Category Archives: Articles on visual communications

Surprising new findings on memorable information graphics

Doctoral student Michelle Borkin of Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, recently set out to discover what makes a visual memorable. She discovered several interesting things that can be useful considerations: 1. Six colors or more make an image more memorable than few colors 2. "Human Recognizable Objects" or things that people routinely see in their lives, greatly increase memory retention. 3. Roundness was found to have a favorable impact. Previous research has shown humans love Read more

History of ‘Keep calm and carry on’ poster

In the spring of 1939, the British government commissioned three posters with just the crown of King George the 6th as a graphic device. They were intended to go up in shop windows and inspire the British people during the war. The three final designs read as follows: Your courage, your cheerfulness, your resolution, will bring us victory. Freedom is in peril, defend it with all your might. Keep calm, and carry on. The third message was for a time of invasion, and was never officially used. It was Read more

Visions of Tomorrow, 1925 painting, inspired Ford comeback

A single painting from an old ad inspired Ford's customer centric come back over the last few years. This according to Alan Mulally, their successful CEO. Read the article about how a single powerful image can move an organization. Personally, I think it's somewhat odd and Terminator-like in the looming display of industrial might. Read more

Hollywood science fiction interface design repository

I recently found this great repository of scifi interface designs categorized by movie, producer, etc. If you're looking for cool inspiration for a UX project this might be the place. Here is a vast repository of very coolest sci-fi interface designs by movie, designer, company, etc.  And here is the article from fast company. Read more