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27 MAY 2011

The rapidly changing demands for communication design

"One indication of the rate of change being experienced by professionals who design communication is how quickly our work and our work contexts become obsolete. Thus, only ten years ago, Zachry [71] observed that, 'In this time, countless professionals have devoted themselves to developing manuals, reference sheets, guidebooks, keyboard templates, online help systems, etc. that – to varying degrees – have been used and abandoned as technologies change' (p.22). In less than thirty years, communication designers have gone from documenting Fortran compilers [42], through cognitive analyses of documentation users' tasks with minimalist manuals [10, 29] through SGML markup challenges [26] to DITA [2], Wikis [23], and visual representations of the activities of communication designers themselves [32]."

(Brad Mehlenbacher, p.59)

Fig.1 Alan Kitching (September 1975). 'The Antics computer animation system', Interactive Systems Conference

2). Mehlenbacher, B. (2009). Multidisciplinarity and 21st century communication design. SIGDOC'09: The 27th ACM International Conference on Design of Communication Proceedings. Bloomington, IN: ACM, 59–65.

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communication designcommunication designers • design communications • design professionalsdiagramdocumentationFortranguidebookinformation graphics • keyboard template • manual • Mark Zachry • obsolescence • online help systems • rapid change • rate of change • reference sheet • SGML • technological changevisual communicationvisual designvisual languagevisualisation

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Simon Perkins
19 JANUARY 2011

Britains road traffic signs developed as unified national system

"Jock Kinneir and his assistant, Margaret Calvert, were the first professional designers of a national system of road traffic signs. Elsewhere it is still usual for this to be done by engineers and surveyors–and it shows. Kinneir's work, starting with the motorway system from 1957, was new. Existing signs did not meet standards of salience, conspicuity and discriminability, to support drivers' planning and execution of often safety–critical decisions–at speed, sometimes under adverse conditions."

(Paul Stiff, Winter 2010, Eye magazine)

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1960s • Akzidenz Grotesk (typeface) • British Rail • British road signage • communication designcommunication designersdesign systemsdestination identificationdirectional informationgraphic information design • Heathrow Airport • Herbert Spencer • information design • instructional systems design • Jock Kinneir • Margaret Calvert • Ministry of Transport • motorway • motorway network • pictogram systempictorial systems • Rail Alphabet (typeface) • Richard Kinneir • road signage • road signssans-serif typeface • sign systems • signagesignage designstandardisationstreet signsymbol system • Transport (typeface) • typefacetypographer • Typographica (typography) • unified design vocabulary • unified visual language • United Kingdomvisual communicationvisual informationvisual language • visual sign systems • visual system

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Simon Perkins
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