Information Design

24 July 2012

Crashing through the type

Crashing through the type

Time magazine infographics by Nigel Holmes, 1970s – infodesign in Eye 82
It was good luck, really, writes Nigel Holmes. Walter Bernard, Time’s art director, was looking for someone to do the magazine’s charts and diagrams when I walked into his New York office in September 1977, during a job-finding visit to the United States.

20 July 2012

Gays, junkies & Africans: who cares?

Gays, junkies & Africans: who cares?

The international challenges of communicating AIDS awareness
Contemporary consumer society has particular features that present communication challenges for the social service sector, writes Lynne Ciochetto.

18 July 2012

Training the big guns

Training the big guns

Peter Sullivan’s newspaper war visuals, 1970s & 80s – from Eye 82
Peter Sullivan worked at The Sunday Times in the 1970s and 80s, an era when the newspaper innovated in every department from editorial design and photography to investigative journalism, writes Max Gadney in Eye 82.

11 July 2012

Big business, big world

Big business, big world

Herbert Bayer’s World Geo-Graphic Atlas, 1953 – infodesign in Eye 82
Long before multinational corporations discovered the usefulness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in ameliorating a public relations disaster, companies such as the Container Corporation of America (CCA) were pursuing the profit motive with a socially aware ethos embedded in practice, writes Peter Brawne in Eye 82.

5 July 2012

Taught from a new angle

Taught from a new angle

Oliver Byrne’s Elements of Euclid, 1847 – infodesign history in Eye 82
Euclid’s Elements has been the introductory text to geometry since it was compiled by the Greek mathematician around 300 BCE, writes Alexander Ecob in Eye 82.

2 July 2012

The art of illumination

The art of illumination

Will Burtin, the man who invented infodesign, 1940s – from Eye 82
Born in 1908 in a working-class district of Cologne, nothing about Will Burtin’s childhood suggested that the boy would one day pioneer several fields of graphic design, writes Robert Fripp in Eye 82.

29 June 2012

Graphic and grotesque

Graphic and grotesque

Hidden Treasure shows the human body in all its pathos and horror.
Hidden Treasure is a deceptively innocuous title for a book devoted to pictures of skin diseases, deformity, war wounds, experimental surgery and blood-chilling health warnings, writes Rick Poynor in his latest Critique.

25 June 2012

Lady with the diagram

Lady with the diagram

anne-marie conway

Florence Nightingale on Crimean War mortality, 1858 – infodesign in Eye 82
The vision of Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’, doing ward rounds in her Crimean war hospital, is embedded in the British psyche, writes Anne-Marie Conway in Eye 82.

18 June 2012

A circle that moved the earth

A circle that moved the earth

alexander ecob

Copernicus’s diagram of the planets, 1543 – infodesign history in Eye 82
With the spread of print and Protestantism dethroning old sources of certainty, sixteenth-century Germany was ripe for revolution, writes Alexander Ecob in Eye 82.

13 June 2012

Charts change minds

Charts change minds

anne-marie conway

Description of the slave ship Brookes, 1788 – infodesign history in Eye 82
Eighteenth-century abolitionists used every propaganda tool in the book, but one of their most widely circulated visual aids was an innovative diagram of the Liverpool slave ship Brookes, first published in 1788, writes Anne-Marie Conway in Eye 82.
 
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