May 23 Newsletter: Placards and Reminders.

Good day everyone!

We hope you are having a great start of the week. With MUN@TIU Conference registration date coming up to a close, have you reserved your spot in the latest English Model United Nations conference in Japan? For us, we are excited to meet you all in this July!

Now, let see what news do MUN@TIU 2018 brings you this week.

Wondering what you just saw above? Those are the mock designs of MUN@TIU 2018’s country placard which will be neatly placed before you at the conference.  Here are some words from the Creative Team on the design:

  "Given the size of typical MUN conference room and the number of delegates, it would be a nightmare of the chair to look at the tiny letters on each placard."

"Given the size of typical MUN conference room and the number of delegates, it would be a nightmare of the chair to look at the tiny letters on each placard."

“The placard is an identification tool. It exists so that when people gaze at a delegate, they know which country does that delegate represent. Thus, the entire brainstorming process of us revolves around the question of how to create a design that is pleasant-looking but also transmits the information effectively. Normally, MUN conference would settle with the [Conference Name][Country Name] or just [Country Name] option as it is practical and easy to design and print out.

However, these types of designs obviously have a huge flaw: given the size of typical MUN conference room and the number of delegates, it would be a nightmare of the chair to look at the tiny letters on each placard and identify who sits behind those placards. From our experiences, the most common thing a chair would say in a conference is: ‘the delegate of….*spend a few seconds to read the placard*’. Obviously, we are not the first one to see this flaw in the common placard. Other conferences have long found solutions to this problem. Look at the following examples:

 A simple yet effective solution is to crank up the size of everything, but wouldn't that be too inconvenience?

A simple yet effective solution is to crank up the size of everything, but wouldn't that be too inconvenience?

 Another common solution: adding the country's flag next to its name. However, the limited space on the placard might affect how big the flags can be.

Another common solution: adding the country's flag next to its name. However, the limited space on the placard might affect how big the flags can be.

 A beautiful placard design that utilizes the country's flag as the background.

A beautiful placard design that utilizes the country's flag as the background.

Learning from these great examples, we came up with our own design which contains two elements: (1) a simplified country’s flag, and (2) text. The idea is to have the main colors and design elements of a country’s flag being the first thing that observers will notice when looking at the placard. In the example above, the we highlight the US in the placard by using the 3 colors in its flag combined with the white star to represent the flag. The observers should be able to tell immediately what country they are looking at thanks to these elements. Second, the text is used to compliment these elements in case of similar flags such as Russia v.s Netherland. Observers will be able to identify the exact country by combining the colors with the country’s name right next to it. In sum, we hope that our design will turn the placard into an effective tool of identification and also a pride for delegates who sit behind them, that they can show others their placard and say:’Look! I’m representing [Country]!’”

What do you think of the placard design? Send us your comment here if you have any criticism or suggestion for improvement!

Moving on, we would like to touch upon some information that you might want to know.

First, as mentioned earlier in the previous newsletter, we have released a list of countries you might be able to  represent in the conference. There are currently 47 countries listed from various continents, with more to come in the future! Keep your eyes peeled on the list here. On a related note, Early Bird delegates are now able to choose their preferred country as a benefit of applying during the Early Bird period. Make sure to check out the e-mail containing the instruction that we sent earlier!

Second, the MUN@TIU 2018 Background Guide is underway! The guide will help you understand the scope of the topic, give you various insights on the agenda, and most importantly, help you streamline your research on this issue. Are you concern with the  lingo of the conference agenda? Worry not. The background guide will give you the basic information on the agenda before you delve in the countries’ stances on the topic.

In case you miss the previous newsletter, we have just announced the keynote speaker of MUN@TIU, who is none other than Mr. Tsuneo Nishida, Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations from 2010-2013! Mr. Tsuneo Nishida will share his insight on issues such as the effectiveness of diplomacy for peace and the effectiveness of the United Nations. To know more about our keynote speaker, check this out.

We hope you are excited, because we definitely are! Stay cool for the summer and watch out for more updates ahead.

Until next time,

TIUMUN Admins