I could tell you why visuals have a powerful role through history… but you know that. This is a famous diagram done by Florence Nightingale to show issues around soldier mortality during the Crimean war that was used to successfully lobby for better conditions for soldiers. She showed that more soldiers died of infections rather than wounds, contrary to popular opinion. The compelling graphical presentation was a persuasive tool.
They have changed our understanding of the world, as in this graphic that represents the immense loss of life in war. This is a chart by the French civil engineer, Charles Joseph Minard , drawn 50 years after Napoleon's Russian campaign of 1812. He wanted to show the impact and true cost of war upon men’s lives.
I could tell you how visuals help us communicate across language and culture and inform us at every step along our paths… but you know that
I can tell you how visuals pique our interest and curiosity… but you know that
I noticed drawing helped me shut me up, allowing me to contribute in new ways that don’t dominate a “conversation”
How doodles have helped me listen in new ways…
While working overseas, even in meetings supposedly in English, pictures changed things.
We told and remembered our stories with pictures.
And invited each other to make our marks
Beyond photos, what happens when we represent ourselves individually? Share our identity
I have a brain that is always overflowing with ideas. It gets so busy. When presenting, I can get incoherent. Some of you can testify!
By Nancy Margulies http://www.nancymargulies.com/business/large/Einstein.htm
All these changes I noticed as I began to get more involved in drawing on walls changed my practices. They changed me. So now I’m wondering how they are going to change my online practices. How these online practices might be useful to more than me. Like maybe, to YOU!
Or how we fatigue with a stream of text, as near and dear as it is to our hearts and minds…
How even the utility of simplicity can demand a break… but you know that
So how do you feel when you step into an oasis of beauty? Recall a beautiful website you recently saw. Now notice your breathing. Notice what your eyes did. Notice your physical and mental reaction. Especially while sitting at your computer. Linda Stone is now writing about “email apnea” – how we stop breathing while we read email. How can THAT be good for our bodies?
What happens when a visual just makes everything click?
Or understand something in a new way?
Why is humor experienced differently when it is visual?
I love the blogger who summarizes an idea with a quick sketch.
Graph Facand Vis Thinking Examples November09
Nancy White Full Circle Associates November 2009 A picture is worth a thousand words
<ul><li>"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." - Pablo Picasso </li></ul>