News, writing and awards

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Competition judging We are a judge on the Center for Plain Language, ClearMark Awards 2013

We were asked for a 2nd year running to help judge the Center for Plain Language, ClearMark Awards 2013, in Washington, U.S.A.

The ClearMark and WonderMark awards recognise the best and worst in plain language (writing, graphic communication design and testing) each year in the form of government, non-profit, and private companies. The 2013 ClearMark and WonderMark awards ceremony was held on 16th April, 2013, at the National Press Club in Washington, U.S.A.

Unlike other competitions, in the ClearMark Awards you actually get direct user/judge feedback on your submissions, so why not apply in 2014? April 2013.

Center for Plain Language logo on the left which shows 1 blue and and 1 green speech bubble, then the title in blue and green letters to the right, with 'Make it clear.' below it in grey. On the right is the Clear Mark Awards logo, which shows a black lightbulb icon, the word 'Clear' on the left and the word 'Mark' on the right, with the word 'Awards' in small capital text below it

Work showcase Other places to see our work on the web

You can view selected work from us on Creativepool, Behance, The Creative Finder, Dexigner, Coroflot, Dribbble, ElloWorking Not Working, Creative Hotlist, Find Creatives, Dasauge, Lecture in Progress, The Department for International Trade, GOV U.K., Outside Directory.

Writing Typographic magazine: Hiut

A short version of our paper: Letter and Symbol Misrecognition in Highly Legible Typefaces for General, Children, Dyslexic, Visually Impaired and Ageing Readers has been publishing in Korean, in the typographic magazine Hiut, 4(2), 2013 [website not online anymore].

Front cover of Hiut magazine, has a light brown background with a greyscale photo of a Korean man in a portrait oval shape

Writing Letter and Symbol Misrecognition […] paper published in the international typographics magazine Baseline 61

Our paper: Letter and Symbol Misrecognition in Highly Legible Typefaces for General, Children, Dyslexic, Visually Impaired and Ageing Readers has been published in Baseline 61 (2012), Kent, U.K. Launched in 1979, it is the authoritative magazine about type and typography. The paper is essential reading for anyone interested in legibility, clear typographic design, typeface design and typographic accessibility for different types of people.

Photo of Baseline magazine, shows the title in white large text at the top with a purple, red and orange abstract square design

The paper has also been published in the typographic magazine Slanted #18, Signage/Orientation. Karlsruhe, Germany.

Photo of Slanted magazine, shows a green background colour and a grey road junction icon with the title 'Slanted' in large yellow capital letters at the top

Award Runner-up in the British Book Design and Production Awards 2012

Our self-published book: Punctuation..? came runner-up in the Environmental category in the British Book Design and Production Awards Competition 2012. The book is showcased in the award winners catalogue on page 25. Oxford, U.K.

British Book Design and Production Awards logo, in a black thin border square box, shows the letters 'B B' on the 1st line, then the letters 'D &' on the 2nd line, then the letters 'P A' on the last line

Award Merit in the 3×3 Magazine, Children’s Show Competition, Number 9, 2012

From 1,500 entries from 35 countries all over the world, our book The Journey of Larks has been awarded a merit (Young Adult Category) in the 3×3 Magazine, Children’s Show Competition, Number 9, 2012, New York, U.S.A.

3x3 logo, shows 3 x 3 in a bold white font and then the title in small capital letter, all on a black background colour

The subsequent printed annual 3×3 Children’s Book Show Annual Number 9 features our work.

Photo of the 3x3 annual front cover, shows a white rabbit's head pop-up above a sunset

Competition judging We are a judge on the Center for Plain Language, ClearMark Awards 2012

We were asked to help judge the Center for Plain Language, ClearMark Awards 2012, in Washington, U.S.A. It was enjoyable and the variety and complexity of submissions was vast, from 1-page letters to complex multi-page forms.

The ClearMark and WonderMark awards recognise the best and worst in plain language (writing, graphic communication design and testing) each year in the form of government, non-profit, and private companies. The 2012 ClearMark and WonderMark will be announced at the awards ceremony on 22nd May at the Clarity 2012 Conference.

Unlike other competitions, in the ClearMark Awards you actually get direct user/judge feedback on your submissions, so why not apply in 2013. April 2012.

Center for Plain Language logo on the left which shows 1 blue and and 1 green speech bubble, then the title in blue and green letters to the right, with 'Make it clear.' below it in grey. On the right is the Clear Mark Awards logo, which shows a black lightbulb icon, the word 'Clear' on the left and the word 'Mark' on the right, with the word 'Awards' in small capital text below it

Fellowship Fellow of the Communication Research Institute

We have been accepted as a fellow of the Communication Research Institute. We are very pleased and look forward to future collaborations. August 2011.

