Category Archives: visual communication

Book Review (german): Cairo – Images of Transition. Perspectives on Visuality in Egypt 2011-2013 // Mikala Hyldig Dal (Ed.)

[Transcript, September 2013, 186 S., kart., 34,90 €; ISBN 978-8376-2615-5] Wie dokumentiert man Geschichte, die gerade selbst im Begriff ist geschrieben zu werden? Wie lässt sich demokratisches Verständnis visualisieren? Und wer sind die Akteure wenn sich Geschichte als Bild manifestiert? … Continue reading

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Sign-to-Text (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Sign-to-Text” is an application for tracking fingeralphabet for SMS-use on Mobile Phones. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN RESERACH LAB of the University of the Arts in collaboration with T-Labs Berlin. . The project explores challenges and possibilites … Continue reading

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Call My Attention (Deafness-inspired Interaction at Design Research Lab Berlin)

“Call My Attention” is an application for immediate Line-of-Sight Signaling on Mobile Phones. The application proposes a mobile device function to be used like a remote control, for achieving immediate attention. It results from the Project “Speechless” at the DESIGN … Continue reading

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Abilities speak louder…

[VSA Arts of Colorado : Andrew Zareck | Art Direction and Design] The Access Gallery + Studio at VSA Arts of Colorado conducted the “Special Needs Poster Project” GIVING VOICE. In this collaborative project, young people with disabilities were paired … Continue reading

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Victorian Freakshows

For centuries the word ‘freak’ has been used cruelly to describe people born with ‘abnormal’ features, or those able perform extraordinary physical acts by contorting or misshaping their bodies. Freak shows were a particularly popular form of entertainment during the … Continue reading

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Book Review (german): Fritz Kahn – Man Machine

[BuchCover: Fritz Kahn – Man Machine;  Springer Wien New York, 2009] Halb Wesen und halb über Ding Tom Bieling Was haben eine Fabrik und ein Penis gemeinsam? Worin liegt die Parallele der menschlichen Verdauung zur Eisenbahntechnologie? Synchron zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung … Continue reading

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Reading Chart

Flipside of our latest flyer for a workshop on interaction and visual impairment… [Designabilities // Tom Bieling]

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“Pictograms” for the Blind?

[Elevator Buttons – Braille subtitled; Foto: Tom Bieling] Taking the elevator this morning again, i was asking myself: Are there any kind of “non-visual” pictograms or icons for blind people? For me as a non-blind person my life is often … Continue reading

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Exploring Disability – The hard way ;-/

Rough suggestions for wrong parking offenders on this inofficial traffic sign: via: Ehrensenf

Posted in Experience Disability, visual communication

Man Machine – Fritz Kahn’s Körperbilder der Moderne

Tonight starts the exhibion on Frith Kahn, entitled “Fritz Kahn – Maschine Mensch”, at the Berlin Museum of Medical History of the Charité (university hospital), presenting more than 100 illustrations of this incredible visionary. We are looking forward to see and report … Continue reading

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Disability prohibited

Poor knowledge about the picture language of german visual guidance systems is shown at Nürnberg Airport. The intention was, to advise the passengers, that at a certain part of the airport there is no possibility for wheelchair-users to change floor, because … Continue reading

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Live subtitles in ARD

“BRISANT”, a boulevard magazine of the german TV-station ARD will, from now on, be broadcasted with live subtitles. This decision is based on increasing numbers of deaf or hearing impared people . Here you can read more.

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Mobile ASL

A research project of Neva Cherniavsky, University of Washington   The goal of the Mobile ASL project is to compress sign language video so that deaf users in the USA can communicate via cell phone. While the deaf community has … Continue reading

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Animal signs

If we deal with sings to communicate among people that cannot hear or talk, we can also look at other creatures which need to communicate without talk. Handspeak.com has a share about the ability of dogs communicate among each other … Continue reading

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Calligraphy

The term calligraphy usually evokes an image of beautiful writing and lettering. The series in Jolanta Lapiaks photocalligraphy body of works called Photospeaking and/or Photowriting inspects the notion of calligraphy and deconstructs this notion. “a splendid flash of concrete poetry”, Photospeaking … Continue reading

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Sign Language Course – 5th lesson report

We learned some more interesting aspects about sign language in our latest class in DGS (German Sign Language). One aspect was the grammatical setUp of subject-object-verb (in difference to german grammatic). That means, a typical sentence would be built like … Continue reading

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Synaesthesia (documentary)

Another (german) documentary on synaesthesia. Amongst others, one whoman describes her experiences of being a synaesthetic person. For example, she learns indian language now, supported by her synaesthetic skillz. Or, listening to certain singers (no names!) makes her sick, because … Continue reading

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Evan Grant: Making sound visible through cymatics

Evan Grant demonstrates the science and art of cymatics, a process for making soundwaves visible. Useful not only for complex and beatifull visual patterns, but also for analyzing complex sounds. For example in oceanography, a lexicon of dolphin language is … Continue reading

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Sign Language Course – 4th lesson report

We learned some interesting aspects about sign language in our latest class in DGS (German Sign Language). One aspect was the determination of different mimics in different context (e.g. question, doubt, command,…). On the bottom of this post you find … Continue reading

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Baby-sign-language – to communicate with babys before they speak

