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Learning Visual Language: An essential life skill for the internet age


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My Elephant Egg (pecha kucha) presentation for Oct. 22, 2009. There is also a handout to accompany it. Version 3, final (with modifications to make it more universal for Slideshare).

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Learning Visual Language: An essential life skill for the internet age

  1. 1. Who am I, & what am I going to talk about? ?
  2. 2. Boeing example
  3. 3. Visual alphabet
  4. 4. A B C ABC
  5. 5. Lots of descriptive text Source: The species form a group of erect shrubs, and climbing or trailing plants, with stems that are often armed with sharp prickles. Most are native to Asia, with smaller numbers of species native to Europe, North America, and northwest Africa. Natives, cultivars and hybrids are all widely grown for their beauty and fragrance. The leaves are alternate and pinnately compound, with sharply toothed oval-shaped leaflets. The plant's fleshy edible fruit is called a rose hip. Rose plants range in size from puny, miniature roses, to climbers that can reach 20 metres in height. Species from different parts of the world easily hybridize, which has given rise to the many types of garden roses. The name rose comes from French, itself from Latin, rosa, which was borrowed from Oscan, from Greek It consists of the islands of Maui, Kahoolawe, L ā nai, Molokai (except for a portion of Molokai that comprises Kalawao County), and Molokini. As of the 2000 Census the population was 128,094 and the estimated population as of July 2006 was 141,320. The county seat is Wailuku. The Kahului–Wailuku Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Maui County. Maui County has a quasi-mayor-council form of municipal government. Unlike traditional municipal governments, the county government is established by the state legislature by statute and is not chartered. Executive authority is vested in the Mayor, elected by the voters on a non-partisan basis to a four-year term (with a limit of two consecutive full terms). 1 2
  6. 6. 2 images Source:
  7. 7. Yeah, but… Yeah, but
  8. 8. Dan Roam health care see-saw Source:
  9. 9. Jessica Hagy Indexed example Source:
  10. 10. Hugh MacLeod example Source:
  11. 11. Visual alphabet
  12. 12. Scribble
  13. 13. Drawing, #1: Shape families 1
  14. 14. Drawing, #2: Straight lines 2
  15. 15. Drawing, #3: More straight line shapes 3
  16. 16. Drawing, #4: Curved line shapes 4
  17. 17. Drawing, #5: Shapes & symbols 5
  18. 18. Drawing, #6: Elephant Egg map 6
  19. 19. Visual language ONE WAY ONE WAY Visual Language
  20. 20. Thank you Thank you!
  21. 21. Links & References <ul><li>Websites </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Dan Roam, The Back of the Napkin </li></ul><ul><li>Bob Horn, Visual Language </li></ul><ul><li>Milly Sonneman, Beyond Words </li></ul><ul><li>Mona Brookes, Drawing for Older Children and Teens </li></ul>