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Image is Everything: Exploring Critical Thinking Through Visual Literacies BLC15

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From cave walls to Facebook walls we have always embraced visual communication. Dual coding theory of cognition (Paivio, 1971), reiterates the importance of visual imagery in respect to our thinking processes - that in fact we need visual language in addition to verbal or text-based coding of stimuli. With the changing media landscape, our streams, memes, and zines have exploded with imagery, ushering in a need for visual literacy skills. We are quickly moving from images as decoration and augmentation to images as sole content and communication tool. We have some false beliefs about visual language - that it is equated with “art”, requiring “talent” from “creative types” - and therefore it is unfortunately often not overtly taught and practiced in schools. Technology has affected knowledge in such a way as to diminish the value of “raw” information and increase the value of sense-making, as well as chip away at attention spans, sparking a need for distillation of complex ideas. Images can essentialize the cumbersome in beautiful ways. They have a “stickiness” for the viewer and challenge the critical thinking of the creator.

This hands-on session will explore the “Whys” of visual literacy and offer participants an opportunity to tinker and play with:
iconography and metaphorical thinking
pictograms, “Shortology”, emoji, meme stories, and gifs
graphic design, graphic facilitation, infographics and sketchnotes
photography, cinemagrams (moving photos)
icon-based annotations and marginalia
using images to leverage CVs, social media, and presentations

We’ll experiment with ways to use visual language for personal knowledge management, amplification of knowledge and creative work, critical thinking, social interaction (conversation), and other forms of creative and intellectual expression.

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Image is Everything: Exploring Critical Thinking Through Visual Literacies BLC15