Babyzeichensprache – mit Babys kommunizieren bevor sie sprechen können The idea came from the USA in the 1980s. Scientists found out that hearing children from deaf parents were much earlier able to communicate than hearing children from hearing parents. In … Continue reading

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Finissage StreetLab (15 September)

[For English see below!] StreetLab Finisage – Eine Ausstellung des Zukunftslabors für mobile Kommunikation Zum allerletzten mal öffnen wir die Pforten unseres StreetLabs für eine große Abschluss Ausstellung. Dort wird es viel zu sehen und zu erleben geben und wir … Continue reading

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Sense Parcour (Workshop Review)

In our Sense-Parcour-Workshop (17 august 09), we discussed and experienced the “sense” with kids and teenagers, that actually don’t have visual or accustical impairment. What is it like, when you can suddenly not hear or feel any more? How about … Continue reading

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Deaf StreetLab (Review)

Our Workshop with with deaf Teenagers at the StreetLab (13 august 09) was interesting and fun. We had two Sign Language Translators to support us. We talked about specifics and properties of Deaf Life. What are typical problems for Deaf … Continue reading

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Illiteracy

Even in Berlin, about 200.000 people are illiterate. Not really as a substitution, but in addition to written language we want to underline the importance of visual communication, symbolic language, alternative/augmentative communication etc. also for the context of illiteracy. One … Continue reading

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Multimodal Communication System

In the framework of our research, we have been doing several workshops with people with different abilities/disabilities (The latest one was with deaf people on august 13, the next one will be with hearing and sighted people on august 25). … Continue reading

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Deaf StreetLab (13 august)

On thursday, 13th of august, we will do a co-design-workshop with deaf kids at the StreetLab. Together in playfull workshops, we are going to explore the properties of deaf communication. Furthermore we will develop expedient and sensible product- and service … Continue reading

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Sharpen your senses! Review of our Co-Design Workshop with Kids from Neukölln(Berlin)

Our yesterday’s kids-workshop on navigation and (mobile) communication by different senses (see post below!) was awesome: We had a full day outdoor workshop with kids between the age of 3 to 12 years. It was difficult to count them, but we guess during … Continue reading

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Sharpen your senses – Workshop with Kids

Less than two weeks before we start the StreetLab, we and our colleagues take part at this nice open-air festival in Berlin called PLATZSPIELE, where we provide several workshops with kids (28.7., 30.7., 2.8, 4.8.). On thursday july 30, we … Continue reading

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Dialog in Silence

Yesterday we went to Dortmund, to visit the DASA exhibition “Dialog im Stillen” (Dialog in Silence). We will report from that soon! [exhibition flyer; DASA; dialog-im-stillen]

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Clackastigmat 6.0

The Berlin based photographer Oliver Möst uses his visual impairment (short-sighted) as an actual visual power and transfers it to a special technique of photography: He reconstructed his AGFA CLACK, by attaching his own eyglass lens (strength: 6 dipotrine), wich … Continue reading

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StreetLab features workshops for deaf and blind kids (amongst others).

[StreetLab; Berlin] (German): Neukölln (Berlin) wird vom 10. – 30. August zum Zukunftslabor für mobile Kommunikation – Kinder und Jugendliche gestalten die Zukunft der mobilen Kommunikation gemeinsam mit Design-Forscherinnen und Forschern der Technischen Universität Berlin Ort: Wildenbruchstrasse 88. Im Rahmen der … Continue reading

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Deaf Music – Gehörlose Musik (by DIE TÖDLICHE DORIS)

In November 1998, many hearing-impaired people – and an equal amount of those who could hear just fine – made their way to the Prater der Berliner Volksbühne to witness a process as part of a series of events called … Continue reading

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Berliner Gebärdenbärchen

As a learning- and teaching-tool, the berlin based BGDBB (Berufsverband der Gebärdensprachdozenten Berlin/Brandenburg e.V.) prepared a collection of common and helpfull signs (DGS – Deutsche Gebärdensprache =  German Sign Language) with little Bears as protagonists. A small collection of the … Continue reading

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StreetLab – free summer workshops for young kids on communication and design

StreetLab, a summer project of the Design Research Lab,  offers free workshops for and with youg kids and teeanagers from 10th to 28th of august in Neukölln (Berlin). The workshops will contain creative examinations around the topic fields communication, perception, (social) … Continue reading

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Sound as Sight – Sight as Sound ||| Sound as Vibration – Vibration as Sound

[sound as sight – sight as sound] [sound as vibration – vibration as sound] In the bsd project on designing adaptive environments, the project team base some of their architectural planning thoughts on language and sound communicated at multiple scales.  These scales … Continue reading

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Mediating Deaf Experience

In their project on designing adaptive environments, the Beverley School for the Deaf has collected a series of simple diagrams illustrating the DEAF experience.  These aim to mediate ideas of communication, interaction, education, interface, ethics, etc.  “The first four address … Continue reading

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Transfering clarity – from deaf communication to spatial realms

[quick/dirty illu + mobile foto: Tom Bieling] The guys from bsd+design have given an interesting thought about clarity on deaf communication, in this short post. “…For example, in a meeting, those with the loudest voices do not automatically dominate the … Continue reading

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The Elephant’s Memory

[Elephant’s Memory – Alphabet] Since we are also interested in altervative and augmentative communication, we still kind of like this KHM project, called The Elephant’s Memory. A pictorial language consisting of more than a hundred and a fifty combinable graphic … Continue reading

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