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Magazine on communication related to work and civic activity.
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100+ Years of Design Manifestos -- Social Design Notes

100+ Years of Design Manifestos -- Social Design Notes | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
100+ Years of Design Manifestos
Since the days of radical printer-pamphleteers, design and designers have a long history of fighting for what’s right and working to transform society. The rise of the literary form of the manifesto also parallels the rise of modernity and the spread of letterpress printing.
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The Women Readdressing the Gender Imbalance in Typography

The Women Readdressing the Gender Imbalance in Typography | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Typography appears to be a particularly male-dominated area of the design industry, and I often ask typographers why they think that it is. When I go to design
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Tales of creativity and play

Tales of creativity and play | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play -- with many examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't).
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The power of white space

We want to show you a tool so vital that it may amaze you as a designer. It’s as underrated as silence between musical notes. However, it’s powerful enough to mean keeping people on your page – survival, in other words. Many elements form the layout and structure of an interactive design. Often neglected, one of the most vital is white space (or negative space), the space found inside and surrounding the other design elements. For a website or app, many different visual elements make u
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Civic Media Project: Civic Media Project

Civic Media Project: Civic Media Project | Professional Communication | Scoop.it

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"Civic media is the practice of using media and technology to promote a collective good. The Civic Media Project (CMP) "is a collection of short case studies from scholars and practitioners from all over the world that range from the descriptive to the analytical, from the single tool to the national program, from the enthusiastic to the critical." These case studies are written by scholars across a number of fields, including journalism, digital media, political science, and education. Case studies highlight civic media projects in four Sections: Play + Creativity; Systems + Designs; Learning + Engagement; and Community + Action. Highlighted projects include Presenting our Perspectives on Philly Youth News (POPPYN), a youth- produced TV News show and Aliens on Campus, an Alternative Reality Game at the University of Western Cape designed to address gaps in digital literacy education. Many of these projects focus on youth empowerment and education, so CMP may especially be of interest to youth workers and educators in alternative or out-of-school settings."


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Call for papers

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Call for papers
In November 2017, the Universities of Neuchâtel, Zurich and Bern in Switzerland will host the first international conference to focus specifically on visual communication in/about new media. In this regard, we invite the submission of abstracts for scholarly presentations in any of four overlapping thematic areas.
1. Social interaction
2. Meta-discourse
3. Visual ideologies
4. Industrial design

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Changing times for information design

Changing times for information design | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, I attended Vision Plus 15 at Birmingham City University, the information design conference organised by IIID and IDA. The core topic of the conference was 'information + design = performance'. During the two days of the conference, this topic was discussed on 26 talks thematically grouped into eight different angles, including wayfinding, ways to improve…
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What Makes A Great Culture -- And Why Do People Care?

What Makes A Great Culture -- And Why Do People Care? | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Perks, cool work spaces, and free lunch are awesome. But, what really makes great cultures are the intangible things—the attitudes, the relationships, and understanding of a shared vision.
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Wake up & smell the fonts | Sarah Hyndman | TEDxBedford

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Sarah shares with us a story of type and invites us to conside
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When Is the Perfect Time to Start Your Own Business?

Tomorrow is only a day away… as the little orphan Annie once sang. But tomorrow can also be forever, too. Knowing when to start your business and knowing when you’re procrastinating so that your business is forever a day away can really help get you started. The perfect time to start your own business may be very personal, but identifying that time isn’t as hard as you might think, either. Is there a perfect time to break free from the 9-5? This may be the most hotly debated subject in th
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What is “Four-Dimensional” Education?

What is “Four-Dimensional” Education? | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
According to Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) founder Charles Fadel, education is “falling behind its mission to prepare students for the future: a world that’s increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.” Curriculum was significantly redesigned in the late 1800’s when societal and human capital needs demanded it. But the 21st century bears little resemblance to the past. WHAT should we teach young people in an age where Dr. Google has an answer for everything? Humans are living longer; the traditional professions disappear while new ones are created; international mobility is drastically increasing population diversity; terrorism, environmental threats and inequality need our collective attention; and robots and gene editing are coming, requiring us to re-examine the very core of what it means to be human. WHAT does all that we know now, and all that we still can only imagine, mean for Curriculum?
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A World Without Ageism | Ashton Applewhite

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New study could be another nail in the coffin for the validity of student evaluations of teaching

New study could be another nail in the coffin for the validity of student evaluations of teaching | Professional Communication | Scoop.it

A number of studies suggest that student evaluations of teaching are unreliable due to various kinds of biases against instructors. (Here’s one addressing gender.) Yet conventional wisdom remains that students learn best from highly rated instructors; tenure cases have even hinged on it. . . . 

