christian mariacher | 15 Jan 09:54 2009
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Re: Self-reliant learning


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> Datum: Mon, 29 Dec 2008 21:58:23 -0800
> Von: Deborah Taylor-Pearce <dtp <at> she-philosopher.com>
> An: Discussions about information design <infodesign-cafe <at> list.informationdesign.org>
> Betreff: InfoD-Cafe: Self-reliant learning

> Cafe,
> 
> On 24 Dec. 2008, PBS's _The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer_ re-broadcast a
> very interesting report by journalist Fred de Sam Lazaro:
> 
> 	"School in India Teaches Women to Improve Lives, Towns.
> 
> 	"The Barefoot College in northern India teaches women skills
> 	to bring solar power to their villages and to manage the
> 	energy system in rural areas. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on
> 	the philosophy behind the school and its unusual approach to
> 	empowering women."
> 
> As summarized by social entrepreneur Bunker Roy, Founder of Barefoot
> College:
> 
> 	"Our job is to show how it is possible to take an illiterate
> 	woman and make her into an engineer in six months and show
> 	that she can solar-electrify a village."
> 
> Most relevant to information designers: the training program stresses
> self-reliant learning and visual literacy. Classes are
> 
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christian mariacher | 15 Jan 10:01 2009
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Museums: exhibition design

Dear cafe,

I wonder whether anybody can recommend good literature
on corporate/wayfinding/exhibition design for museums.

To be precise I am researching graphic responses to 
the problem of presenting exhibitions in buildings which are 
visited for their historic importance, like the Tower or Versailles ...

Besides literature I would appreciate best practice examples 
or personal experiences of fellow designers.

Many thanks,
Christian

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Dave Crossland | 15 Jan 21:45 2009

Re: Self-reliant learning

2008/12/30 Deborah Taylor-Pearce <dtp <at> she-philosopher.com>:
>
>        "The Barefoot College in northern India teaches women skills
>        to bring solar power to their villages and to manage the
>        energy system in rural areas.
>
>        "run by instructors who themselves have little or no formal
>        education. Instruction is delivered with a mix of body
>        language, a few essential terms in English, and a lot of
>        hands-on practice.
>
>        "The students create an illustrated manual they'll take home.
>        It's the closest thing to a diploma certifying their training
>        as solar technicians."

That is interesting; the Transition model could probably take a leaf
out of that book :-)

http://transitionus.ning.com/ is the USA site, although it originates
in rural England.

Happy new year,
Dave
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Karel van der Waarde | 16 Jan 15:38 2009
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IDA meeting (London, UK): Per Mollerup on 'Organising knowledge'


        ** IDA event: Per Mollerup **


The first evening meeting event of the 
Information Design Association in 2009 will be on 
10th February, when Per Mollerup will speak on:

Organising knowledge: a few suggestions

Tuesday 10 February, 2009 at 6:30pm
St Bride Library
Bride Lane, Fleet Street,
London EC4Y 8EE

CONTENT:
Having run the Copenhagen-based design 
consultancy DesignLab for many years, Per is 
about to take up an appointment as Professor of 
Information Design at Swinburne University of 
Technology in Melbourne. Per is the author of a 
number of books, including Wayshowing: A Guide to 
Environmental Signage Principles and Practices.
<http://www.designlab.dk/>http://www.designlab.dk/

TICKETS:
Buy tickets at:
<http://ida.eventwax.com/organising-knowledge-a-few-suggestions>http://ida.eventwax.com/organising-knowledge-a-few-suggestions

Ticket info:
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Deborah Taylor-Pearce | 28 Jan 05:31 2009

Coastal views and handedness

Cafe --

I'm presently involved in a complicated discussion on the MapHist
discussion list, and could use your help again with research questions.

Our discussion is nominally about "coastal views" (aka "recognition
views", "coastal profiles", "coast recognition profiles"), although as
usual whenever I'm involved, we've taken several detours into related
topics, including discussion of: the camera obscura and camera lucida,
and their use for making coastal views, from C17 through C19 ... the
development of the telescope ... whether or not "coastal views"
(especially the more artistic ones) qualify as "maps" ... the
influence of coastal views on Thomas Hariot's lunar maps ... C17 maps
of the moon, in general, and questions over whose lunar map came first
(Hariot's or Galileo's) ... instructional texts concerning the making
of coastal views across the centuries ... the how & why behind changes
in the production and type of "coastal views" across the centuries ...
and whether or not those who did drawing/drafting were trained to be
right-handed during C19/C20....

I've no doubt left out a few other topics which have been discussed
along the way, but it shouldn't matter for the questions I want to
pose now to the Cafe.

Before I do, though, 2 quick digressions:

#1  Vladimiro Valeria of the MapHist list recommended a recent book on
Wollaston's camera lucida and the ways in which it

	"changed dramatically the way of inspecting and reproducing
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