An important new book has just been published by designer Jonathan Barnbrook linking design and current affairs. Sarah Temple, Senior Lecturer and Course Director for the Diploma in Professional Studies at LCC considers Barnbrook’s Little Book of Global Shocking Facts to be “perhaps one of the most important books for designers to read since ‘Design for the other 90%’ by Cynthia Smith.”
Information design graduate Nicola Ryan worked on the book during her internship year on the Diploma in Professional Studies as part of a four year degree in Graphic and Media Design at LCC.
Speaking of here work experience, Nicola says:
“I got the chance, back at the start of 2009, to work on Barnbrook’s Little Book of Global Shocking Facts. Barnbrook Design was given the rather envious/daunting brief of not only designing the graphics, but also researching and selecting all the content. My role in the book was predominantly research based – sifting through pages upon pages of reports to source facts which would not only astound, surprise and appall readers, but also had visual potential.
“Some of the facts I discovered stunned me – who would know that despite all we hear about mines being cleared in third world countries, for each one disposed of, 20 more are dropped? Or, in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo, three out every four women have been raped? My time working on this project has influenced me greatly – demonstrating to me the position of influence graphic designers have, and the absolute necessity for designers to be socially responsible.”