LUCID (Learning, Understanding and Communicating about Information Design) is a research network funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. It involves participants from the universities of Cardiff, Lancaster, Reading and Surrey, the Royal College of Art, Central St Martins University of the Arts, Tilburg University, the Federal University of Pernambuco, the Federal University of Parana, the University of Sao Paulo and the University of Brasilia.

You can find out about LUCID by becoming a member of the LUCID NING

LUCID Postgraduate symposium 25 January 2012

Does good design translate?

On Wednesday 25 January 2012 the Department for Typography and Graphic Communication will host the final LUCID networking event. The day will include:

  • a review session with Professor James Hartley, Honorary Research Professor, School of Psychology, University of Keele
  • a discussion led by participants from Brazilian universities on the challenges in information design in Brazil
  • show-and-tell session based on the collections and archives in the Typography Department, led by Professor Michael Twyman
  • early evening talk by Dr Christopher Burke on the making of the films produced by the Isotype Institute in the 1940s, followed by a showing of some of the films

This event is open to both taught and a research postgraduate students and is free to attend. For more information please email:


LUCID symposium 8 September 2011

Writing for easy understanding and reading: legal language and small print

Our three speakers at this event are Frances Rock (University of Cardiff), Martin Cutts (Plain Language Commission) and Mark Barratt (Text Matters) and they will talk about their work that, broadly, has been concerned with making complex and detailed information easier to read and understand.

Mary Dyson will then lead a discussion that will focus on getting feedback. How can we get reliable and effective feedback? Does it tell us anything that we didn't already know?

If you are interested in attending the day please email

LUCID student workshop 30 September 2011

Britain's meteorologists have the tools to provide increasingly detailed and accurate weather forecasts which could help people, for example, plan family events or prepare for extreme weather conditions. However, people are limited in the time they have available to examine detailed weather information, their understanding of technical terms and their memory for information.

The next LUCID postgraduate student day will address the challenge of how designers can improve the presentation of weather forecasts and transform complex information.

For this workshop staff from the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication will be joined by Dr Andrew Charlton Perez of the University's Meteorology Department and  Dr of the Psychology Department to set the scene for the workshop in which we will develop responses to the challenges of presenting forecast information in ways that engage, inform and delight end users.

The day is aimed principally at postgraduate taught and research design students, but those from other disciplines such as meteorology, psychology and linguistics are most welcome.

The day is free to attend and refreshments will also be included. There may be some assistance available for UK-based students with travel expenses. Materials will be sent out in advance of the day so if you would like to attend, please can you email you name, institution, degree you are / will be registered for, and contact details to:


LUCID student workshop January 2011

On January 20, 2011, students from the University of Reading and Central St Martins got together for the LUCID workshop Translating complexity, organised by Annegrete Molhave and Katherine Gillieson. The joint venture saw MA Information Design students from the Department of Typography travel to London to meet with MA Communication Design students at CSM, to work with Professor Paul Ekblom of the Design Against Crime Research Centre (University of the Arts, London.)

The focus was on Professor Ekblom's '5Is' framework for crime prevention, a necessarily complex framework aimed at providing tools and solutions for crime prevention bodies. After a presentation by Professor Ekblom, the students worked in small groups to study the system and develop ideas and visualisations. An intense period of brainstorming, discussion and sketching produced a wide variety of responses to the brief. Presentations by student groups at the end of the day included everything from plans to redesign critical visual elements to conceptual ways of 're-presenting' this complex information for the online space.

The workshop aimed to contribute some ideas to Professor Ekblom's ultimate goal of producing free, open-source software based on the crime prevention framework. Organisers were pleased with the results of this cooperative exercise, and also received many positive comments from students about working intensively in such a unique setting, with students from other institutions.

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