 5 years      

2017
Design of art book with artwork by Indian artist Bharti Kher. Work commissioned by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Scheduled: Fall 2017.
Design of art book with artwork by Italian-American artist Luisa Rabbia for her exhibition Love at the Collezione Maramotti, Regio Emilia, Italy. Scheduled: October 2017.

2016
Design of a set of visualizations: Toronto Parks & Recreation data. Work with P. Davila and OCADU GD undergraduate students: N. Pilla, S. Tarar, J. Yao, S. Young. Commissioned by the City of Toronto. Private funding.  

2015
Design of art book MDC with L. Rabbia to celebrate M. Diacono’s 85th birthday. Ed. del Pareto & Luigi Maramotti.
Curator and designer of exhibition The Art of Networks II. New York Hall of Science, New York, 03/26–05/31.

2014
Design and production of app for iPhone and Android for the contemporary art exhibition Carla Fernandez: The Barefoot Designer. Work commissioned by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. URL: http://bit.ly/1A0jU2c 

2013
Design and production of iPad app for the contemporary art exhibition Great Bare Mat & Constellation by the Raqs Media Collective. Work commissioned by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. URL: http://bit.ly/1d4ybjZ 

2012
Design of book Great Bare Mat & Constellation displaying work by Indian artists the Raqs Media Collective. Work commissioned by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. URL: http://bit.ly/1d4ybjZ
Curator and designer of exhibition The Art of Networks. The Foosaner Art Museum, Melbourne, FL, 03/08–04/08. 

Selected Publications

last 5 years      

2017 
I. Meirelles. Malofiej: The Past 25 years. Javier Errea (Ed). Past, Present, Future. 25 Years of Information Graphics. Pamplona, Spain: SND-E.
I. Meirelles, K. Gillieson (Eds): Special Issue: Information+, Information Design Journal–IDJ, John Benjamins. https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/idj.23.1/main
I. Meirelles, M. Schich, R. Malina. Complex Network Analysis of Arts and Humanities. R. Alhajj & J. Rokne (Eds) Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining 2nd edition. Springer-Verlag. https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007/978-1-4614-7163-9_28-1
M. Schich, I. Meirelles, E. Edmonds (Eds) Special Section: Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks, Leonardo, Vol. 50, No. 5, 445-450, MIT Press. Forthcoming
I. Meirelles. Interview: Kinetic Visualizations. R.B. Stone & L.Wahlin (Eds). Kinetic Emergence: The Theory and Practice of Motion Design. Common Ground Publishing Forthcoming
I. Meirelles. Visualizing Information. Flanders, Julia & Jannidis, Fotis (Eds). The Shape of Data in Digital Humanities: Modeling Texts and Text-based Materials. Surrey, UK: Ashgate. Forthcoming

2016
M. Schich, I. Meirelles, R. Malina. E-BOOK: Arts, Humanities, and Complex Networks 5th edition. MIT Press (First edition, 2012) > MIT Press Journals Podcast: http://goo.gl/csI8ZG 
I. Meirelles. The Visualizing Spirit in the Twenty-first Century (abstract). In Diagrammatic Representation and Inference 9th International Conference, Diagrams 2016 Proceedings, Springer.
C. Dunne, C. Skelton, S. Diamond I. Meirelles, M. Martino. Quantitative, Qualitative, and Historical Urban Data Visualization Tools for Professionals & Stakeholders. Proceedings of HCI International 2016, Springer.
M. Schich, I. Meirelles, E. Edmonds (Eds) Special Section: Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks, Leonardo, Vol. 49, No. 5, 445-450, MIT Press. www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/49/5

2015
B. F. Welles, I. Meirelles: Visualizing Computational Social Science: The Multiple Lives of a Complex Image. Science Communication, SAGE Publications, Feb 2015 vol. 37 no.1 34-58. http://goo.gl/nO6iTK

2014
I. Meirelles, M. Schich, R. Malina. Complex Network Analysis of Arts and Humanities. R. Alhajj & J. Rokne (Eds) Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag. http://goo.gl/f2WsIs
M. Schich, I. Meirelles, E. Edmonds (Eds) Special Section: Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks, Leonardo, Vol. 47, No. 3, 265–279, MIT Press. www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/47/3

2013
I. Meirelles. Design for Information: An introduction to the histories, theories, and best practices behind effective information visualizations, Rockport Publishers. http://amzn.to/145tqSQ
>In French (2014) Design de l’Information. Trans. C. Vair. Parramón France. http://amzn.to/1sikeoC
>In Spanish (2014) La Información en el Diseño. Trans. M.A. Antolín.Parramón Paidotribo. http://amzn.to/1pF7yEU
I. Meirelles, C.A. Hidalgo, A. Simões. Case Study: The Development of the HDI Tree. Fadel, Spinillo, Moura & Triska (Eds).Selected Readings of 5th Information Design International Conference. São Paulo: SBDI, 12-26
I. Meirelles, X. Sun: Teaching information visualization by exploring their power in engaging users of social media applications. InfoDesign—Brazilian Journal of Information Design. http://goo.gl/6Lg6Rb
I. Meirelles, R. S. Kjærgaard, M. Meyer, B. Wong. The cross-disciplinary challenges of visualizing data (White Paper). SEAD Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts & Design, NSF report. https://goo.gl/D6UYfo
M. Schich, I. Meirelles, E. Edmonds (Eds) Special Section: Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks, Leonardo, Leonardo, Vol. 46, No. 3, 267–279 MIT Press. www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/46/3

2012
M. Schich, I. Meirelles, E. Edmonds (Eds) Special Section: Arts, Humanities and Complex Networks, Leonardo,  Leonardo, Vol. 45, No. 1, 77–89 MIT Press. www.mitpressjournals.org/toc/leon/45/1

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Member of Editorial Board, Information Design Journal–IDJ, John Benjamins Publishing Company, Netherlands.
Editorial Advisor, Leonardo journal, MIT Press, U.S.
Guest Editor with M. Schich (UTDallas), Special Section on Art, Humanities and Complex Network, Leonardo journal, MIT Press, U.S.
Member of Editorial Board, Applied Network Science, SpringerOpen Journal, Springer, U.S.