Sunday, 8 July 2012

Report into the accident at Fukushima

I was privileged to design the English-language executive summary of the official report of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission, instigated by the National Diet of Japan. Privileged because of its part in Japanese history as the first independent commission with the powers it had, but more obviously because of its responsibility, ultimately, to the Japanese people in reporting its findings about the causes of and responses to the accident. It was released last Thursday to some controversy, highlighting as it did the "manmade" aspects of the accident. Controversy continued the next day at a foreign correspondents' press conference for the global media, for which the English-language executive summary played its part.

From a design view: the brief was of course primarily for clarity. Font choice was important. A choice of the Sally font (from Fontsmith) for text and Fedra (from Typotheque) for headings and sidebars hopefully kept it clean, readable and modern. Content was king, but a design to reflect that – and convey the content – was sought.

Here the commission chairman takes questions from the press at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.

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