  1. 1. @amyburvall Image is Everything:! Exploring Visual Literacy for Critical Thinking #
  2. 2. http://bit.ly/imagED
  3. 3. community
  4. 4. http://bit.ly/blc15image G doc in “Activities” or…
  5. 5. 1:00-2:00 2:00-3:00 outside safari + indep. research/preso 3:00-4:00 share + data viz + graphic facilitation 4:00-5:00 photo + video+ personal brand + reflection intro + the why/how+ metaphor + shortology
  6. 6. workshop trailer
  7. 7. workshop trailer
  8. 8. ! Introductions see G-doc “Activities” life in 3 emoji CSI of you 3 of me how am I? sketch
  9. 9. story of me in 3 what 3 images tell your story?
  10. 10. How Art Made the World: The Day Pictures Were Born
  11. 11. How Art Made the World: The Day Pictures Were Born
  12. 12. How Art Made the World: The Day Pictures Were Born
  13. 13. How Art Made the World: The Day Pictures Were Born
  14. 14. Are YOU a Visual Thinker?
  15. 15. Are YOU a Visual Thinker?
  16. 16. THE
  17. 17. dual coding! and! picture superiority effect Allan Paivio
  18. 18. “Unflattening” - PhD as graphic novel @Nsousanis
  19. 19. External memory aids, such as sketches and diagrams, can help us overcome the limited capacity of our short- and long-term memories Allen Newell and Nobel Prize winner Herbert Simon
  20. 20. restructuring idea pivoting flexibility (modifying initial ideas; coming up with novel changes)
  21. 21. “Why Doodlers are the New ‘Now’”
  22. 22. important in cross-cultural groups, for whom visual sketches can bridge gaps of understanding
  23. 23. “The Whirl”, Dave Gray
  24. 24. “graphical library” ! “visual alphabet” ! “iconic language”
  25. 25. Dan Roam “vivid thinking”
  26. 26. Dan Roam “vivid thinking”
  27. 27. synthesis! ! metaphorical thinking! ! critical thinking
  28. 28. Tyranny of…
  29. 29. Gutenberg Parenthesis return to more visual/ oral
  30. 30. WHY #visualliteracy in the classroom? student-made film
  31. 31. WHY #visualliteracy in the classroom? student-made film
  32. 32. environment: graffiti wall
  33. 33. "Scholars will be instructed through the eye. It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge with the motion picture. Our school system will be completely changed inside of ten years" - Thomas Edison
  34. 34. “make audio go viral with eye candy” Blank on Blank
  35. 35. “make audio go viral with eye candy” Blank on Blank
  36. 36. media literacy and digital fluency
  37. 37. early Muppets
  38. 38. early Muppets
  39. 39. ! VIZIPHONE
  40. 40. use metaphorical and visual thinking to express complex and abstract ideas
  41. 41. non-verbal collaboration power of images to tell a story ! and relate complex ideas
  42. 42. Playing the Game! each person, 1 min
  43. 43. have a story in mind draw as much of that story as possible in 1 min pass paper to next person 1 minute to “add” to the story divide paper into 4 boxes
  44. 44. RULES:! ! no talking (this game must be entirely non-verbal until the end) ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! you may draw in the next box of the storyboard or embellish the previous person’s drawing try to avoid “drawing” words and phrases
  45. 45. last person who drew should share out loud with the group what they perceived the stories to be first person should then share in what ways end result was similar or different than original intent
  46. 46. Debriefing Viziphone What types of symbols and icons were useful in communicating specific abstract ideas? What was challenging about this activity? What was most fun and why? !
  47. 47. Debriefing Viziphone ! ! What surprised you about the way the stories developed with the imagery? ! Do you think your team was successful at communicating an entire story with visuals only? Why or why not?
  48. 48. “If only we could pull out ! our brain ! and use only our eyes.” ! ! ! ― Pablo Picasso
  49. 49. THE
  50. 50. Iconography and Metaphorical Thinking
  51. 51. Ads are the cave art of the twentieth century ! ! ! ― Marshall McLuhan
  52. 52. #jesuischarlie
  53. 53. #jesuischarlie
  54. 54. power of a tagged image
  55. 55. The Dot and the Line, 1963
  56. 56. The Dot and the Line, 1963
  57. 57. Metaphor is about association + relationship
  58. 58. Metaphor is about association + relationship “EYE-DEAS”
  59. 59. Metaphor is about association + relationship “EYE-CANDY”
  60. 60. Metaphor is about association + relationship making ideas “grow” better
  61. 61. Metaphor is about association + relationship
  62. 62. Metaphor is about association + relationship
  63. 63. Metaphor is about association + relationship
  64. 64. Pictographs / Isotypes (1930s)
  65. 65. The Noun Project
  66. 66. collaborative creativity: #remash
  67. 67. student logo contest: “What If?”
  68. 68. Iconography and Metaphor choose from list on G-doc also check out “SketchGuess”
  69. 69. @serendipidoodle
  70. 70. @serendipidoodle
  71. 71. Essentializing and “Shortology”
  72. 72. “Shortology”
  73. 73. “Shortology”
  74. 74. condensed shakespeare, mya gosling
  75. 75. MINIMALIST MOVIE POSTERS
  76. 76. POEMS NOVELS HISTORICAL EVENTS
  77. 77. synthesis: emoji story
  78. 78. 100% time, simple diaries @Braddo
  79. 79. ! “Quick and Dirty” Presentation
  80. 80. images - no bullets open-ended question to lead class in discussion
  81. 81. minimalist posters of a concept
  82. 82. minimalist posters of a concept
  83. 83. the film Amadeus
