Information Design

6 February 2013

Work to make it simple

Work to make it simple

A review of this year’s Design of Understanding conference by Mark Barratt
‘Stuff that Max Gadney and his friends think is interesting’ would have been a more awkward but accurate title for the one-day conference ‘The Design of Understanding’, writes Mark Barratt. The event was curated by Gadney, an information designer, at St Bride Library, London on Friday 25 January 2013.

25 January 2013

Back when the future looked bright

Back when the future looked bright

A printed guide to the 1951 Festival of Britain prompted Nigel Ball to consider the value placed on design by governments – then and now
Not seeing the value of investment in design is a folly of the current British government, writes Nigel Ball.

22 January 2013

Coming to an Understanding at St Bride

Coming to an Understanding at St Bride

The third annual DoU information design conference takes place in London this Friday
This Friday sees the third annual Design of Understanding conference at St Bride Library in London.

15 January 2013

Ladies’ unmentionables

Ladies’ unmentionables

Shelley Gruendler is fascinated by the graphic language of feminine hygiene disposal bags
Twenty years ago, while in my second year at design school, I pilfered my first ‘feminine hygiene sanitary disposal’ bag from a doctor’s office in Raleigh, North Carolina, writes Shelley Gruendler.

23 December 2012

While the city Tweets

While the city Tweets

Brendan Dawes’s digital portraits visualise data drawn from the online chatter of British city-dwellers
To mark the arrival of the 4G mobile network in eleven cities across the UK, telecom giant EE (Everything Everywhere) commissioned digital artist Brendan Dawes to create ‘digital portraits’ of each city.

5 December 2012

Sticky fingers

Sticky fingers

A new book by Marion Deuchars inspires children to get stuck in and make marks that are truly digital
Marion Deuchars’ Let’s make some great fingerprint art is the latest in her series of books that inspire children to explore artistic practice. The book has the appeal of a half-finished sketchbook, begging for inky fingers and paint-covered hands to fill its pages, writes Sarah Snaith.

28 November 2012

Info design for children

Info design for children

The children’s books produced by Isotype combined child-centred focus with technical accuracy, writes Sue Walker
The Max Parrish Colour Books – described as ‘simple and vivid in colour’ in the publisher’s 1961 catalogue – were designed by Marie Neurath and her team of Isotype designers and artists in the 1950s and 1960s, including Kenneth James, Evelyn Worboys, John Ellis and Barbara Young, writes Sue Walker.

15 November 2012

Back of the net

Back of the net

Give a big hand for Howler, a confident, upmarket print magazine for US soccer fans.
Howler is a ‘a print quarterly for North American soccer enthusiasts’ edited by George Quraishi and Mark Kirby with art direction from New York’s Robert Priest and Grace Lee (Priest + Grace), writes Peter Robertson.

1 November 2012

Common ground: a designer’s letter from Venice

Common ground: a designer’s letter from Venice

stencils

John Morgan explains the thinking behind his visual identity for the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice (director David Chipperfield).
The Venetian stencil street signs or nizioletti don’t prevent you from getting lost in the labyrinth. But they allow you to get lost in the most elegant way writes John Morgan.

19 October 2012

‘X’ marks the spot

‘X’ marks the spot

Bloomberg Businessweek’s ‘Election special’, packed with striking infographics, shows there is still space for innovation on the newsstand.
The latest edition of Bloomberg Businessweek is an election special, packed with the kind of stimulating editorial information design we have come to expect from the team led by Richard Turley.
 
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