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From:Carel -dot- J -dot- Jansen -at- LET -dot- RUU -dot- NL Date:Tue, 26 Oct 1993 12:37:27 +0000
The following message is sent on behalf of Piet Westendorp, a
Dutch teacher and researcher in the field of technical
communication at Eindhoven University of Technology;
unfortunately Piet has no email facilities yet.
User Manuals Exhibition
From February 15th 1994 till beginning of April 1994 an
exhibition on User Manuals is presented in the Fashion
Institute of Technology in New York (7th Avenue at 27th
street, 10001-5992, College of Art and Design, Business and
In this exhibition various aspects of user manuals are
presented, like the increasing need for user manuals, the ever
increasing complexity and size, the variation in solutions to
the same communication problem (both on conceptual and on
detailed level) and the communication to a variation of target
groups (men-women, young-old, lay-men and experts).
Furthermore in this exhibition many aspects are presented that
are characteristic of user manuals (like indicating parts,
sequences of actions and dont's). Many interesting graphic
solutions to communication problems are shown in a comparative
way (e.g. the use of supporting colors, arrows, hands and
fingers, etcetera. Of course some beautiful examples and
beautiful failures are shown.
The exhibition is based on a collection of thousands and
thousands of manuals owned by prof. Paul Mijksenaar of the
Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. The
exhibition is designed and composed by drs. Piet Westendorp,
researcher in the field of user manuals at the Universities of
Technology in Delft and Eindhoven (the Netherlands), who also
wrote the accompaning book.
The exhibition User Manuals has been shown in Z rich and
Lausanne (Switzerland), Essen and Mannheim (Germany) and Delft
and Eindhoven (The Netherlands).
The exhibition is produced by the Arts Projects Foundation of
Rotterdam (the Netherlands) and can be rented in the United
States after the beginning of April 1994. For further
information, please contact Peter de Roden at the Art Projects
Foundation, telephone +31-10-4360395, fax +31-10-4367295.