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November 25, 2007

Are they related? Chambers' Cyclopaedia (1728) and Biesty's Cross-sections: Man-of-war (1993)


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Well, the title to this post says it all. Click on the pictures for much larger pop-up images.

Note that the Cyclopaedia was an early example of a genre that was to include the Encyclopédie of Diderot et al, and was probably its direct precursor. There is technical drawing here, various types of captioning and a generally diagrammatic approach to layout. Stephen Biesty's work is not only analogous, but seems likely to be a direct descendant.

November 10, 2007

Medicines, information design and people’s health

The next public meeting of the Information Design Association is by David Dickinson, who will be talking about information design in medicine and health care.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007
6:30 pm at the Design Council, 34 Bow Street, London, WC2E 7DL

David Dickinson was formerly editor of Health Which? and is a leading expert on patient information.

Cost is £5 at the door. Please email ida@simplificationcentre.org.uk to rsvp.