SignSphere: Inspirational design

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SignSphere is a monthly collection of design inspirational articles, websites and more. This month the roundup is a collection of typography, design, UX, wayfinding and data visualization design. If you have anything you want to share please use the contact form to send information for future episodes of SignSphere. Enjoy reading!

Arrow & Icons Magazine

The niche market wayfinding and environemental graphic design is growning on the internet, many companies start their own blog and startups in the field are emerging, visit the wayfinding and design blogs below to be updated with the latest information in this field.

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Arrows & Icons is an online magazine devoted to the field of Environmental Graphic Design. It is a place where designers of any experience level can come together to read, learn, share ideas, and engage in community centered around a common passion.

Operated by Ryan Lascano he shares his knowledge and from the fellow contributors, a great blog.

Some of its previous highlights:

Society for Environmental Graphic Design

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The global community of people working at the intersection of communication design and the built environment.

The Society for Environmental Graphic Design has a long history on providing quality industry news through their magazine and community. The worldwide highly appreciation for the members and staff has put the SEGD on top of the information source. The blog is a constant update on subjects such as EGD, Typography, Design, Architecture, Communication and more.

ID/Lab wayfinding blog

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ID/Lab wayfinding blog is a place to exchange ideas about wayfinding, placemaking, human factors science and environmental graphic design.

ID/Lab an Australian based wayshowing consultancy firm and good frieds of designworkplan recently released a blog about their field of work. Looking forward reading more about their philosophy on wayshowing.

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Johnny Holland Magazine

Interaction Design (IxD) is the study of devices with which a user can interact. The practice typically centers around embedding information technology into the ambient social complexities of the physical world. Wikipedia

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All Johnny talks about is focused on one aspect: interaction. He believes that this is the most important part in communication. Instead of focusing on the means by which we communicate we have to think of cause and effect.

Johnny Holland is great website about all that involves interaction design, user experience design, methods & theory, physical interaction and much more. With over 20 experienced writers from all over the world Johnny Holland is a great information resource.

UX Magazine

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UX Magazine was created to deliver a central place to discuss the critical disciplines that all enhance user experience. Extraordinary user experiences should be the goal of every interaction you deliver to your users at any level.

UX Magazine hold a great archive of user experience articles that apply to design, interaction, technology, strategy and more.

idsgn (new) typography and design blog

Typography and design is everywhere and designers use typography as a tool to express the visual communication. There are many many blogs about this field of expertise but some startups really gets my attention.

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idsgn is a new blog about the things we see and enjoy (or sometimes hate) as designers. We like to talk about graphic design, branding, typography, and sometimes we might post a video or two.

idsgn has a hightl inspirational level of bringing articles into the blog, with detailed and up-to-date resource information they know what they are talking about. Great new blog added to my RSS reader.

Information Visualizing: Infosthetics

Latelty I have been really into information graphics and the visualizing design, making information readable and understandable for large audiences. There are several great blog that I found that share information about how to design information. Below you will find a list of inspirational websites in the field on information visualizing.

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Inspired by Lev Manovich’s definition of “information aesthetics”, this weblog explores the symbiotic relationship between creative design and the field of information visualization.

Infosthetics is a great showcase of information design and visualization, with examples of showing complex information, Infosthetics is a great place to gain inspiration from.

Information is beautiful

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David McCandless from Information is beautiful is interested in how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through BS and reveal hidden connections, patterns and stories underneath. Or, failing that, it can just look cool

Information is beautiful says it all and the blog goes deeper into sharing information, ideas, knowledge and data. With many inspirational examples of showing complex information in a easy to read and understandable design.

Web Trend Map

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The Web Trend Map community curates meaningful link trends by choosing sources they trust.

Founded by informationArchitects this great visualization website shows trustworhty links by Twitter users. The users can create maps where they place their trusted Twitter friends on, the system tracks the tweets and puts them in a top trending links.

make this simple

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seethismakesense aims to seek out the worst examples of confusing information

make this simple is a new website about information design fails, they show an image of a map, instructions, letters, signage or related information design and the community can have their say on the design and if it should be redesigned. Looking forward seeing a good interactive talk comming from make this simple.

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