Interesting Things – Bank of England Uses Dr Seuss To Learn About Clear Communication

Interesting article which caught my eye, especially after looking into the use of graphic novels to communicate complex information to adults.


Interesting Things – Nick Tankard

I saw a print of this illustration recently by Nick Tankard and was overawed by the detail in it. The image is made up of the tiniest fine ink lines. It must take countless hours to produce. I would never have that level of patience (even if I had the skill to create something like that!). I thought the resulting light and shade in the image was amazing.

Nick Tankard: Place Charles De Gaulle, Paris

There are more illustrations from the artist on his website here:


Interesting Things – Women’s Rights are Human Rights Posters

Interesting blog post article in Eye magazine reviewing the US exhibition “Women’s Rights are Human Rights: International Posters on Gender-based Inequality, Violence and Discrimination”, shown in 2016. The exhibition highlights how women are agents for global change.

There are some very powerful, clever and though provoking images!

‘Apricot rose’ by Volontaire (Malin Åkersten Triumf and Yasin Lekorchi) with a photograph by Niklas Alm for Amnesty International, 2007.

I found this image really quite distressing. I’m a bit distracted though as I don’t know what the background is or what the brown splodge at the lower right of the image is… is that part of the message?

Unicef poster reading ‘More Education for Girls in Islamic Countries’ designed by FCB Kobza, Austria, 2012.

Mohammad Sharaf, Allowed, 2013. In Saudi Arabia, the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Vice has decided to allow women to ride bikes, as long as it is not for the purpose of transportation, and only if they are accompanied by a male guardian.

This was such a bizarre illustration that I had to look closer to find out more.. then I found out what a bizarre situation it was referring to!!!

Interesting Things – Graphic Novels in Education

I just happened to catch a piece recently on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme about how the graphic novel can be used in educating adults in complex subjects.

The guest being interviewed was Nicola Streeten, who herself had written a graphic novel about dealing with grief and had been researching the use of graphic novels in education of adults. Her theory was because graphic novels were entertaining to read and distilled information down into its most critical points, people were more likely to be engaged with what they were reading and more likely to remember it, than if they read a text book with few images.

Like most people, I always associated graphic novels with children and comics so was really interested in this piece as, when I thought about it, it made perfect sense. There are many many times that I have got to the bottom of a page in a text book and realised I haven’t taken in any of it.

I have since found a graphic novel explaining economics – ‘Economix – How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures’ by Michael Goodwin and Dan E. Burr

Nicola Streeten’s interview on Radio 4 is here:

Her website is here:




Interesting Things – Penguin Book Covers

I spotted these in a bookshop today..

I was instantly intrigued and had to go and investigate.  The books where sitting on a shelf in the ‘Fiction’ section, alongside all the other books, but why was the title and author of the book blacked out?

I had to pick up one of the books and look really closely to see that it was actually a copy of 1984 by George Orwell.

I thought this was a totally genius way of displaying the title of this particular book!