New paper: No more new similar typefaces for extended reading, please!
For a 2nd time we have partnered with Ralf 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.
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 & Identity’ category to ‘Visualization & Information Design’. You can view our submission here. Wish us luck. September 2018. The competition dates are:
- Tues 25 Sep – longlist announced.
- Weds 10 Oct – shortlist announced and public voting opens.
- Fri 19 Oct – voting closes at 11.59pm PST.
- Tues 4 Dec – winners announced at our New York ceremony.
New chapter in Citizen Designer (Second Edition) book
We have written a chapter titled Accessibility and usability in communication design on page 140–157 in a new book title Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility (Second 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, 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 UK 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.
New paper on Medium
We have publish a paper called What do graphic communication designers do?: some thoughts and a list of graphic communication design disciplines and specialisms on Medium. It could be helpful to show what graphic designers are involved with and do, and also for people choosing a career in the field ‘graphic design’. Our main Medium page is here. February 2018.
New paper on the Usability Geek website
Our paper Information on different types of people for graphic communication, website and information designers 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. The infographic can also be seen below, enjoy. Thanks again to Justin. February 2018.
Susan Weinschenk (PhD in Psychology) and CEO at The Team W showcased this paper in her April 2018 email newsletter. In 2015 we reviewed her book 100 things every designer needs to know about people in the Information Design Journal 21.1 (2014).
Thanks also to The A11Y Project (provides a great accessibility checklist for website designers) they have kindly linked to this paper in their ‘resources’ section under ‘further reading’.
Click/tap image to view it at full size.
Our paper Letter and symbol misrecognition in highly legible typefaces for general, children, dyslexic, visually impaired and ageing readers [2018 third edition] has been updated and it is now a 2018 third edition of the paper. Between December 2015 when it was originally published and February 2018 the paper has been read 37000 times, this has exceeded all our expectations. We hope you continue to enjoy the paper and get things from it. Thanks to Ralf. February 2018.
Many thanks for everybody’s continued interest in this paper, The A11Y Project (provides a great accessibility checklist for website designers) has kindly linked to our paper in their ‘resources’ section under ‘further reading’.
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.
New paper: Small print in graphic communication and information design: a discussion of issues and interactions
Our paper Small print in graphic communication and information design: a discussion of issues and interactions has been published on the UsabilityGeek website. It is a paper in the areas of writing, graphic communication design, information design, usability and people. Thanks to Justin. January 2017.
Our paper Letter and symbol misrecognition in highly legible typefaces for general, children, dyslexic, visually impaired and ageing readers [2016 second edition] has been updated and republished on the Typography.Guru website as a 2016 second edition, it features:
- New figures.
- New research and information.
Thanks once again to Typography.Guru. October 2016. Thanks also to the following for their interest in regard to the 2016 second edition: Steven Heller (Daily Heller: Type for Impaired Eyes. Print Magazine).
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. The book 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.
Graphic Design Educators’ Network Pedagogic Research Symposium
We attended the symposium at the Design School, Loughborough University, Epinal Way, Loughborough, LE11 3TU, UK on Wednesday 20 April 2016, 1:00–5:00pm. 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 nine reflections be sufficient?).
For details about the next event and for more information visit the Graphic Design Educators’ Network website.
We have completely rebuilt our website. It is now mobile, tablet and Google friendly. Let us know what your experience was like and if you encountered any problems, do contact us. We were not able to get all the typographic control we would have liked, but maybe that will be available in years to come. Happy surfing. March 2016.
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.
New paper and book review published
After a long period of time, 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), there is also a book review of Susan Weinschenk’s great book 100 things every designer needs to know about people from us at end of the journal. June 2015.
10 tips for better book designs paper
Our paper has been republished for a third time in a near original form, on the Book Machine website. The paper was only edited slightly. March 2015.
New article: When Information Design is a Matter of Life or Death
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.
One of our illustrations in a new book
We have an illustration featured in a new book 1,000 Dog Portraits published by Rockport Publishers.
10 tips for better book designs paper
Our paper 10 tips for better book designs has been published on the Creative Choices website, and in their email newsletter (Issue 172, January 2014). We would recommend that you read this version of the paper, rather than the one on the Creative Bloq website which was heavily edited.
10 tips for better book designs paper
Our paper 10 tips for better book designs has been published on the Creative Bloq website, October 2013. The paper was heavily edited by them and some content was not included unfortunately.
Center for Plain Language, ClearMark Awards 2013
We were asked for a second year running to help judge the Center for Plain Language, ClearMark Awards 2013, Washington, USA.
The ClearMark and WonderMark awards recognize the best and worst in plain language (writing, graphic communication design and testing) each year in the from of government, non-profit, and private companies. The 2013 ClearMarks and WonderMarks awards ceremony was held on April 16, 2013, at the National Press Club in Washington, USA.
Unlike other competitions, in the ClearMark Awards you actually get direct user/judge feedback on your submissions, so why not apply in 2014.
Other places to see our work on the web
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 2013, Issue 4, Volume 2 [website not online anymore].
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 magazine 61 (2012), Kent, UK. 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.
The paper has also been published in the typographic magazine Slanted #18, Signage/Orientation. Karlsruhe, Germany.
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, UK.
3×3 Magazine, Children’s Show competition, No. 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, No. 9, 2012, New York, USA.
The subsequent printed annual (3×3 Issue 21 with Children’s Show 9) featuring our work in it.
Center for Plain Language, ClearMark Awards 2012
We were asked to help judge the Center for Plain Language, ClearMark Awards 2012, Washington, USA. 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 recognize 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 ClearMarks and WonderMarks will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 22 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.
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.
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.
Rene Wanner’s Poster Page
Our poster Ban public smoking (factories) has been showcased on Rene Wanner’s poster website. Basel, Switzerland.
VIII (8th) International Triennial of Eco-Poster, The 4th Block, 2012
Our posters Ban public smoking (factories) and (cars) have been selected as winning poster designs in The 4th Block poster competition, Ukraine.
They were exhibited in Kiev, they then travel to the exhibition halls of the Kharkov, and in October onto the International Biennale ‘Golden Bee’ in Moscow.
Our poster designs were also featured in a catalogue.
2nd edition 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.
There is no obvious link to the books from this main website, instead they have their own website. The books are classed as a mini side project and it is hoped that they will now get used more.
Thanks to the paper merchant, printer and distributor. Enjoy.
- 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.
Best of Greeting Cards book
Letterheads & Business Cards 2 book
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.
Communication Research Institute
We took part in an international collaborative communication research project Credit Card Statements: Communication Benchmarks 2009, for the Communication Research Institute, Australia. View project report and findings (PDF).
Education Show 2008
London Book Fair 2008
Frankfurt Book Fair 2007
European Design Awards
We received two 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.
European Design Awards Annual 2007, contains all the winners work and is available from BIS Publishers, Netherlands.
RGAP small publishers fair 2006
We will be exhibiting and selling our 3 self-published books: The journey of larks, Life, and Punctuation..? (first editions) at the RGAP small publishers fair, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1 on Friday 20th October 2006. Open 11am to 7pm, admission free. Holborn is the nearest tube station.