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On the Drawing Board:
The Visual Communication Project

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For a while now, I’ve been working on my not-so-secret project: a big nonfiction comic about visual communication across disciplines.

This blog will continue to be pretty quiet while I toil away at the book, but bits and pieces have been showing up in my visual lecture as well. If you manage to catch me on the road anytime in the next year or two, you’re bound to see evidence of this particular obsession.

Visual communication and education have been a long-standing fascination of mine. Nonfiction comics artists, data journalists, educational animators, visual facilitators, signage & wayfinding experts, visual presenters, even those who study facial expressions and body language; they’re all engaged in the struggle to better understand how we learn through seeing. But they’re too often knocking on the same door; trying to reinvent the wheel; unknowingly stumbling upon the same principles as their distant colleagues.

I’m hoping that I can articulate some of those common principles and help stitch together those disparate fields in a useful way. I don’t have a title yet, but I often describe it as “an Elements of Style for visual communication.” [Update: possibly a mistake, according to Neil Cohn who directed my attention to this.]

I’m hoping it won’t run quite as long as the last book. Right now, I’m doing research enough for a very long book, but I’m hoping to apply it toward writing a short one. We’ll see!

Anyway, don’t expect a lot of blog updates for a while. Follow me on Twitter for more frequent chatter on various topics (including politics—sorry!), but when the book is finally ready, I’ll certainly post about it in both places.


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  1. mike says:

    ALWAYS glad to see a blog post update. Maybe it’s just because I still keep one. Also hope, somehow, that you might meander towards the midwest at some point. Otherwise, I’ll just have to come visit my sister again. :”D Best to you and Ivy!
    -mike, formerly

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  3. Sage Waters says:

    Very much looking forward to it. First volume in 2019?

  4. Kris says:

    Politics eh? To bad you don’t have time to do a sequel of Bucket Full O’ Kittens. I wonder what this administration’s bucket would be full of…

  5. Nick Mullins says:

    Wow. Coincidentally, I’ve recently gotten into theory about visual communication and have been trying to find stuff to read. I really look forward to hearing what you come up with.

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