XPLANE Creates Illustrated Report for UNICEF

Released on: July 14, 2008, 1:41 am

Press Release Author: Dave Lockman

Industry: Government

Press Release Summary: \'A World Fit For Us\' highlights global issues through 19
children\'s first-hand accounts

Press Release Body: Portland, OR, July 14, 2008 -- Designed by XPLANE, the United
Nations Children\'s Fund (UNICEF), has published \'A World Fit For Us\', an illustrated
report for young people that details the state of, and progress around, some of the
world\'s most pressing issues through the personal stories of 19 youth. The report is
UNICEF\'s promised follow up to the more than 400 children from over 150 countries
who participated in the United Nations Special Session on Children held in New York
in May 2002 and expressed their visions for the future. The report is hoped to be an
educational and empowerment tool for years to come.

\"Pictures are the universal language,\" said Aric Wood, chief executive officer,
XPLANE. \"Understanding the importance of visual communication is the basis of our
entire business, and we are proud to be working with an organization as important as
UNICEF to create a powerful and unified voice for children around the world.\"

Twenty-four pages in length and printed in English, Spanish, French and Japanese, \'A
World Fit For Us\' shares true stories that range from addressing the issues of war,
health care, HIV and AIDS, the environment, education and poverty. Aside from
offering updates on key world conflicts five years following the Special Session,
the book also provides ideas for action moving forward. The report was unveiled on
Dec. 9 through UNICEF field offices in over 150 countries and UNICEF national
committees in 35 industrialized countries.

\"Following the Special Session in 2002 and hearing first-hand the hopes, concerns
and dreams of our world\'s children, it was absolutely clear that we owed them an
update as to what has been achieved, and what is still being strived for, five years
later,\" said Patricia Moccia, section chief, division of communication, UNICEF.
\"This report is UNICEF\'s responsibility to the children of the Special Session as we
acknowledge the importance of each of their voices and let them know their demands
were heard and responded to. Making the report an illustrated production allowed us
to offer the update in a way that could be understood around the world.\"

The report\'s visuals, created by a team of 10 illustrators, aim to add emotion and
storytelling to otherwise complex quantitative data so that it can be more easily
understood and embraced by children everywhere.

The UNICEF project represents just the latest in XPLANE\'s work to promote
conversation for change in regards to advancing the lives of children. Most
recently, the company produced the \"Did You Know? 2.0\" presentation with educator
Karl Fisch to advance discussion on how to better educate today\'s youth for a
continually shifting world.

\"Images are a powerful tool for communication and learning,\" said Wood. \"XPLANE is
committed to applying that tool in all areas needed - from driving business results
for our clients to discussing world issues we believe need to be shared.\"


Founded in 1993, XPLANE is a global consulting and information design firm that
drives results for many of the world\'s leading corporations including Intel,
Microsoft, U.S. Marine Corps, Department of National Intelligence, Autodesk and BP
by using a visual-thinking methodology to achieve business alignment. Ranked by Inc.
magazine as one of the country\'s fastest growing privately held companies, XPLANE
offers clients unique and personalized service through its employees\' diverse
backgrounds and areas of expertise, including journalism, consulting, technology,
marketing, training, illustration, interaction, process improvement, information
design and architecture. XPLANE is based in Portland, OR with additional offices in
St. Louis, MO and Madrid, Spain. For more information about XPLANE, visit
www.xplane.com or call (866) 750-6467.
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Contact :
Dave Lockman
Portland, OR
(866) 750-6467

Web Site: http://www.xplane.com

Contact Details: Contact :
Dave Lockman
Portland, OR
(866) 750-6467

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