Book review Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters by Harold Evans
We have reviewed Harold Evan’s book Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters on UXmatters. What do people mean by clear writing, what exactly is clear, what can we do to make our writing work for as many people as possible, what does best practice advise? All these questions are raised and explored in the book review. (Please note this book review was heavily copyedited and reworded by the editor.) Thanks to Pabini. March 2020.
Writing 2 interviews for the Information Design Journal, 24(3), 2018
We are delighted to announce that we have done 2 interviews for the Information Design Journal, 24(3), 2018.
The 1st interview is User Experience Research and SoundCloud in Berlin: An Interview With Brian Snead, Senior User Experience Researcher at SoundCloud on all things users and SoundCloud.
The 2nd interview is A Discussion on the Past, Present and Future of Paper: An Interview With Renée Yardley and Robert Mannix. Renée Yardley is Senior Vice-president Sales and Marketing at Rolland Papers, and Robert Mannix is Creative Papers Director at Antalis.
Thanks again to Carla, Brian, Renée and Robert. October 2019.
Writing AccessAbility 2: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design work showcase
Our work and research is on page 25 of AccessAbility 2: A Practical Handbook on Accessible Graphic Design produced by RGD (Association of Registered Graphic Designers) in partnership with the Government of Ontario (Canada). This guide is a good starter into good practice graphic communication design, accessibility and usability. Thanks to all the team at RGD. May 2019.
Writing Updates to our Letter and Symbol Misrecognition [...] paper on the Typography.Guru website
Our paper Letter and Symbol Misrecognition in Highly Legible Typefaces for General, Children, Dyslexic, Visually Impaired and Ageing Readers [2019 4th Edition] has been updated with new information and has been further editorially corrected. Thanks to Ralf. May 2019.
Book review Typographic Style Handbook book review in the Information Design Journal
We have done an extensive book review of the Typographic Style Handbook by Michael Mitchell by Susan Wightman in the Information Design Journal, 24(2), 2018. April 2019.
Writing No More New Similar Typefaces for Extended Reading, Please! paper
For a 2nd time we have partnered with Ralf Herrmann from the Typography.Guru website, to publish our paper No More New Similar Typefaces for Extended Reading, Please! This paper seeks to briefly explore the issue of design similarity and usefulness in contemporary typeface design and development. Thanks once again to Ralf. November 2018.
Award Longlisted in the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2018
We have made it onto the longlist (step 1 of a possible 3, to the final awards) in the Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards 2018, with our infographic that we did for our paper titled Information on Different Types of People for Graphic Communication, Website and Information Designers published on Usability Geek. The judges moved our submission from the People, Language and Identity category to Visualisation and Information Design. You can view our submission here. Wish us luck. September 2018.
Writing New chapter in Citizen Designer (2nd Edition) book
We have written a chapter titled Accessibility and Usability in Communication Design on pages 140–157 in a new book title Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility (2nd Edition) by Steven Heller and Veronique Vienne. The chapter involved quite a bit of work and includes 46 references. We have read the book all the way through and what would we say about it?:
‘The most amazing book, the content is relevant, thought‑provoking and insightful. Almost every page raises many valid points. It is really a treasure trove of issues. This book is a great read for every graphic communication designer. Find out about your responsibilities as a graphic communication designer’.
Unfortunately the book (as of August 2018) is currently not available to order through U.K. bookshops (there are no copies in a distributor yet) you have to get it direct from Skyhorse Publishing/Allworth Press website. Many thanks to Steven for the opportunity. August 2018.
Writing What Do Graphic Communication Designers Do? [...] paper
We have published a paper called What Do Graphic Communication Designers Do? Some Thoughts and a List of Disciplines and Specialisms on our Medium. That is intended to show what graphic designers do, the areas they have to know about, and also for people choosing a career in this field. February 2018.
Writing Information on Different Categories of People […] and infographic
Note: this paper was originally published on the Usability Geek website in February 2018. In May 2020, we moved it to our Medium so we can update it more easily.
