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Processing- Scriptographer


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tiny icon factory

Filed under: Visual Literacy (Nathan Shedroff)

history of communications- colour coded timeline

“I believe that the Information Age is just now starting and that we have been in the Age of Data. This has been characterized by a proliferation of relatively meaningless and useless data that has little impact on our lives. I am dedicated to transforming data into information and then into knowledge and wisdom, as well as teaching others to do the same. These steps begin by understanding the mechanics of organization and presentation. It is also imperative to know which media work well for what kinds of messages: text, sound, voice and music, animation, video, illustrations, photographs, and diagrams, video, and other forms. Using media inappropriately can destroy a message’s meaning and impact.

One of the best ways to communicate is through conversations and this is the next step for interactive products to take. It is also something that people must be helped to do well.

Communication is more than merely talking or writing. It is the most important experience with which we live. It is the key to successful business, understanding, and interaction. Good communication is critical to all interaction, whether between two friends, or many strangers. Successful communication relies on literacy with all forms of communication, including, text, images, sounds and music, voice, diagrams, numbers, and video for both producers and consumers. Being able to communicate clearly means being able to choose which medium is most appropriate to the message.

All communication is viral in nature. This is to say that the mechanisms for the creation, transformation, and transmission of all messages are analogous to those for genetic material. There are, in effect, ecologies of information and meaning that are woven into all aspects of our communications, including how we think, store, and retell our thoughts and experiences. It is my current goal to understand these mechanisms in order to build a taxonomy with which to use to create even more successful messages and help others to understand how to communicate better.”

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History of Visual Communicaton

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the world as flatland

1. website of the Information Design Studio,
Amsterdam (NL). 2. transferring complex
data into a flat, two-dimensional visuali-
zation. 3. metaphor for information design.
4. a different view on the world

authors of Designing universal knowledge

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useful page of links to articles on visual literacy

also interactive periiodic table of visualisation techniqes


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Visual Literacies Conference

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emblem books

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facsimile of an interview with Otto Neurath


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Publikum Calendar


2007 Publikum Calendar


(Experiments in alphabet form and meaning)

“…That’s how an alphabet looks to an illiterate person. It seems impossible that the odd shapes and forms that comprise the character of letters have sounds attached to them, and that those strange sounds depicted by forms have meaning when they are strung together. I can’t read Cyrillic* characters. Neither can any of the designers who work with me. The Cyrillic words on the page simply look like complete gobbledy-gook.

We took this rare opportunity of accidental illiteracy to explore a foreign typeface and language (Serbian) formalistically and compare and contrast it to the one we understand (English). What follows are some typographic explorations in form and meaning.

Introduction by Paula Scher published in the Publikum Calendar 2007

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