Information Design: Emergence of a New Profession

"Egyptian scribes sat every day in the marketplace and wrote hieroglyphic letters, reports, memos, and proposals for their clients. At least since then, the business of assisting others to make their communications more effective has flourished. Specialists in communication already abound in our society: ghost writers, technical writers, advertising writers and art directors, public relations writers, and marketing consultants are only the most obvious ones. In any field of human endeavor there is a process of, first, specialization and, then, increasing professionalization. Information design is the most recent manifestation of the age-old profession of communications assistance."

An article by Robert Horn, Chapter 2, in Information Design, ed. by Robert Jacobson, MIT Press, 1999. Read the rest...

Posted by seralat at 06:22 PM on June 04, 2002
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