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The Big Society is a society in which individual citizens feel big: big in terms of being supported and enabled; having real and regular influence; being capable of creating change in their neighbourhood. Does our society pass this test at the moment?

Well, only 4 out of 10 of us believe that we can influence local decisions. Only 1 in 33 of us attend public meetings. We feel anger and frustration at the recent behaviour of both the City and Westminster and relatively powerless to change them. We are often anonymous tax-payers without a real sense of how our money gets spent. Most of us try to be reasonably good citizens but our influence seems very small.

The Big Society is a powerful vision to change this, creating a nation of empowered citizens and communities. It has been articulated by Prime Minister David Cameron, but is linked to some of the best ideas across the political spectrum.

We believe that by working in partnership with communities, businesses, charities and foundations and statutory bodies we can generate innovative solutions which can strengthen local neighbourhoods.

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BOOK GEMS: From Hieroglyphics To Isotye, Neurath

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From Hieroglyphics To Isotye
Otto Neurath

Fantástico enlace dónde se pueden ver los trabajos de Otto Neurath, Marie Neurath (Reidemeister), Ivan Ivanitskii y Gerd Arntz.

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Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft
Leipzig: Bibliographisches Institut, 1930, 300 x 450 mm, (I.C. 7.1 Ges)
Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft was a monumental collection of one hundred statistical charts printed on loose leaves. Due to a generous commission from the publisher, money was no object and the Vienna team expanded by hiring outside consultants for this publication.
The chart above (no.56) is titled ‘Numbers of motor vehicles in the world’ (USA and rest of the world). Even if one cannot read German, the subject reveals itself through the ‘speaking signs’ of the automobiles, each of which represents 2.5 million vehicles. The grey/brown ‘guide-picture’ (as Neurath called it) at the top of the chart gives further context ‘outside the root picture’, in this case indicating the greater industrial development of automobile production in the USA.

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‘Tips for tots’
cover design for book, Otto and Marie Neurath, 1944.

Tips for tots’ was a handcrafted mock-up made by the Neuraths as part of a proposal for a series of children’s books sent to Max Parrish in 1944. The mock-up was accompanied by a paper written by Otto Neurath, ‘Isotype books for children’. In it he compares Isotype charts with photographs: charts, he said, are a way of encouraging reasoning based on visual statements, while photographs are a way of making children familiar with the appearance of landscapes, animals, plants.
‘Tips for tots’ introduces Iso and Typie, two characters who had adventures in an Isotype world. This world was designed to bring Iso and Typie into contact with complex phenomena of a kind that would benefit from explanation according to Isotype principles: map-making, tornadoes, radio transmission. By ‘Isotype world’, Neurath meant an Isotype vocabulary: consistent symbolic forms for people, animals, houses, a restricted colour scheme and a particular way of organizing these elements. (SW)
area of research: Isotype childrens’ books (Walker)

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Voter registration in the Western Region of Nigeria
booklet cover, Marie Neurath / Isotype Institute, 1955, 205 x 165 mm, (I.C. 7.1, ‘N’)
Some of the most significant work done by the Isotype Institute as consultants to the Western Region of Nigeria involved the registration of voters, and instructions on how and where to vote. In addition to booklets produced for successive election cycles in 1956 and 1957 (above, for 1956), Isotype designed accompanying posters that encouraged participation, and identified registration offices and polling stations (below, in Yoruba: 510 × 760 mm).

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Isotype ‘Picture dictionary’
leaf from binder, Gerd Arntz, 1929-33, 300 x 225 mm, (I.C. 4/2)
The Isotype ‘Picture dictionary’ was a working reference file of all pictograms designed by Gerd Arntz. It was begun in Vienna and continually updated. Above is one of the sheets in the category ‘Man’, dating from the early period at the Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftsmuseum in Vienna. It shows the grammatical aspect of Isotype pictogram design, in which a symbol can be qualified, or made into a kind of compound noun, by combining it with another. The symbols within the human figures here indicate different kinds of profession.

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The Language of the Global Polis
Otto Neurath

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: NAi Publishers (July 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9056623508
ISBN-13: 978-9056623500
Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.9 x 0.8 inches

Austrian sociologist Otto Neurath was a seminal Modernist figure. Much attention has been given to his achievements in the fields of graphic design and philosophy (Neurath was a member of the Vienna Circle, founder of the Museum of Society and Economy, inventor of the ISOTYPE pictorial system and champion of the Unity of Science movement), yet his involvement with urbanism and architecture has been all but ignored. From 1931 onwards, Neurath collaborated with the International Congress of Modern Architecture and its chief exponents–Cornelis van Eesteren, Sigfried Giedion, Le Corbusier and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy–to develop an international language of urban planning and design. More experimentally, throughout the 1930s a fascination with visual media led to an attempt to franchise the Museum of Society and Economy by establishing international satellite museums. This volume contains a text by curator and writer Nader Vossoughian, which offers a fresh perspective on one of the most versatile intellectuals of the twentieth century.

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The Transformer: Principles of Making Isotype Charts [Paperback]
Marie Neurath (Author), Robin Kinross (Editor)

Paperback: 126 pages
Publisher: Hyphen Press; 1 edition (September 16, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0907259405
ISBN-13: 978-0907259404
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 4.9 x 0.3 inches

Isotype (International System of Typographic Picture Education) is a system of pictograms designed to communicate complex information in a nonverbal way. Developed in 1936 by a team of sociologists lead by Otto and Marie Neurath, this process of «transforming» data into visual form has strongly influenced the fields of graphic design. The Transformer: Principles of Making Isotype Charts is the first English-language primer on Isotype the foundation of the modern-day pictographic signals found in airports, train stations, highway signs, and computer interfaces. Featuring illustrated examples and essays, including a previously unpublished essay by Marie Neurath, The Transformer is a long-overdue appreciation of an important moment in the history of visual communication.

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Otto Neurath: Philosophy between Science and Politics (Ideas in Context) [Paperback]
Nancy Cartwright (Author), Jordi Cat (Author), Lola Fleck (Author), Thomas E. Uebel (Author)


Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 12, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0521041112
ISBN-13: 978-0521041119
Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.6 inches

LOGOS: Rediseño MPA, Pentagram

The Association of Magazine Media cambia.
Nuevo nombre, objetivos y logo.
Hacia la multiplataforma.
«MPA is underscoring the fact that magazine media content engages consumers across multiple platforms, including websites, tablets, smartphones, books, live events and more.»

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MPA: The Association of Magazine Media (nuevo logo)
Por Pentagram.

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MPA: Magazine Publishers of America (antes)

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MPA – The Association of Magazine Media is the industry association for multi-platform magazine companies. Established in 1919, MPA represents approximately 225 domestic magazine media companies with more than 1,000 titles, nearly 50 international companies and more than 100 associate members. Staffed by magazine industry specialists, MPA is headquartered in New York City, with a government affairs office in Washington, DC. For more information, please visit www.magazine.org.

DESIGN: Summa, Premio Nacional de Diseño 2008

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La empresa SUMMA ha recibido hoy el Premio Nacional de Diseño 2008 en en el Palacio de Congresos de Córdoba.
Summa es una consultora especializada en la creación de marcas con oficinas en Madrid y Barcelona. Más de 30 profesionales en plantilla.

Entre sus trabajos: nueva imagen de RTVE, la imagen de Red.es, Barcelona TV, Bankinter, Criteria.. merece la pena darse una vuelta por su web interactiva.

Fundadores: Conrad Llorens y Josep María Mir.
Blog: redblog.