It is an exciting time for research in information design. Researchers are now in the rather luxurious position of being able to draw on nearly a century of findings about rhetoric, writing, visual design, psychology, culture, and human communication. Not only are researchers expanding on past work, but they are also developing hybrid lines of inquiry that cross disciplinary borders and break methodological stereotypes. The last few decades have been marked by growth not only in the number of studies1 carried out, but also in the forums for sharing this work, for example, journals, electronic mailing lists, and conferences.2 On the surface, research in information design appears healthy and vigorous.