Train timetables, stationery, and product catalogues – part of the “Designing information before designers” exhibition at St Bride Library in London – showcase the work of Victorian age engravers and printers who turned out impressive work despite being neither trained, or professional, designers.
On show at St Brides are maps, train timetables, product catalogues and business stationery all created at a time when there were no “professional” designers. Yet all these items are certainly designed: they are the products of the highly skilled engravers and printer’s compositors of the time. At their best the examples on show combine function, typographic understanding and immaculate production. In fact, they put the work of many “professionals” to shame.
While not all train timetables may be accurate, at least some are pleasant to look at.
After a false start earlier this year (due mainly to one or two over-zealous bureaucrats) Sydneysiders will soon be able to install an app on the likes of their iPhones or Android handsets, which will provide bus, train, and ferry timetables.
The new official app will include more features than existing offerings and will support most mobile phones including the iPhone, BlackBerry, Google Android, Symbian and Windows Mobile platforms. Bus, train and ferry information will be available from a single app, which will incorporate service interruptions and take advantage of a mobile phone’s built-in GPS. This would “allow the system to identify the present location of the user and map relevant transport services from that location to their required destination”, said MoT project manager John Vandyke.
Initially the timetable data will be static, but in time the app will supply real time updates… useful for when a bus or train is running late.
Of course such instances are so very rare in Sydney but it’s reassuring to know the app developers are taking that point into consideration nevertheless.
Hmm, some of these people wake up at 7am and go to sleep at 2 or 3 am. Here I was thinking life as a student was all beer and skittles. :)
We want to find something out. With design schools being situated in all areas of the world – rural, urban, towns, suburbs (maybe?) – it would be very interesting to see what the average day of a design student looks like.