D. Sless

D. Sless
Communication Research Institute

Master of Science

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Introduction
I'm working on developing and publishing methods for communication and information design practice. I am also developing new theory and methods of semiotic research and practice.

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Publications (48)
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Keywords: semiotics, semiosis, choreography, pattern languages, user-centered design In 1985 I completed a major research project in Semiotics which resulted in In Search of Semiotics and a paper in this Journal explaining the relationship between semiotics and information design, and how information designers might productively read semiotic rese...
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David Sless’s journey to information designer coincides with the history of IDJ. David’s first paper was published in the second issue (1979). David’s journey alongside IDJ included the generosity of Peter Simlinger of IIID (1980s) and the encouragement of Paul Stiff of Reading University (1990s). IDJ is still a vital part of David’s life.
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This article reports on the work of Communication Research Institute (CRI), an international research center specializing in communication and information design. With the support of government, regulators, industry bodies, and business—and with the participation of people and their advocates—CRI has worked on over 200 public document design projec...
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This article reports on the work of Communication Research Institute (CRI), an international research center specializing in communication and information design. With the support of government, regulators , industry bodies, and business-and with the participation of people and their advocates-CRI has worked on over 200 public document design proje...
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Keywords: semiotics, semiosis, choreography, pattern languages, user-centered design In 1985 I completed a major research project in Semiotics which resulted in In Search of Semiotics and a paper in this Journal explaining the relationship between semiotics and information design, and how information designers might productively read semiotic rese...
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The Icograda Design Education Manifesto, a key legacy of Oullim, is a core document that defines the Council's position on design education. The Manifesto advocates that design education must be a learning-centred environment, enabling students to develop their potential in and beyond academic programs. The Icograda Design Education Manifesto was...
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This paper was originally given as a keynote presentation to the IIID Vision Plus 12 Conference held in Schwarzenberg, Vorarlberg, Austria in 2007. Presentations are not papers and in some respects they do not translate one into the other. I have edited it for this Journal as a stand-alone piece; at least that is my hope.
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Drawing on the everyday experience of collaborative design, and using ordinary language, I examine the nature of design practices and rules, how they come about, and how we use them. I offer some arguments to suggest that our conventional ways of thinking about rules are wrong. I conclude by arguing that the practice of designing and doing philosop...
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Communication is one of the contemporary’ success’ words. It conjures up ideas of successful action and change: ‘getting our message across’, ‘running public information campaigns’, ‘changing attitudes’, ‘raising awareness’, ‘setting the agenda’, ‘managing a public image’. These are the types of positive, success-orientated ways that our contempora...
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This paper describes aspects of a course in visual communication at Sunderland Polytechnic in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The paper includes an article first published in 1970 plus commentary to set it in context.
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This paper discusses the management and execution of an information design project, undertaken in Australia, for a large insurance company. The project provided the opportunity to use well developed principles of information design, project planning and management, and methods for dealing with organisational politics - a ubiquitous feature of all i...
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This paper explores the concept of an infrastructure of human understanding and a new approach to communication research using a logic of positions. Communication is not, as is sometimes supposed, an instrument for conveying information from one point to another nor are the forms, languages, or capacity for understanding uniformly distributed throu...
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This article is a reaction to the article by Cassidy and Knowlton, “Visual Literacy: A Failed Metaphor,” that appeared in theECTJ, Summer 1983.
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This paper presents a general and non-technical overview of semiotics and its recent history. The importance of Peirce and Saussure as founding fathers of contemporary semiotics is discussed and the debate they precipitated is mapped out including some of the peculiar characteristics of semiotics as a field of study. Some advice is given on how to...
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Contrary to popular belief, little systematic evaluation has been undertaken of how well public information signs convey their intended message. The application of a proposed evaluation procedure, involving an initial Recognition Test and a subsequent Recall Test, to a set of occupational safety signs is reported. Respondents comprised migrants and...
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A SET OF UNIFORM ROADSIDE INFORMATION SYMBOLIC SIGNS PROPOSED FOR INCLUSION IN AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS1742 WAS EVALUATEDIN A RECOGNITION TEST AND A LATER RECALL TEST. ALTHOUGH THEFIVE GROUPS OF RESPONDENTS DIFFERED IN THE PROPORTION OF CORRECT ANSWERS GIVEN, THERE WAS A MODERATE DEGREE OF CONSISTENCY AS TO HOW WELL SIGNS WERE UNDERSTOOD. BETWEEN-GRO...
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This paper reports an experimental pedagogic investigation of design behaviour. The subjects were design students and they were required to modify an image on the basis of feedback from a target audience. Results showed a consistent improvement in performance of the image with successive modifications. The study also shows a progressive build-up of...
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What are communication benchmarks? Over 20 years ago the Communication Research Institute (CRI) began Communication Benchmark studies to measure the quality of communication practices used by business and government in their communication with the public. The types of communication studied included such things as voice systems, forms, legal documen...

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Develop and refine methods for designing information to a measurable high standard.