Software brochures redesign for Da Vinci Communications

Da Vinci Communications is a German technology company, a partnership that was established to provide the best telecom’s software testing tools. Leonardo Editor software is developed for test engineers by innovative test engineers who are inspired by the art and science of the great Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci.

I redesigned their brand new suite of product capabilities brochures soon after Start-up with a theme that appeals to their niche market by finding common ground between the works of DaVinci and the sorts of symbolic language and forms that represent ideas of relevant non-physical things such as a cellular network. The client designed Da Vinci logo received a re-layout and typography facelift to resolve the idea in keeping with the look of the new set of brochures.

Inspiration for the abstract theme came from researching books on Da Vinci’s works. Among the architectural triumphs Leonardo achieved was the design and construction of massive ‘duomo’, the hemispherical domes of Italian cathedrals. Visualising a cellular network as an invisible dome over the planet led to visual research into the tesselations, the repeated use of tiled shapes without gaps or overlapping that Leonardo developed to finish the interiors of his domes with.

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Precise observation of the tiled interiors led to a design based on hexagonal tiles paired with six overlapping circles. For the two principles of the company, a man and a woman, this nonpictorial visual theme of partnership that Leonardo had designed chimed on a second level as the feminine floral circles and masculine geometric hexagons worked together intrinsically.

Each of the brochures were designed to be a standalone, complete sales tool, that also work together additionally as a suite of software products. Given the complex nature of the product they are elaborate designs and given the highly specialised and technical market niche they are inpenetrable to the non-telecommunications expert.

Leonardo Editor brochure “before”.

Leonardo Editor brochure “after”.

Much research and careful attention to detail went into executing this design project as the client’s brief was fine-grained in its detail and their standards of presentation were meticulously exacting. The work was also optimised for high quality short-run colour digital printing which was ideally suited to the client’s needs. I took great care with the design in 2000 to ensure that it would age nicely, and the proof is that the suite of brochures is still in use today, 17 years later.

What is the Leonardo Editor, what does it do?

The Leonardo Editor is a software tool, a test system for editing specialised, highly sophisticated software, it is the best tool in the market to create and edit TTCN-2 new cell phone design testing specifications. TTCN stands for Tree and Tabular Combined Notation. TTCN defines a test notation that is used to specify black box functional tests for,  for example a new cell phone design made by any manufacturer. The tests emulate the meta conditions of all known cellular networks from around the world, and they test the custom hardware and software components and different computer platforms integrated into the design of the device. The tests check the reactive communication protocols and services of the phone under all network conditions around the world so that the consumer can just insert a SIM card and go.

The rest of the brochures for Da Vinci’s range of software solutions develop the hexagonal tile theme and colour story of the Editor brochure.

Being a software tool Leonardo exhibits behaviour that is very useful to the experts who develop and bench test new cell phone designs (and other emerging telecommunications products and services). It combines a user-friendly interface with powerful features and uniform handling across multiple platforms. Leonardo Editor supports these laboratory testing engineers with state-of-the-art features that optimise the new cell phone design and development environment.

The telecommunications industry is intrinsically complex and characterised by fast changing telecommunication technologies. Flexible, consistent standards have been developed to measure the performance of new products by. Fast moving telecommunication technology evolution in turn feeds into shorter product life cycles and so it follows that there is demand for highly adaptive test tools for this market.

Leonardo Editor is very clever software for the very intelligent people, the engineers who must design and develop Smart telecommunications products and services, to budget and on-time.

These days I am well aware you want your branding and marketing communications to work hard. As hard as, let’s say, these Da Vinci brochures do. So to see more proof just have a look around or call Shaun on;
+64 21 067 6176.
Or email him


Project name: Leonardo Editor software brochures suite
Brand and identity systems design / Information design / Illustration /  Print production /Promotional design and advertising / Typographic design
Client (Industry): Da Vinci Communications (Software engineering, telecommunications)
Formats: Booklet / Brochure / Direct mail
Date: 2000


Printer: Colour Digital Printing (CDP)
Design firm:
 Surface Active Graphic Design
Copywriter: Client, including product naming
Creative director / designer / illustrator / print production: Shaun Waugh
Font credits: Franklin Gothic, Legacy sans, Garamond Condensed

Who is using TTCN?

Hat-tip to DaVinci Communications for the following explanation.

One of the most extensive users of TTCN is ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.

TTCN is a standardised language for describing abstract test suites that is independent of test methods, layers and protocol, making it an ideal language for standardised test suites. It has been used to specify conformance test suites for technologies such as GSM, ISDN, DECT, INAP, TETRA, Hiperlan, 3G, VOIP and VB-5.

Other industrial groups have chosen TTCN as their testing standard of choice. For example it is used to specify test specifications for Bluetooth™ and UMTS.

TTCN test specifications are easily available and used by telecom companies, test tool manufacturers, telecom equipment manufacturers, private network operators, research centres and test laboratories. In addition to conformance testing, TTCN is also being used for other functional testing.

What is TTCN-3?

The latest version of the language, TTCN version 3 (TTCN-3), is standardized by ETSI and the ITU-T.

It has been designed from the ground up to make TTCN more suitable for a wider range of applications. The new syntax and additional capabilities will also attract users from other technology fields. Typical areas of application are protocol testing (for example mobile and IP protocols), service and module testing, testing of APIs, etc.
The TTCN-3 standard includes several (optional) presentation formats. The text-based Core Language is the natural choice for those used to a conventional programming environment.

Brand and identity systems design, Brochure, Graphic design, Print production, Promotional design and advertising, Software, Typographic design

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