DESIGN FOR THE WORLD INVITES SUBMISSIONS FOR 'PUSH/PULL' PICTOGRAM

23 January 2008
Barcelona (Spain) - Design for the World is soliciting designers world wide to collaborate on a project which could contribute to to a better communication between peoples who speak different languages.
Barcelona (Spain) - Design for the World is soliciting designers world wide to collaborate on a project which could contribute to to a better communication between peoples who speak different languages.

Nowadays many different cultures share equal or similar codified systems of pictograms, but none of them express the "pushpull" function. In order to illustrate which way a door opens it is necessary to use words, even written in different alphabets, which vary according to the language of a given country.

In accordance with the aims expressed by Design for the World, the organisation is inviting submissions to offer the world a new pictogram which would fill this gap. Voluntary contributions of ideas, sketches or formal proposals which would show how designers see the push-pull pictogram are being sought.

The proposals, sketches or ideas submitted will be organised according to their conceptual or visual affinities and assembled into "families". All sketches, ideas or proposals of each of these "families" will then be synthesized into one sign which reflects its essence, so that there will be as many unique signs as there are families . These different synthesized signs will then be sent to all designers who have contributed with ideas, sketches or proposals, so that all participants may offer input on their preferences by e-mail. This phase will allow for indication of possible cultural or semiological incompatibilities detected.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please send your ideas or sketches for this pictogram together with the filled-out form to Design for the World:

Download the form here.

For further information please contact:

Design for the World
22 Calle Roc Boronat, 115-2
E-08018 Barcelona, Spain.
T: +34 93 486 39 32
F: +34 93 206 36 82




About Design for the World
Design for the World was founded in 1998 by the world s leading international design associations Icograda (communication design), IFI (interior architects) and Icsid (industrial design), with the support of the Barcelona Design Centre. Design for the World represents a large number of designers (graphic, product, architectural, etc.) who want to use their experience and creativity to help people in need. They want to make available their skills to those who most need them, beyond the confines of the consumer market.

Design for the World takes a need - a need for an improved environment, a suitable tool, better communication or teaching materials - and works to find possible solutions. We unite designers through projects centered on one common idea: voluntary design for people in need.