These findings “suggest that institutions focused on student learning and career success may want to abandon SET ratings as a measure of faculty's teaching effectiveness,” the study says.

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How to Give an Emotionally Intelligent Presentation

How to Give an Emotionally Intelligent Presentation | Professional Communication | Scoop.it

Emotions play an active role in almost all of our decision making. That's one reason why emotional intelligence, the ability to identify, understand, and manage those emotions, is such an invaluable skill. 

 

But how specifically does emotional intelligence help us with our daily tasks? Here are three tips to make sure your next presentation is emotionally intelligent:

1. Don't get anxious. Get excited.

All of us get nervous before a presentation, even if we've done it hundreds of times. So take that nervousness and turn it into something positive: enthusiasm.How do you do that exactly?

Spend those final few moments reviewing your favorite parts of the presentation. Remind yourself why you're doing this, and focus on the value you have to deliver to your listeners.

Now, take that enthusiasm and give a talk that you passionately believe in.

 
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A mentor told me some years ago to get over myself when it comes to speaking and presentations. She said that we are there to serve the room not to focus on ourselves. This short article will help if you are nervous about speaking or presenting.

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Any Tech Coach worth her salt knows that all good teaching is relational, which invariably involves an emotional connection.
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What Today’s Students are Taught About Design’s Shifting Landcape

What Today’s Students are Taught About Design’s Shifting Landcape | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
In anticipation of the 2016 AIGA Design Conference less than one month away (October 17-19 in Las Vegas; register by October 6), we’re getting an early dose of
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Occam’s Razor: The simplest solution is always the best

Now that we appreciate the need for simplicity in designs better, let’s see another great concept. You may have heard of Occam’s Razor; did you know that you can apply it to web design? When you’ve got it in your “toolbox”, you’ll have an edge in the marketplace. Occam’s Razor, put simply, states: “the simplest solution is almost always the best.” It’s a problem-solving principle arguing that simplicity is better than complexity. Named after 14th-century logician and theologian William o
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Benjamin Bratton. Design, Philosophy and A.I. 2016

http://www.egs.edu Benjamin H. Bratton, is an American theorist, sociologist and professor of visual arts, contemporary social and political theory
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7 Benefits of Mobile Learning Over Traditional eLearning Infographic

7 Benefits of Mobile Learning Over Traditional eLearning Infographic | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
7 Benefits of Mobile Learning Over Traditional eLearning Infographic To maximize the impact of your training, giving learners the flexibility to learn “on the go” as well as on device of their choice (tablets and smartphones) is necessary. The 7 Benefits of Mobile Learning Over Traditional eLe... http://elearninginfographics.com/benefits-of-mobile-learning-over-traditional-elearning/
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I can't overstate the benefits of having mobile devices in the class... (when we all manage to stay on topic)

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Visual reasoning through information design

Visual reasoning through information design | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
The visual communication of complex or less known topics (e.g. science, medicine, mathematics) in simpler and clearer ways appeals to users and readers' visual reasoning. Visual reasoning is the process of both analysing information presented in visual form (e.g. pictures, diagrams, drawings) and solving problems based on visual logic combining verbal, mathematical and visual analysis. As with other types of reasoning,…
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Degree in English, Changing Trends

Degree in English, Changing Trends | Professional Communication | Scoop.it

"Today, English is taken up for a completely different reason. Besides serving as a discipline in itself, it also serves as a platform and a springboard to many other jobs and profiles. The language in itself provides a content and language integrate learning (CLIL) platform helps in enhancing general grasp over other disciplines. In terms of personality development, this course contributes to individuals in a big way. It enables those introverts to gain confidence through the sharpening of the ability to express their thoughts and feelings. At times people are unable to express themselves due to the lack of language skills and without these basic skills they often hesitate to interact. So, this is another positive addition that the course offers to the students. Besides, a degree in English arms you with the most vital statistics needed in the job market- Critical thinking, Creativity, Interpretation. It prepares you for a diverse range of professional fields, including teaching, journalism, law, publishing, medicine, and the fine arts. You may also pursue careers in tech companies and other startup ventures."


