England Riots – Told with Pictograms

Posted filed underDesign, England.


Can the story of the riots that took place in England last summer be told without words? In the latest research paper for Unit Editions, designer Stephen McCarthy covers the events, using pictograms…

Creative Review has the images and more: “McCarthy’s 32 page newspaper opens somewhat starkly with the police shooting of Mark Duggan in London, then covers the resulting protests and demonstrations, the looting, rioting and subsequent broom-wielding clean-up campaigns, even David Cameron’s return from holidaying in Italy.

In the style of the Isotype pictograms created by Gerd Arntz under Otto Neurath’s direction in the 1920s and 30s (see David Crowley’s CR feature on Arntz from March 2011 here), McCarthy’s contemporary take on one of the biggest stories of last year aims to present the essence of the events in as concise a manner as possible.”

Read on at Creative Review