Current projects

What people notice about their documents

Following diary study research by  Dr Karen Stanbridge we have analysed what inluences people's judgements about documents they receive. We are using this analysis to create a framework for document originators and designers to evaluate the documents they produce and assess whether they are likely to be perceived as informative and usable by their readers. 

Judgements about document 'tone of voice'

PhD researcher Jeanne-Louise Moys is analysing what elements of document design convey the 'mood' or tone of voice of a document and, hence, are likely to influence how people respond to its content. For example, people are likely to respond differently to information according to whether it looks as though it comes from an authoritative source or is more popular or journalistic.  

The information needs of older people

Professor Alison Black has been investigating how the relationship between older individuals and their family, friends and carers affects the way they access and use information. We all tend to make rapid 'read now/save for later' decisions about information. For older people, who are not computer users or who are sometimes dealing with new information, such as financial information, other decisions such as 'ask my son/daughter' come into play and influence access to information.

Pain assessment for people with dementia

Professor Alison Black and undergraduates, Clare Leake and Sarah Barker, have been working with the Royal Berkshire hospital to develop a pain assessment scale that can be used by people with dementia and their relatives to tell hospital staff about the pain they are suffering, with the goal of eliciting better information as a basis for prescribing pain relief medication.

Digital access to ancient Rome

MA Information Design students, Ed Liu and Katherine Exss Cid are working with Dr Matthew Nicholls of the University's Classics Department to develop an interactive experience of Dr Nicholls' digital recreation of ancient Rome.

Musical memory box

MA Information Design students, Robin Rendle and VSS Iyer, are working with the charity AACT to develop an approach to giving non-computer users (especially older people) access to photographs and music using tablet computers, such as the iPad. 


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  • Research at the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication
  • Research at the University
  • Working with business


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