Monday, June 05, 2006

Reflection (1) - Creativity and Visuals

Besides the fact that I'm not very technical literate with using software for designing, I do find this course to be fun.

The whole purpose of setting up a blog is that we, as classmates, can learn from each other. I was very impressed with Kelvin Leung's self-introduction powerpoint. Not only is it very easy to understand the information he is trying to tell us, but the actual design itself is very simple - one that is within my capability of designing.

Daniel has already emphasised that this course is not all about technical skills but rather more about creativity. From the case of Kelvin's design, I couldn't agree more with Daniel. In time, I believe my technical knowledge in design will be acquired in the lessons. However, how can I learn creativity? Is creativity something that can be learned at all?

In the last lesson, Daniel had shown that, "Reading and writing became curriculum requirements, but visual literacy wasn’t considered a necessary component of individual’s education," (Lester, 2000). Under this principle, we are only used to communicate our ideas using language and not pictures. But interestingly, the origins of the traditional Chinese character began as simple shapes which looked similar to the actual objects (i.e. hieroglyphic):

These are nouns. But as human communication became more complex, so did the traditional Chinese character development which its repertoire has expanded to include adjectives, verbs, adverbs, etc.

Although Tufte said, "Visuals can communicate complex ideas," it is often easier said than done because we were not trained to use visuals to communicate our thoughts as we are with using language. But nevertheless, from a purely personal point of view, as technology is becoming more widespread to our daily lives, visual representation will dominate the way of how we will receive, remember and retrieve information.

For this lesson's task, I managed to encapsulate about 99% of the textual information but used 10 pictures! The next challenges for me are to represent all that information in 1 picture and to display it using design software. I hope it'll be at viewable standard by the next lesson.

1 Comments:

At Mon Jun 05, 02:28:00 PM 2006, Blogger Daniel said...

Alan, Great refleciton. I like to elevate your point ""Visuals can communicate complex ideas," it is often easier said than done because we were not trained to use visuals to communicate our thoughts as we are with using language." Key aim MITE6323 module, I hope, is to enable students to think deeply and in new way about infomrationa and knowledge. Desing of visuals is difficult becuaseit workd at intersection of creativity, innovation, knowlegde and art (and at the same time challenges our old ways of thinking).

 

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