The recent government protests at Istanbul’s Gezi Park left quite the impression about life and politics here in Turkey. The very public displays of police brutality allowed the international community to witness firsthand what is to be tolerated, and what isn’t…. [Read More]
Warning Signs: What Landmine Markings Teach Us About Design and Communication
The following is a collaborative post with Ed Lajoie, a research specialist and assistant project manager for the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery. There, he investigates landmines and the usage of minefield markings in post-conflict areas. In this post, we discuss a few principles of communication and design in the context of communicating danger in minefield markings.
As an assistant project manager at the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery, much of my job consists of helping those affected by landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO). Each of my team members must take into account the culture and historical precedents of where ever these ordnances will take place, countries such as Tajikistan, Jordan and Croatia. However a growing interest of mine has been to investigate how various cultures use design or “markings” to communicate danger in these areas. … [Read More]