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Muriel Cooper: designer of the information landscape

deep in the midst of production deadlines for MW2009, i'm celebrating Ada Lovelace day by remembering Muriel Cooper, co-founder of MIT's Visible Language Workshop. a pioneer in thinking about – and visually representing – information space, Cooper's insistence that information had characteristics beyond the linear was of significant influence on me as i worked with the Art Information Task Force, structuring the Categories for the Description of Works of Art in the early 1990s. When she died in 1994, Cooper was defining that we now think of a normal parts of our on-line typographic vocabulary, using scale, position, colour, and movement to indicate relationships and relative significance. in her information landscape print was more than a straight line.

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