Principles of Making Isotype Charts
Marie Neurath, Robin Kinross
This edition is out-of-print
Publication date: 6/1/2009
Rights: North and South America only
|Isotype (International System of Typographic Picture Education) is a system of pictograms designed to commu-nicate complex information in a nonverbal way. Developed in 1936 by a team of sociologists lead by Otto and Marie Neurath, this process of "transforming" data into visual form has strongly influenced the fields of graphic design. The Transformer: Principles of Making Isotype Charts< is the first English-language primer on Isotype--the foundation of the modern-day pictographic signals found in airports, train stations, highway signs, and computer interfaces. Featuring illustrated examples and essays, including a previously unpublished essay by Marie Neurath, The Transformer is a long-overdue appreciation of an important moment in the history of visual communication.|
Marie Neurath (1898=1986), worked with Otto Neurath, the founder of Isotype, from 1925 to his death in 1945. She continued this work after 1945 until her retirement in 1971.
Robin Kinross completed a postgraduate dissertation on Isotype at the University of Reading in 1979; afterwards he worked with
Marie Neurath on translations and editions of Otto Neurath's writings, as well as publishing essays on Otto Neurath and Isotype.
This book is a long-delayed outcome of his Isotype activity.