Communication Research Institute logo, shows a large bright purple speech bubble with the letters 'CRI' in large bold white capital letters within it

Award Winning posters designs for the Utilità Manifesta Poster Contest 2011

Utilità Manifesta runs a yearly poster contest: Design for Volunteering, Peace and Human Rights, aimed at tackling social, economic and environmental issues, which is endorsed in Italy by the European Commission.

From 400 entries from designers across the world, our poster Ban Public Smoking (Factories) is in the 20 selected winning designs.

Photograph of an industrial factory and sea infront with a lot of smoke coming out of the factory's chimmney. Then in a black border box below, the words 'Ban public smoking'
Design for Volunteering logo that shows a handdrawn bird in the shape of a heart, and then the European Commission logo to the right, which shows a blue flag with a circle of yellow stars on it, with their name in large grey letters below

Rene Wanner’s Poster Page

Our poster Ban Public Smoking (Factories) has been showcased on Rene Wanner’s poster website. Basel, Switzerland.

Rene Warner logo, has a bright red square background with a drawn pictogram icon of an eye and eyelashes

Award The 4th Block, VIII (8th) International Triennial of Eco‑Poster Competition, 2012

Our posters Ban Public Smoking (Factories) and (Cars) have been selected as winning poster designs. They were exhibited in Kiev, they then travel to the exhibition halls of the Kharkov Municipal Gallery, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, and in October onto the International Biennale Golden Bee in Moscow.

Photograph of an industrial factory and sea infront with a lot of smoke coming out of the factory's chimmney. Then in a black border box below, the words 'Ban public smoking'

Photograph of a car exhaust in a greyscale and green colour, then in a black border box below, the words 'Ban public smoking'

Photo of posters in the exhibition. Shows many of the posters hung-up on the white gallery wall, with a man and a woman walking across in front, and a big TV camera and cameraman behind them filming

Photo of posters in the exhibition. Shows many of the posters hung-up on the white gallery wall, with a man and a woman walking across in front

4th Block catalogue front cover. It uses rainbow-like colours the title is in large capital white bold letters, and shows a woman behind the cover holding it up

Our poster designs were also featured in their Modern Eco-Poster 2009–2012 catalogue (ISBN: 978-966-24-0616-0), photo courtesy of Daria Titarenko.

Book publishing 2nd edition reissue of our 3 books: The Journey of Larks, Life, and Punctuation..?

They are now available from up-to-date bookshops, Waterstones or direct from the distributor Central Books, and have been much updated, improved and are in a fitter final form. For more information and to order, visit our books’ webpage.

Thanks to the paper merchant, printer and distributor. Enjoy.

3 front cover images of our books. The 1st on the left shows the title in black and a cartoon person jumping into a swimming pool full of words. The 2nd in the middle shows the title written in a thin handwritten style font and lines going across the cover. The last on the right 3rd, shows the title in black text at the top, then a woman and a man at the bottom, confused about punctuation with thier arms flung-up in the air
  • The Journey of Larks is based on word-play and graphic shenanigans.
  • Life an illustrated day in the life of somebody.
  • Punctuation..? an informative, educational and fun book which explains the functions and correct uses of 21 of the most used punctuation marks.

Work showcase Our work has been showcased in the Best of Greeting Cards book

Some of our greeting card designs that we did in 2006, have been showcased in the book Best of Greeting Cards by Zeixs, Germany, 2011.

Photo of the greeting cards book shown side on, shows a white square greeting card fron with the text 'Greeting Cards' in large black capital stencil letters, there is also a present red bow at the top

Work showcase Our work has been showcased in the Letterheads & Business Cards 2 book

Our corporate identity design in 2002 for Montague Capital, has been showcased in the book Letterheads & Business Cards 2 by Zeixs, Germany, 2011.

Photo of the letterheads and business cards 2 book shown side on, shows a womans face with her holding a black business card across her right eye

Writing Paper published in the Information Design Journal

Our paper Getting Around the Reproduction Problems of Colored Graphs has been published in the international peer-reviewed Information Design Journal, 18(1), 2010. John Benjamins, Amsterdam.

Photo of the Information Design Journal cover, shows a black pictogram of an offical service person in an airport

Research project International collaborative project with the Communication Research Institute

We took part in an international collaborative communication research project called Credit Card Statements: Communication Benchmarks 2009, for the Communication Research Institute, Australia. View project report and findings (PDF).

