Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Visualization Methods

Visualization is often associated with science, computer science, data, and mathematics rather than art and design. It is deemed as too "scientific" for some art and design teachers.

Called by a variety of names - visualization, visual science, visual literacy, visual communication, etc. - the use of charts, maps, diagrams, graphs, etc. to learn, process, understand and communicate complex information should be seen as a basic part of any K-12 art and design education program. Art and Design teachers should consider their domain to be the entirety of the visual world (fine art, design, visual culture, and visual communication) wherever visuals appear - as a torus in mathematics, a map in social studies, an illustration in literature, or a scientific diagram.

Edward Tufte is one of the gurus of visual explanations and there are many companies, websites, and books that provide visualization products and training for businesses. Visualization is big business. There is no shortage of information about visual information. It is one area that can be, and is, used across disciplines by people around the world.

Click on the heading above to see an interactive version of the Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. Scroll across the page to see examples of each type of visualization. The "elements" are grouped into visualization of data, information, concepts, strategies, metaphors, and any combinations of them.

No comments: