It has been a while since I have written anything on my blog. I apologize for that and plan on being more diligent in the future.
Right now I would like to urge you to submit examples of good and bad plain language or information design to the first annual competition sponsored by the Center for Plain Language (CPL). CPL is a non-profit organization located in Washington, DC. They want government and business documents to be clear and understandable. This competition is to see how far documents have come and to view the long road ahead.
The competition is in two parts: ClearMark for those that are the best examples in a variety of categories; print, on line and web in the private, public and non profit sectors in both original and revised documents. The worst examples are vying in for the WonderMark award in two categories – private and public.
The bad news is the deadline is March 1, 2010, but the good news is I am a judge and will not be entering anything. That greatly increases your chances to win.
Go to http://www.centerforplainlanguage.org/ for more information and entry forms.