  84. 84. famous movie lines
  85. 85. 4 icon challenge
  86. 86. Essentializing and Shortology! ! choose from list on G-doc
  87. 87. Outside Safari! +! independent research with 3 slide preso choose 1 from the G-doc for indep research, see “General” in the G-doc
  88. 88. Infographics and DataViz
  89. 89. Benefits of Data Visualization
  90. 90. Benefits of Data Visualization
  91. 91. INSIGHT
  92. 92. picture VENNs
  93. 93. listicle! (Thinglink or info.gram)
  94. 94. listicle! (Thinglink or info.gram)
  95. 95. use real life items or people length of hair= frequency of addiction
  96. 96. use real life items or people photorealism
  97. 97. photo essay style
  98. 98. Visualize…! What’s in your head? #ds106 challenge (hierarchical)
  99. 99. word cloud art
  100. 100. infographic remix find an original and make it better more clear, fun, aesthetic metaphorical, etc.
  101. 101. DIY with data set
  102. 102. DIY with data set
  103. 103. Creation Creator Motivation Pos/Neg Effects relations between people and ideas
  104. 104. re.vu infographic CV
  105. 105. re.vu infographic CV
  106. 106. Thinglink : Metadata Me
  107. 107. from Ikea’s Swedish cookbook Blowout
  108. 108. Burning House Project
  109. 109. Infographics and Data Viz! ! choose from list on G-doc
  110. 110. Graphic Design and Typography
  111. 111. metaphorical lettering ! typographical parlant
  112. 112. “where art meets type”
  113. 113. Stefan Sagmeister, metaphorical typographer
  114. 114. http://webylife.com/
  115. 115. #sketchquote #threethirtysketchquote #birthdaysketchquote take a break…and make!
  116. 116. “DRAWMOUR” TUMBLR BLOG
  117. 117. translate a photo…
  118. 118. Graphic Design and Typography! ! choose 1 from the G-doc list
  119. 119. Sketchnoting and Graphic Facilitation (abridged)
  120. 120. some basics
  121. 121. some basics
  122. 122. Sketchnote Scribes G+ (linked on the side menu)
  123. 123. SQVID Dan Roam
  124. 124. SQVID Dan Roam
  125. 125. SQVID Dan Roam
  126. 126. SQVID Dan Roam
  127. 127. practice SQVID with words
  128. 128. divergent thinking: marginalia
  129. 129. networked reading @MrZiebarth
  130. 130. develop your own vocabulary @TracyClark08
  131. 131. develop your own “visual voice” sketchnotes by @MrZiebarth using Paper 53 Think Kit
  132. 132. put it on a tee!
  133. 133. make it an ironic tee!
  134. 134. collaborative Sketch Song: SHE
  135. 135. “She”, Elvis Costello (see G doc for lyrics to sketch)
  136. 136. “She”, Elvis Costello (see G doc for lyrics to sketch)
  137. 137. Sketchnotes, Graphic Recording, Marginalia! ! choose 1 from the G-doc
  138. 138. example of @MirandaKeeling to sketch
  139. 139. Photography and Cinemagraphs
  140. 140. try with photos!
  141. 141. photo safaris @cogdog
  142. 142. low barrier! of entry points
  143. 143. low barrier entry points: photo challenge
  144. 144. low barrier entry points: photo challenge BESTAGRAM
  145. 145. low barrier entry points: photo-a-day
  146. 146. low barrier entry points: photo challenge FORCED PERSPECTIVE
  147. 147. “A few weeks later, in the wood, I came across Miss Riding Hood. But what a change! No cloak of red, No silly hood upon her head. She said, “Hello, and do please note My lovely furry wolfskin coat.” - Roald Dahl
  148. 148. “Ocean Pollution”
  149. 149. Snap-enger Hunt with SnapChat
  150. 150. cinemagraphs (mood? process?)
  151. 151. cinemagraphs (mood? process?)
  152. 152. favourite apps
  153. 153. NOIR
  154. 154. Big Lens or Pixlromatic
  155. 155. pic/ play / post app Process Product Reflection
  156. 156. pic/ play / post app Process Product Reflection
  157. 157. Tayasui Sketches App
  158. 158. Photography and Cinemagrams! ! choose 1 from the G-doc
  159. 159. Visual Storytelling: How Art Made the World
  160. 160. Visual Storytelling: How Art Made the World
  161. 161. Visual Storytelling: How Art Made the World
  162. 162. Visual Storytelling: How Art Made the World
  163. 163. Visual Storytelling: How Art Made the World
  164. 164. Visual Storytelling: How Art Made the World
  165. 165. Video: Digital and Hybrid
  166. 166. Creative Speedsketching
  167. 167. Creative Speedsketching
  168. 168. serendipitous “doodle-ramblings” @Hombre_McSteez
  169. 169. #soundsketch
  170. 170. the power of the cut
  171. 171. the power of the cut
  172. 172. appsmashing
  173. 173. PAPER 53 APPLE KEYNOTE MAGIC MOVE
  174. 174. PAPER 53 APPLE KEYNOTE MAGIC MOVE
  175. 175. PAPER 53 REFLECTOR APP iMOVE
  176. 176. PAPER 53 REFLECTOR APP iMOVE
  177. 177. Video! ! choose 1 from the G-doc
  178. 178. Personal Branding
  179. 179. “visual presence”
  180. 180. avatars consistent recognizable high contrast / b&w is great close up head shot
  181. 181. colour palette and style research color meanings make your entire digital presence that palette understand complementary colors
  182. 182. logo design have you thought about it? MOO cards! are cool! (I have some for you!)
  183. 183. Personal Branding! ! choose 1 from the G-doc
  184. 184. IDEATE: 100 ideas in 10 minutes! share best to Padlet http://padlet.com/amyburvall/imagED
  185. 185. Social Media Activity: ! Emoji Story and/or try IconPop app and/or GOPOP app for visual conversation #imagED #BLC15
  186. 186. Reflection! ! choose 1 from the G-doc
  187. 187. www.amyburvall.com

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