Research trip to the US

Approach to JFK Airport

Approach to JFK Airport, New York


Long time no see! It was a very busy November, after which I spent a just as busy December and January in the Netherlands. After a week in Shanghai for some departmental meetings I flew to the US for a 3 week research trip.

From XJTLU I received a small research grant to research the history of the DOT-symbols. These were jointly developed by the American Association of Graphic Designers (AIGA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT). These symbols are among the best know public information symbols on the planet and were introduced from 1974 onwards. They are still an inspiration to symbol designers.

So what is on the menu during this trip? Among other things research in the archives of the DOT at the US National Archives in Washington, and research in the archives of the Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. Also I have planned interviews with a member of the working group that guided the development of these symbols: Tom Geismar in New York, and interviews with the actual designers; Rajie (Roger) Cook in Pensylvania and Don Shanosky in Florida.

Links to research trip:
Washington & The National Archives
New York & Fort Myers Beach > DOT Symbol Research
New York: Being There

Approach to Pudong, Shanghai

Approach to Pudong, Shanghai

Slight snow blanket over the carefully planned farmland of the Noordoostpolder, The Netherlands

Slight snow blanket over the carefully planned farmland of the Noordoostpolder, The Netherlands