The graphics do not cure viruses directly, they do not know how to use the defibrillator, they do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, they do not recover polyps, they do not prevent epidemics, they do not prescribe medication.
Yet graphics are fundamental in all of these activities: medical manuals, anatomical atlases, pharmaceutical manuals, drug packaging, information, prevention and awareness campaigns, sheets with instructions for use kits, and techniques to be used. follow, signs to help patients find their way around a hospital, make a hospital or ward comfortable for children, speed up and make triage in an emergency room more efficient, raise funds for research – visual communication plays a significant role in each of these aspects and the boundary between good design and bad design, in such cases may correspond to the boundary between life and death.
This is demonstrated by an exhibition created at Welcome collection in London, organized in such a way that it answers the crucial question that gives the exhibition its name (open until 17 January 2018): Can graphic design save your life? The more than 200 exhibited materials – including books, posters, packaging, signs, apps and interior design – are copied with a sound YUP!. And it does the same the book as the small British publishing house GraphicDesign & printed for the occasion (the publishing house was also co-curators of the exhibition).
240 pages, 126 illustrations, the volume – with pharmaceutical green cover – can also be purchased at Amazon and collects exhibition materials and explains page after page how and why graphics can actually save lives.