Diversity and interdisciplinary approaches have characterised IDA evening events. Speakers have generously shared their projects, method and research. This is a flavour of talks we've enjoyed in recent years...
We got out the popcorn for an entertaining French film about the design of technical manuals, ‘Push the Button’ (Appuyer sur le bouton: au pays des modes d’emploi), an event jointly hosted by the IDA and ISTC.
- Bruce Robertson, one of the UK's most experienced diagram designers, presented the history and work of The Diagram Group, including its contributions to numerous part-works and co-editions
- Dutch design historian, Wibo Bakker, presented ‘Pictopolitics – Icograda and the development of pictograms: 1960–1975’, looking at the activities of the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda) in the field of pictogram development
- Jona Piehl’s talk on ‘Information design and visual storytelling: Graphics in Exhibitions’ explored the interplay of branding and information design on exhibition graphics, from decoration to atmospheric treatment
- Chris Campbell in ‘Mapping International Crimes’ looked at the benefits and challenges of using information graphics to aid the investigation and prosecution of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide
- David Sless reported on his ‘Communication Benchmark Project’ which is using an international group of volunteers to complete a series of benchmark studies
- Per Mollerup presented a few suggestions on ‘Organising knowledge’
- Max Gadney presented ‘Look at the World – News Information Graphics’, taking stock domestically and internationally, across the web, TV and print at how news graphics were working, and areas for improvement
- Stefanie Posavec (completing a Masters at Central Saint Martins) and Piotr Michura (a doctoral student at Reading University), presented ‘Text visualisation’, offering two different approaches to visualising the structure of text
- Matt Jones and Matt Biddulph in ‘Fragments that flow: information design and web 2.0' described how users may interact with a multi-faceted internet service without visiting the main website, and the implications for user interface design and data modelling
- Bryn Walls of Dorling Kindersley showed how editorial and design processes combine to form richly-illustrated reference books with carefully laid-out pages and spreads