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Posted 13 September 2019 - 09:30 AM

How much of the visual world influences your decisions?

People make visual choices every day that determine how we experience ourselves and each other. Our world is built upon our visual experiences in everything we see. Our visual context is already framed by others in everything we experience in this world. People function and communicate with each other through visual messaging. Describing them with only words is just part of the picture. Every time we watch TV, drive down a road, or any task, visual messaging is showing us the way. Framing the context for each of us to navigate the world in which we live.

Our brains executive functions can get flooded with information designed on purpose to influence our decision making process. Marketing uses many visual techniques and cue's to influence our habits everyday.

Visual manipulation is a common human endeavor. From the way a garden would look, or the lines in a road to designate direction, or the shapes of the signs. These all have meaning and physical presence that arranges our lives accordingly. Visual manipulation can also be used for influencing thought patterns and making things seem real. Digital editing would be a good example of this type of manipulation.

All we see has form and function that reflects culture, history, space, and time. Along with styles, perspectives, shapes, and their incorporated signals.  

We must slow down to encounter our visual world to learn how to perceive the wider world around us. We all try to induct meaning into the things we see around us instead of just observing for a moment or two.

Slow observation and description gives one a chance to see more clearly. Slow observation helps to build up our visual muscle memory. What shapes, textures and colors are there around you? How do they influence you? What meanings can you induce from them?

Using words helps to communicate what we see is a common way to interact with one another. But, there are always more ways to communicate ourselves than meets the eye.




To be continued...


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 10:01 AM

How about drawing what we see?

Try this...

Have someone put a an object in a paper bag. Put your hand in the bag and feel the object but don't look at it. Then try to draw what you're sensing with pencil and paper. Doing this teaches us to observe and feel with our other senses. Some people can understand the basic shape, width, height, texture, etc. Some show more than one side of the object.

Next, take the object and stare at it and draw it on the page without looking at the paper. Let your hand do the drawing blind.

These are nifty little tricks to try to turn other sensations into visual cognition.

The inner eye isn't so blind after all...


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 10:06 AM

Visuals and manipulation. Reminds me of an earlier thread...


Ever wonder why artists portraits are more realistic after the 1400s?

Realism and the photographic look became prevalent after that time period.


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Posted 13 September 2019 - 10:15 AM

In this thread we're going to see about developing visual literacy and the skills necessary to improve them. Using multi-sensory engagement is a good way to start.

Take some time in the day to meditate and spend it by looking at what you see. Instead of naming the objects, look at their shape and name those. What shape is the TV screen, or the shape of your coffee cup? Are you sure it's a circle or is it an oval because of the angle? Trust your eyes and try to separate the visual from your conclusions about the object.

Try the same trick using colors. Try not to let your brain steer the engine here. That plant may not just be green, what if it's really yellow because the sunlight is lighting it from behind.

And last, try looking around and naming the textures. Wood, metal, plastic, mesh, soft, slick, hard, sharp. Don't touch them; just notice them by sight alone.

Visual literacy involves many aspects to our being. Cover your eyes and you still can see. But only if you slow down, observe, and practice ways to improve your visual mindfulness with full body and soul.



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Posted 13 September 2019 - 10:49 AM

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Posted 15 September 2019 - 11:35 AM

Visual literacy is common to language literacy. The ability to use images to construct meaning in human visual perception has always been used to convey information to each other.

If you see a striking image on the screen or in a marketing ad it may stop you enough to take a second look to read an article.

If you see cars start to crowd up in traffic ahead, more often than not you'll try to avoid the jam.

Sending pictures on your smartphone conveys non verbal communication. In this age of social networking, people are finding that words are never enough. We all do this on a basic level. The trick is becoming more aware of the visual layers presented.

Visual Fluency involves description and recognition. Can you describe an object to someone and have them recognize it in a drawing?

Visual literacy involves drawing conclusions, making connections, and accurately seeing what is before you either while viewing or making something.

Today's world has made images and objects more for consumers. High impact imagery has a tendency to overwhelm our senses. Most people associate the world in an accurate representation of what they see. Abstract vision requires focusing on an aspect within the details. Such as the motion, direction, color, and texture of an object. Switching up the perspective is also a technique used in abstract vision. Symbolism offers a way to represent an object or image in it's simplest form or signify something related to it.


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 11:47 AM

The processes of visual literacy:

Understanding how we see - Transforming what we see using description in depth, balance, perspective, and perception, to convey what we see to others for common understanding and communication. Our bodies see things along with our eyes. People understand seeing things on a vertical and horizonal context as we relate our bodies to the environment around us. We use our own centers of orientation to describe direction, height, distance, etc from the ground up. Measurements are standard in nature and relation to our bodies and the space around us. As in making a visual map of your room using your body movements and parts. How many feet? :chuckle:


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Posted 15 September 2019 - 11:57 AM

Visual syntax - includes rules on perception but they are not absolute rules as in language grammar. It is the structure behind the object being looked at. Think of visual syntax as a recipe for making your favorite meal. What are the ingredients, how much of each, when to add them, how long to cook, etc. Where do the lines, texture, shape, and color fit in the design? Basic rules of logic in visual syntax are always on a perceptive level.

Understanding the function of an object or image. Positive/negative seeing..

Is this a dot, hole or a form?


A figure/ground strategy is employed here. This creates visual stress. Where is the figure as opposed to the ground? Change the background with something more complex and the dot can be muted. Turn the dot into an apple and the background becomes secondary. This manipulates the syntax of the visual in striking ways. Changing the overall meaning with just a few changes in syntax.

Function and context are what's important here. Context is where a visual piece is intended to be experienced. People identity what we see and know from our lives. Visual literacy offers a keener way to represent our communication skills. Abstraction gives us a way to perceive and convey the kinesthectic quality of an experience and we can also encode specific meanings into a visual message through symbolism.



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Posted 15 September 2019 - 12:02 PM





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Posted 15 September 2019 - 12:04 PM

Mimesis (/mɪˈmiːsɪs, mə-, maɪ-, -əs/;[1] Ancient Greek: μίμησις mīmēsis, from μιμεῖσθαι mīmeisthai, "to imitate", from μῖμος mimos, "imitator, actor") is a term used in literary criticism and philosophy that carries a wide range of meanings which include imitatio, imitation, nonsensuous similarity, receptivity, representation, mimicry, the act of expression, the act of resembling, and the presentation of the self.[2]

In ancient Greece, mimesis was an idea that governed the creation of works of art, in particular, with correspondence to the physical world understood as a model for beauty, truth, and the good. Plato contrasted mimesis, or imitation, with diegesis, or narrative. After Plato, the meaning of mimesis eventually shifted toward a specifically literary function in ancient Greek society, and its use has changed and been reinterpreted many times since.


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