Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters by Harold Evans
We cannot afford to separate text content and graphic content, and information design makes no distinction between the 2, they are both main elements of communication, although designers often do not edit text, and writers often do not understand the complex area of graphic communication design.
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.
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.
The 2nd interview is A Discussion on the Past, Present and Future of Paper: An Interview With Renée Yardley and Robert Mannix. October 2019.
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.
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 editorially corrected. Thanks again to Ralf. May 2019.
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 issues of typeface design similarity and usefulness, in contemporary typeface design and development. November 2018.
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 Categories 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.
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 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’.
Buy the book direct from Skyhorse Publishing/Allworth Press website. Many thanks to Steven. August 2018.
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, 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.
Information on Different Categories of People […] paper 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 2nd 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 PDF (good for printing), PNG (good for email), 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 A11Y Project that provide a great accessibility checklist for website designers, have linked to the paper and infographic on their Resources section.
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.
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.
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. Thanks to Justin. January 2017.
Letter and Symbol Misrecognition […] paper updated on the Typography.Guru website, and interview with Steven Heller
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 and corrections were done to the text, figures and references.)
Thanks once again to Ralf from Typography.Guru, and also Steven Heller the renowned graphic design writer, who interviewed us about the paper in his Daily Heller: Type for Impaired Eyes, Print Magazine, 24th October 2016.
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 Book Machine and Kingston University Press. It contains short papers from a range of people in the publishing industry. More information about the book can be found here. August 2016.
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 Karel van der Waarde Communication Design Education: Could 9 Reflections be Sufficient? For more information visit the Graphic Design Educators’ Network website. April 2016.
Our business name
In 2015, we have updated our name from User Design to User Design, Illustration and Typesetting. Our business remains the same with no changes. February 2016.
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.
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 also reviewed Susan Weinschenk’s great book 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People at the end. June 2015.
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. March 2015.
When Information Design is a Matter of Life or Death paper
Our double peer-reviewed paper When Information Design is a Matter of Life or Death has been published on the Boxes and Arrows website. November 2014.
1 of our illustrations published in a new book
We have an illustration featured in a new book 1000 Dog Portraits published by Rockport Publishers. April 2014.