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Design thinking for every endeavour | Robyn Richardson | TEDxCreativeCoast

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Robyn treats teaching like a musical gig. Teaching Design Thinkin
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Understand and Define Your Values – and Increase Your Success Rate as an Entrepreneur or Freelancer

Our personal values can often be a little hard to define. Why?—because our real values and the values that we aspire to sometimes conflict. An honest examination of our values, however, is vital to succeed as an entrepreneur or freelancer. That’s because when we work in harmony with our values, we’re more likely to enjoy and appreciate what we do. Moreover, understanding our real values can help us reflect on our business ideas and help us change and improve our business ideas until they mee
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On Information Design

Contents
Petra Černe Oven Introduction: Design as a Response to People’s Needs (and Not People’s Needs as a Response to Design Results) 7 
Yuri Engelhardt Graphics with a Cause, and Universal Principles for Visualizing Information 17 
Rob Waller Transformational Information Design 35 
Jorge Frascara Data, Information, Design, and Traffic Injuries 53 
Karel van der Waarde Designing Information about Medicine: The Role of Visual Design 73 
Malcolm Garrett Keeping It Real in a Virtual World 93 
Karen Schriver Reading on the Web: Implications for Online Information Design 111

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Measuring the use of design across Europe

Measuring the use of design across Europe | Professional Communication | Scoop.it
Continued political and economic uncertainty across the EU has raised concerns about levels of innovation and competitiveness in the region. Yet, new research on innovation indicates that Europe is actually exceeding in expectation when it comes to the state of design, while there are warning signs for the UK. Research and Evaluation Manager, Stephen Miller unravels the latest research and discusses why there is reason to be cheerful and cautious about the state of design in Europe today.
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How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | #Research

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | #Research | Professional Communication | Scoop.it

— Breaking up and spacing out study time over days or weeks can substantially boost how much of the material students retain, and for longer, compared to lumping everything into a single, nose-to-the-grindstone session.


— Varying the studying environment — by hitting the books in, say, a cafe or garden rather than only hunkering down in the library, or even by listening to different background music — can help reinforce and sharpen the memory of what you learn.

— A 15-minute break to go for a walk or trawl on social media isn’t necessarily wasteful procrastination. Distractions and interruptions can allow for mental “incubation” and flashes of insight — but only if you’ve been working at a problem for a while and get stuck, according to a 2009 research meta-analysis.

— Quizzing oneself on new material, such as by reciting it aloud from memory or trying to tell a friend about it, is a far more powerful way to master information than just re-reading it, according to work by researchers including Henry Roediger III and Jeffrey Karpicke. (Roediger has co-authored his own book, “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.”)

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/time-the-most-important-factor-neglected-in-education/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Brain

 


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— Breaking up and spacing out study time over days or weeks can substantially boost how much of the material students retain, and for longer, compared to lumping everything into a single, nose-to-the-grindstone session.


— Varying the studying environment — by hitting the books in, say, a cafe or garden rather than only hunkering down in the library, or even by listening to different background music — can help reinforce and sharpen the memory of what you learn.

— A 15-minute break to go for a walk or trawl on social media isn’t necessarily wasteful procrastination. Distractions and interruptions can allow for mental “incubation” and flashes of insight — but only if you’ve been working at a problem for a while and get stuck, according to a 2009 research meta-analysis.

— Quizzing oneself on new material, such as by reciting it aloud from memory or trying to tell a friend about it, is a far more powerful way to master information than just re-reading it, according to work by researchers including Henry Roediger III and Jeffrey Karpicke. (Roediger has co-authored his own book, “Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning.”)

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/time-the-most-important-factor-neglected-in-education/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Brain

 

 

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