Friday Visualization #3

Today’s Friday visualization is a bit foundational in nature.  It provides answers to two questions: what is a visualization?, and; why use them?  Hopefully the info below will illuminate.  Make sure to click on the first link and read the comments on that blog post… some nice insight there.

What is a visualization (also commonly called infographics)? (from http://communicationnation.blogspot.com/2007/04/what-is-infographic.html)


1. It's a visual explanation that helps you more easily understand, find or do something.
2. It's visual, and when necessary, integrates words and pictures in a fluid, dynamic way.
3. It stands alone and is completely self-explanatory.
4. It reveals information that was formerly hidden or submerged.
5. It makes possible faster, more consistent understanding.
6. It's universally understandable.

Why use them? (from http://www.cdl.org/resource-library/articles/HOT.php?type=recent&id=Yes)


Not all thinking is done in words. Sometimes a person may form visual images or pictures in her mind that are equally as meaningful as, or more meaningful than, words. When many of us are asked to give directions to a person, we are able to see a map or visual in our minds that helps us to give these directions. When you read a really good novel, do you visualize what the setting and the characters look like? Are you running your own movie camera? When you are asked the difference between a square and a trapezoid, do you see in your mind what each of these figures looks like? If you can do these things, then you have the ability to use visual imagery. Visualization is especially helpful to students in subjects such as literature, geography, biology, and math.

Since today’s Friday Visualization is full of erudition, the picture is meant to be lighthearted and balance it out a bit… however, the picture shows that you really can create a visual representation for just about anything… you just need to ensure you add a healthy dose of creativity… and it is really quite simplistically brilliant.