Human Development Report 2009

Since 1990 the United Nations Development Programme publishes an annual report called the Human Development Report exploring challenges including poverty, gender, democracy, human rights, cultural liberty, globalization, water scarcity and climate change. This year’s topic is migration and the UNDP has recruited the New York based design studio Zago which originated from Basel, Switzerland to lead the design.

Zago’s project desciption:

We were honored to lead the design of this year’s report. Our challenge was to create a engaging experience while keeping the document’s academic and policy nature intact. We created a design that supports the topic of migration and human mobility, simplified the nature of the information design and reworked the report’s overall template to prepare it for the next 10 years of use.

The 230 pages strong publication is lovely designed and the data is made understandable by clean and usable information graphics. While appreciating the overall look & feel we must specifically salute Zago for the quality of the maps, charts and table design.


Human Development Report 2009 | United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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