Our paper Information on Different Categories of People for Graphic Communication, Website and Information Designers Including Free Reusable Infographic has been published on the Usability Geek website. This is the second time we have collaborated with Usability Geek. There is also a freely reusable and copyright free infographic at the end of the paper that accompanies the paper. You can download the infographic as a PNG (an image which is good for emails or websites), PDF (which can be made any size, and allows high-quality printing) or HTML (online webpage). Thanks again to Justin.
Susan Weinschenk (PhD in psychology) and CEO at The Team W showcased this paper in her April 2018 email newsletter, and in 2015 we reviewed her book 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People in the Information Design Journal 21(1), 2014.
The The A11Y Project that provides a great accessibility checklist for website designers, they have kindly linked to this paper in their resources section under further reading.
The Public Library Accessibility Resource Centre (PLARC) and its website Accessible Libraries, is a collaborative project between the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS) and the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) in Canada, they have linked to our paper on their website. February 2018.
Writing 10 Tips For Better Book Designs paper republished on UXPlanet.org
Our paper 10 Tips For Better Book Designs has been republished on the UXPlanet.org website. This is the 4th time this paper has been requested to be republished. Thanks to Nick. October 2017.
Writing Small Print In Graphic Communication and Information Design: A Discussion of Issues and Interactions paper
Our paper Small Print In Graphic Communication and Information Design: A Discussion of Issues and Interactions has been published on the Usability Geek website. It is a paper about the areas of writing, graphic communication design, information design, usability and people. Thanks to Justin. January 2017.
Writing Letter and Symbol Misrecognition […] paper updated on the Typography.Guru website
Our paper Letter and Symbol Misrecognition in Highly Legible Typefaces for General, Children, Dyslexic, Visually Impaired and Ageing Readers [2016 2nd Edition] has been updated and republished on the Typography.Guru website as a 2016 2nd edition. Updates were done to figures, new research and corrections.
Thanks once again to Typography.Guru, and to Steven Heller for his interest in his Daily Heller: Type for Impaired Eyes in Print Magazine (24th October 2016).
Writing Snapshots III book
Our paper 10 Tips for Better Book Designs has been republished in a book called Snapshots III (ISBN: 978-1-909362-03-1) produced by the Book Machine and Kingston University Press. It contains short papers from a range of people in the publishing industry. They are working on getting a distributor for the book, more information about the book can be found here. August 2016.
Event Graphic Design Educators’ Network Pedagogic Research Symposium
We attended the symposium at the Design School, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, U.K. on Wednesday 20th April 2016, 1pm–5pm.
It was very pleasant, interesting and in a nice modern building. The highlight presentation was by: Dr Karel van der Waarde Communication Design Education: Could 9 Reflections be Sufficient? For details about the next event and for more information visit the Graphic Design Educators’ Network website.
Update Our business name
In 2015, we have updated our name from User Design to User Design, Illustration and Typesetting.
Writing Letter and Symbol Misrecognition […] paper published on the Typography.Guru website
Our paper Letter and Symbol Misrecognition in Highly Legible Typefaces for General, Children, Dyslexic, Visually Impaired and Ageing Readers has been published on the Typography.Guru website. Thanks also to Design Week, ilovetypography.com, Smashing Magazine, The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) and Typostrate for taking an interest in the paper. December 2015.
Writing Letter and Symbol Misrecognition […] paper and book review in the Information Design Journal
Our paper Letter and Symbol Misrecognition in Highly Legible Typefaces for General, Children, Dyslexic, Visually Impaired and Ageing Readers has been published in the Information Design Journal, 21(1), 2014.
We have also done a book review of Susan Weinschenk’s great book 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People at the end of the journal. June 2015.
Writing 10 Tips for Better Book Designs paper
Our paper has been republished for a 3rd time in a near original form, on the Book Machine website. The paper was only edited by them slightly. March 2015.
Writing When Information Design is a Matter of Life or Death paper
Our double peer-reviewed article When Information Design is a Matter of Life or Death has been published on the Boxes and Arrows website. November 2014.
Work showcase 1 of our illustrations published in a new book
We have an illustration featured in a new book 1,000 Dog Portraits published by Rockport Publishers. April 2014.