Sharing our thoughts and knowledge on clear communication.

June 3, 2019

Designers need validation

May 6, 2019 in clear communication

Clear communication and the law – yes it is possible

Is it possible to have legal documents that are in plain language? Ask that question to a group, and I am sure that answer would be a resounding no! Lawyers…
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April 23, 2019 in awards, clear communication, plain english, plain language, writing

Clear communication in a government report

The Clear Communication Awards have gone global! Andrew Tzembelicos – writer, editor and strategic comms specialist living in Canada – recently got in touch. He asked if he could share…
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April 11, 2019 in clear communication

Why the best communication involves lots of people

They say that it takes a village to raise a child. The same is true for clear communication. While I might think I have every skill that is needed to…
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April 3, 2019 in awards, clear communication, design, literacy, plain english, plain language, writing

A case study about Clear Communication

We love hearing stories from writers and designers about how they’ve helped create clear communication. Designer Lisa Minichiello from Room44 shares her insights on keeping readers engaged with the content…
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March 12, 2019 in awards, clear communication, design, literacy, plain english, plain language, writing

Early interactive design

Did you know one of the earliest forms of interactive design was the humble form? It still is the most commonly-used interface between a company and their client. Unfortunately, it…
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March 6, 2019 in awards, clear communication, plain english, plain language, writing

Know a great case of Clear Communication? Share your story!  

Have you helped create content that had an impact? Know someone who has? Australia's first and only awards to promote clear communication are on the hunt for guest bloggers. Share…
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February 27, 2019 in clear communication

Literacy in Australia – why understanding it will improve your communication

If you have read any of my blogs before, this won’t be the first time that you have seen me mention the importance of understanding literacy in Australia to improve…
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February 4, 2019 in awards, clear communication, design, literacy, plain english, plain language, writing

Bigger isn’t always better

We’ve all had that tussle with clients or designers (whichever side of the fence you sit) about typefaces. Fact is, we all have favourites. Favourite food. Favourite colours, and it…
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January 18, 2019 in awards, clear communication, design, plain language, writing

Introducing Australia’s first awards for clear communication

We are pleased to launch the Clear Communication Awards – the first and only awards in Australia to recognise and promote excellence in clear communication. Until now, Australia has lagged…
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January 18, 2019 in awards, clear communication, literacy, plain language, writing

Awards for a changing information world

How the world has changed. When I started work at the Victoria Law Foundation it was 2006 and while there was email and the internet only 55% of households had…
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January 18, 2019 in awards, clear communication, design, literacy, plain english, writing

Why stories of burning books brought me here

Some memories shape you, often without you realising it. And this week as we launch the Clear Communication Awards I am reflecting on what motivated me to be involved and…
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January 18, 2019 in awards, clear communication, design, literacy, plain english, plain language, writing

How a LinkedIn post sparked a national awards program

Sometimes an idea seems so obvious, you can’t believe it hasn’t been done already – like awards that recognise the importance of plain language and good design. Such awards are…
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January 18, 2019 in awards, clear communication, design, literacy, plain english, plain language, writing

What makes communication clear?

Is clear communication about the words or is it about good layout? It’s both. Choosing the right words to explain a concept is a great start. Problem is, the wrong…
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January 18, 2019 in awards, clear communication, design, literacy, plain english, plain language, writing

Am I a designer that writes, or writer that designs?

Some people think design and words are like the chicken and egg conundrum: they are never quite sure what should come first. Not me. In fact I hate it when…
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