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Talking 3D maps facilitate navigation for the blind, everyone else

Talking 3D maps facilitate navigation for the blind, everyone else

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ever felt completely turned around on a sprawling college campus? How about at a museum with seemingly endless rooms and corridors? Now imagine trying to navigate those real-world mazes without the use of sight to guide your way. That’s a challenge faced every day by people with visual impairment. Fortunately, there’s a burgeoning blend of […]

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Positive signs promote stigma-free zone

Positive signs promote stigma-free zone

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

You know those little signs you see around town that are attached to bigger signs? Like the Little League signs and the Rotary Club signs nailed to larger signs that proclaim the town’s name? In Paramus, NJ, those little signs inspired a big idea. The idea is to install signs that read “Stigma-Free Zone.” What […]

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“Failure to yield” acquittal sparks debate over stop signs

“Failure to yield” acquittal sparks debate over stop signs

| December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

A picture might be worth a thousand words, but a sign is worth much, much more  — especially when it’s a stop sign at an intersection. But is the role of stop signs up for interpretation? We wouldn’t have thought so. After all, their function seems pretty clear: STOP. And, yet, one minor traffic ticket […]

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Designers give Comic Sans an edge

Designers give Comic Sans an edge

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Who knew actively and openly despising a font could actually help you build credibility as a hipster? Turns out the cool kids are two steps ahead on this one… and their vote decided long ago that the “world’s most reviled” font just happens to be Comic Sans. According to this article, the hate grew as […]

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Fontspiration makes memes in your iPhone

Fontspiration makes memes in your iPhone

| December 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Meme-makers of the world rejoice! Software company Extensis, maker of Suitcase Fusion 6 and Universal Type Server, has made their popular Fontspiration panel into an app for Mac iOS. If you don’t work in the world of graphic design, you may have no idea who Extensis is or what their professional suite of font software […]

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UNESCO recognizes five cities for exceptional design

UNESCO recognizes five cities for exceptional design

| December 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has officially recognized five global cities for demonstrating exceptional contributions to design. The “City of Design” awards went to Dundee, Scotland; Turin, Italy; Bilbao, Spain; Helsinki, Finland; and Curitiba, Brazil. The announcement came on December 1st in Paris. The City of Design award is part of […]

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German traffic lights strive for gender equality

German traffic lights strive for gender equality

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you ever doubted that people pay close attention to the signage around them, here’s proof that they do notice, and they really, really care: In a city in northwestern Germany called Dortmund, a decision to make a relatively innocuous adjustment to traffic lights has caused bitter division among residents and civic organizations alike. The […]

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