Prof. Lawrence Hanley Design

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    Chart representing a flow of products through the UK textile industry from the intake of raw materials to the finished product. Designed by Lock/Petterson Ltd. 1968

    This is a wonderful example of New Graphic Design principles working to create a visually pleasing graphic out of very complex subject matter.

    Charts, diagrams and graphs are most difficult to give visual form to. The computer
    helped change that and the visualization of data entered a new age.

    counterform, gdurrell, jenniferdaniel, and 87 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Aegir 89 months ago | reply

      That's great. I know it's cheeky, but is there any way you could get a higher-res scan? I'd like to read the flyspeck-text at the bottom of the chart. The big downer to some of these great infographics is that they often use microscopic text. :)

    2. michal migurski 89 months ago | reply

      Uh, wow. That's gorgeous!

    3. Alki1 88 months ago | reply

      Aegir, I'm sorry that I didn't see your comment sooner. I will try to scan it again but I don't think that it will turn out better. We'll see.

      The microscopic text usually comes about because the client demands so much information crowded onto the page, at least that's been my experience. (Maryellen, can't you set that block of copy in 4 point type unleaded? Why, then you could get the whole manuscript on that single page.)

    4. Yaronimus Maximus 81 months ago | reply

      i think the art and the design here intertwined with the textile concept are amazing.

    5. Yaronimus Maximus 81 months ago | reply

      doing this with no computer is probably a daunting task.

    6. Melissa Adkins 74 months ago | reply

      this one is amazing, and yes...graphic design without computers must have been a task.

      wonderful image.

    7. Stupid Colors 47 months ago | reply

      Wow, this is totally awesome. Someone put massive amount of work into this.

    8. Prof. Lawrence Hanley 14 months ago | reply

      Alki1, thank you for posting the NEDO chart, it's nice to see that people are able to reference it after more than 40 years.
      Few people ever got to see the original ones.

      I designed the chart when I was working at Lock/Pettersen in 1972, the year after I graduated from the London College of Printing. I was 23 years old and determined to design every job work as well as I could, regardless of what the subject matter was.
      This chart and some other technical graphics for BP Plastics were published in Graphis Diagrams in 1973 (I have a feeling it was the influence for the cover graphics by the way) and was in large part responsible for Tom Eckersley (Head of LCP) offering me a Part-time Lecturing position at the LCP, which lead on to my being invited in 1974, to be on the planning committee for a new college of design in Sydney Australia, where I also lectured for many years as well as being involved in a very wide range of design projects.
      In 1990 I started my own college of design in Sydney, where I was the Principal Lecturer for 15 years.
      I now split my time living in Australia and on my boat in Europe.

      I think I can say that the work I did on this chart did in fact change the course of my career.
      I'm happy to answer questions about my work on Facebook or LinkedIn as a number of people have contacted me in recent times with requests for info regarding flow charts etc,
      or: lawrence_hanley@hotmail.com

      I will make some following notes on the design for those who are interested.

      Prof. Lawrence Hanley, Sydney Australia.

      The NEDO chart was a daunting problem from the outset and the brief was to just try to organise the huge amount of raw data (mostly bits of paper and scribbles) that covered the textile industry in the UK.
      After a week of sorting the paperwork out and coming to the conclusion there was no simple way to represent the information, I resolved to discard the geographical and fiscal elements and concentrate on the volume and placement of the various products through the stages of production.

      I chose the schematic technique of wiring diagrams as a basis for the graphic and put it through a 30 degree angle to make it easier to read. 3 years of data were represented in light/medium/bold type in the black boxes.
      The volume was described by the thickness of line, 1mm = 1 Million tons of product.
      Colour was used as a tool to indicate raw product flowing through the production to the selling points.

      The artwork was done by hand with a T square (big one!) and a 30 - 60 set square, in black ink on an AO sized art board.
      The colours were specified as mechanical tints and stripped in at film stage.
      Type was Helvetica hot metal repro pasted on.
      Final size of the chart was AO trimmed on the long side on a heavy matt stock.
      It looked impressive on an office/boardroom wall.

      I set out to produce a 100% pure design project, that would make sense to a person trying to find information about the textile industry. No decorative elements were involved (although it does look a bit like weaving happily).
      I believe that the functionality of this work will make it endure over time.
      I think I can say that it was the first of its kind as a flow chart and after all this time I'm still happy with the result.

    9. Alki1 14 months ago | reply

      To Prof. Lawrence Hanley
      Thank you so much for the wonderful response to match the visual textile graphic that drew so much positive response over the years!

      I took time responding to your addition of very interesting information because I was trying to replace the original image in the organize bracket to the latest image shown on flickr but no luck, I tried everything! Well, at 84 I give up. Thank you so much for the vital information that so many will be interested in and hopefully, viewers will go to the set to find it.
      Now back to the drawing board and my latest project. It ain't over till its over!
      (Hmm, I wonder what kind of boat he has?)
      Sincerely yours;
      teacher ellen

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