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Jorge Frascara

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Jorge Frascara Jorge Frascara is Professor Emeritus and former Chairman, Art and Design, University of Alberta; Honorary Professor, Emily Carr University; Fellow, Society of Graphic Designers of Canada; Former-President of Ico-D (International Council of Design); Advisor, Doctorate in Design, IUAV University of Venice, and Editorial Board Member of Visible Language, Design Issues and Information Design Journal. He published more than 90 articles and ten books, the last being Information Design as Principled Action (Common Ground, 2015), and was guest editor of a special issue of Visible Language (49/1-2, 2015) on Design and Health. He was advisor to the International Standards Organization (ISO), the Canadian Standards Association and the Canadian Standards Council on public information symbols. He has been a guest lecturer in 26 countries and has received honors from eight countries for his socially-oriented practice and promotion of communication design. Past clients include the Government of Canada, the Government of Alberta, the Mission Possible Coalition (traffic safety), the Alberta Drug Utilization Program, Alberta Health Services, and the Health Services in Italy. He lives in Edmonton, Canada, consulting on communication design for health and safety.

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  • Information design, research and ethics Information design is an ethically motivated approach to designing. It is ethical because it recognizes the people addressed as different from the groups that create the communications. Awareness of the differences, however, is indispensable but insufficient. It motivates the approach, but to execute it in an effective manner it becomes necessary to engage in user […] No responses April 18, 2018
  • Why Evidence-Based Design Design has moved on fuzzy grounds for a long time. Decisions have followed best practices, opinions leaders, “good taste,” aesthetic fads, and personal assumptions about what works and what doesn’t. Since the times of William Morris, through the Bauhaus times, well into the XX Century, and even today, many designers worked all their lives on […] No responses April 12, 2015
  • Design as Collective Intelligence Design as an Agent for Change: The Need for Collective Intelligence. We see design as a profession whose aim is the improvement of the welfare of people. To achieve this, the very nature of the problems faced force us to work collaboratively. If one is going to do something important, it’s quite likely one is […] No responses May 1, 2014