Improving Signage

Photo: Ron Mader, La Paz = Peace (Some rights reserved) Visitors expect to find helpful directions — online and on the ground. Orientation is key. Good signage obeys three simple rules: 1) The information is clear.2) The information is accurate.3) The information is where the visitor is looking. Confusing, obsolete or hard-to-find information leads visitors …

Signage

Photo: Hierve el Agua (Some rights reserved) Signage = signs collectively, especially commercial or public display signs Wikipedia: Signage is the design or use of signs and symbols to communicate a message to a specific group, usually for the purpose of marketing or a kind of advocacy. Translating: SignageSpanish: Señalización Google Graph HeadlinesAdvertising companies wanted …

Email

Lingo Cards (Some rights reserved) Email = Electronic mail EssayA humble suggestion. Let’s use email more wisely. Personally, I check it weekly (Thursdays-Fridays), finding the endless announcements and mailing lists from friends and complete strangers tiresome, the spam and junk mail irritating (even if goes to a junk mail folder, why am I receiving this …

#SciComm

Hashtags #scicomm = Science Communication Hashtag: #scicomm Questions What are recommended accounts to follow on the social web exemplifying the best about science communication? = ¿Cuáles son las cuentas recomendadas a seguir en la web social que ejemplifican lo mejor sobre la comunicación científica? HeadlinesHugh Possingham: On Failure and Fun in Science Communicationshttps://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24032052-900-time-to-break-academic-publishings-stranglehold-on-researchhttps://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/04/the-scientific-paper-is-obsolete/556676/ Recommended Listening Defending science from …

Whatsapp

Logo Making the most of the social web, we are sharing tips on making the most of real-time voice and video calls. We challenge readers / listeners /viewers via our Digital Literacy Quiz for recommendations on using WhatsApp – whatsapp.com – the cross-platform, end-to-end encrypted instant messaging app for smartphones and laptop/desktop computers. Key Linkswhatsapp.comwhatsapp …

Rock Art

Photo: Ron Mader, Valley of Fire (Some rights reserved) Rock Art = Human-made markings placed on natural stone Also see: Cave paintings TipsPlease do not touch the rock art because contact with the oils in skin will damage them. You may take photographs and sketches, but rubbings are not permitted. Avoid climbing near rock art …

Communication Links

Photo: Ron Mader, Socialcize (Some rights reserved) Links related to communication presented in somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesWe Better Think Twice About What We Say to ET – NautilusSpanish village seeks Unesco world heritage status for outdoor chats – GuardianDeep space dial-up ElsewhereCommunications Earth and Environment Cell Towers Videos The Night I Went Out Without My …

Radio

Photo: Ron Mader, Celluloid Radio Bank (Some rights reserved) Radio = The transmission and reception of electromagnetic waves of radio frequency, especially those carrying sound messages FYI – The difference between FM and AM radio?  Basically, FM radio is tuned to changes in the frequency of radio waves, whilst AM is tuned to the amplitude …

The Value of Communication = El Valor de la Comunicación

Image: Lila, Lucia, Lucia, Lila (one of our favorite videos, so far reaching 80,000+ people on Facebook, used with permission) Communication = Exchange of information and thoughts Also see: communication nerds = enthusiasts and superfans of communication The Value of CommunicationMany people are aware that improving communication is a worthy objective, yet they are stymied by how to …