CRI benchmarks logo, a purple line cartoon person speaking through a loud-speaker

Showcase 1 of our illustrations in a new book about forms design

1 of our cartoon illustrations commissioned by Caroline Jarrett from Effortmark, is in her new book Forms That Work: Designing Web Forms for Usability (2008), on page xv. Forms design is an interesting area of graphic communication design, information design and writing, it is surprising how much work and testing is needed to get perceived boring forms to work well, and how subject they are to errors.

Front of the book cover, shows large blue box at the top with the words ‘Forms that Work’, then in a thinner green box below, the words ‘Caroline Jarrett and Gerry Gaffney’. There is a light photo of form boxes behind all the information on the front cover

Event London Book Fair 2008

We will be at the London Book Fair for 1 day between the 14th–16th April 2008. If you are a publisher and would like to arrange a meeting, contact us.

London Book Fair logo 2008. A dark blue square background with with serif typeface all capital text with the fair name

Event Education Show 2008

We will be at the Education Show at the NEC in Birmingham, U.K., for 1 day between the 28th February–1st March 2008. If you are an educational publisher and would like to arrange a meeting, contact us.

The Education Show NEC Birmingham logo 2008. Shows the title of the fair in light grey all capital letters, with 3 green arc lines above the fair title text

Event Information Design Association presentation

We will be attending the Information Design Association presentation by David Dickinson from Consumation, titled Medicines, Information Design and People’s Health on topics around patient/medicine information leaflet design, at the Design Council office, 34 Bow Street, London, WC2E 7DL, U.K., on the 21st November 2007.

Photo of the front of the Design Council office, showing dark grey entrance and the red Design Council logo on a 3D cube before the entrance

Event Sign Design Society 2008 talk

We will be attending the Sign Design Society’s talk Public Testing of Pictograms by BAA (British Airports Authority) with Tim Wheen, market research executive at BAA, on the 6th February 2008, 6.30pm, room 1.6 at the John Lewis Partnership, 171 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5NN, U.K. (nearest tube station: Victoria).

Image from the talk flyer, shows a large yellow aeroplane from the top, with pictograms dotted around on the top Photo of a group people sitting watching the speaker at the front in the conference/talk room BAA (British Airports Authority) logo, shows the word 'BAA' in large black capital serif letters, then on the right a green square with a triangle flying through it

Event St Bride Library Re-Reading Beatrice: The Beatrice Warde Memorial Lecture

We will be attending the Re-Reading Beatrice: The Beatrice Warde Memorial Lecture, on Thursday 31st May 2007, 7pm, at the St Bride Library in London, off Fleet Street. The event will conclude with the launch of the English edition of Unger’s book While You’re Reading.

Photo of the front of the St Bride Library, shows a red bricked buildings, with trees arching over the top left, and a blue doorway to the right

Event Frankfurt Book Fair 2007

We will be at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the 12th October 2007. If you are a publisher and would like to arrange a meeting, contact us.

Photo of an exhibition hall at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Shows exhibition stands and small tables with people having meetings

Award 2 merits for our work in the European Design Awards

We received 2 merits in the European Design Awards 2007, in the Book and Editorial Illustration, and Card/Invitation/Flyer categories. Our work was featured in the accompanying book.

Book cover of the European Design Awards annual. Shows a large blue sky with green grass below, and people standing in the grass with their hands waving and swaying left to right

European Design Awards Annual 2007, contains all the winners work and is available from BIS Publishers, Netherlands.

European Design Awards logo, shows a large bold black asterisks character on the left, then the word 'EDAWARDS' in large bold capital letter, the 'ED' is in black, and the 'AWARDS' is in grey

Event RGAP Small Publishers Fair 2006

We will be exhibiting and selling our 3 self-published books: The Journey of Larks, Life, and Punctuation..? (1st editions) at the RGAP Small Publishers Fair, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1 on Friday 20th October 2006. Open 11am–7pm, admission free. Holborn is the nearest tube station.

RGAP small publishers fair 2006 photo of the fair hall with lots of people standing in lanes with desks and people exhibiting their books

RGAP small publishers fair 2006 poster. Light brown background with the event title, time, details, logo and a greyscale photo of book binding workshop

Event Fast Type, Slow Type Conference

We will be attending the Fast Type, Slow Type Conference running from the 16th–18th October 2006, at the Custard Factory, in Birmingham, U.K. We will be there on the 16th. It is the 5th in an annual series of international typographic design conferences.

Front image of the Fast type, Slow type conference flyer. Shows a dark pink background, with white, light pink and dark pink, triangular capital letters, with extra information in smaller text on the right

The Type Events logo. Shows the word 'typ' in large lowercase bold letters on the left, then the word 'events' in pink lighter italic text to the right. Then says in smaller text 'Enjoy the moment!' below
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