VISUALISATION BLOG – 16/04

I find images are so uplifting, how they supplement our learning, how they are presented with the intricate connections that occur, interlinking the informational message and the audience.

The concept of visualisation in relation to publishing could not be more paramount, for it is through the eye that we view our whole world. In books the words describe what we can see, creating pictures in the minds-eye for us to grasp an idea more firmly.

This is what is described as ‘visualisation.’ Images have long been used as teaching aids, seeing is innate; before the first language was spoken the human species saw and recognised familiar images.

We now have common understandings of certain images and icons. To understand how graphics can be brought into the changing paradigm that is publishing we must first look at how these graphics are composed, interacted with and experienced.

When considering Timo’s ‘The Dashed Line in Use,’ you could understand how communicative such a small seemingly insignificant image can be.  The dashed line speaks so fluently to virtually every person without them even being aware of it.  These little lines feel like some reminiscence of a language learned long ago, lost in the depths of our consciousness, along with developing our silly little motor-skills.

Dashed lines are used most basically for visual instruction, demonstrating a chain of movement and it shows a perceived flow. As a virtual fold, the dashes indicate structural design possibilities of objects, and as a sign of things to come. The dashed line is the way home, the key to reading a map, an action to be followed by another action… symbolising a move by either human or object. The dashed line confirms what is not there… imaginary boundaries or borders.

I think this is why mind-mapping is such a powerful tool (I discovered mind-mapping as a learning tool recently hence my mild obsession with it).

Our sub-conscious minds are inherently visual and meaning we associate through connecting colours and images to other objectified pieces of knowledge in our minds which places the item into our accumulative assemblage of stored information.

It seems the more senses we engage the more knowledge we can solidly accumulate. When we combine traditional tools of learning like books with new multimedia, we transform the way people gather knowledge.

Technologies can now target kinaesthetic learners, tactual learners, auditory learners and visual learners, making aggregated information more understandable and revolutionising possibilities in publishing.

On the job training is part of every practical thing we do and the best form of learning, because you’re immersed in the experiences, with all your senses blazing.

In the Gates reading, Vague Terrain 09: Rise of the VJ,’ it is acknowledged that aesthetic qualities have remarkable power to influence experience.

“Live video mixing performances certainly address a hunger for immersive and synesthetic sensory experiences where aural and visual elements work together to create a whole that is something beyond the sum of the parts.” (Gates, 2009)

The new technologies we are seeing today such as, Smart-phones, kindle and Ipads, are engaging the audiences at high levels, allowing people to create relationships with data and new technologies.

“Perhaps it is the intense bombardment of the senses that does it. Or perhaps it is the richness of the dialogue between technology, spatial architecture, and human expression that speaks to us so powerfully” (Gates, 2009)

Our attention is being eaten up by mutli-sensory devices which seek to submerge the user in each and every function.  I personally find this example of VJing a bit overwhelming however the Benga – I Will Never Change by Us video is a great emersion of past and present technologies.

Refs:

Arnell, Timo (2006) ‘the dashed line in use’, <http://www.nearfield.org/2006/09/the-dashed-line-in-use>

Gates, Carrie (2009) ‘Vague Terrain 09: Rise of the VJ’, <http://vagueterrain.net/journal09>

Vimeo, available: http://vimeo.tumblr.com/post/20608208237/benga-i-will-never-change-by-us-spin-this

Image 1: http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photos-circle-maze-puzzle-as-a-brain-in-a-person-head-image7797243 (Date accessed: 16/04/12)

Image 2: http://kid.tipjunkie.com/scissors-skills-worksheets-for-kids-fine-motor-skills (Date accessed: 16/04/12)

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