Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Edward Tufte Kills a Kitten

This was created by Mark Goetz regarding last year's featured author.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lab with Only Visual Instructions

Just before a recent class, I hastily decided to try a different sort of lab with some students. I gave them each a long wooden stick, a paper ruler, two paper clips, and the following "instructions." (Thanks, xkcd!) No written or verbal instructions were given yet they all figured out exactly what to do. Can you?

Lab "Instructions" - Side A

Lab "Instructions" - Side B

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Time to Replace "Powers of Ten"?

I typically show Charles and Ray Eames' "Powers of Ten" video in my Introduction to Astronomy class each semester. The cheesy music is nice, but I find the visuals of this original (done before the age of computer animations) have held up pretty well against the more modern competitors. Until now. The American Museum of Natural History has a new video that is shorter and more accurate.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Top Five Visuals for 2009

Janna Anderson posted a link to these Top Five Visuals of 2009 on FB. I've added "learn to use Protovis" to my to-do list!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

It Could Be Worse

I thought I would share some images of classrooms Elon pays for that are, well, less ideal for visual teaching than others. And in my experience so far, the clear winner (sic) is our classroom in London. Maybe we can do something?

Monday, September 28, 2009

New Year -- New Stuff

Viz Cult had its first meeting of the Fall semester Thursday, September 24th. We spent most of our time introducing ourselves and talking about our wish list for the year but we ended our meeting with a discussion of what this group might offer Elon's review of the General Studies Program. We made no final decisions, of course, as one might expect from any good Viz Cult meeting (we hate to limit ourselves!). In attendance were some very cool people, Phillip Motley, Randy Piland, Ken Calhoun, Tony Crider, Evan Gatti, Ken Hassell, Shriya Sridharan, Brian Crawford, David Neville, Ben McFadyen, Rissa Trachman and Safia Swimelar. Whew. There was a lot of good energy at the table and many, many different perspectives on visual culture (and yeah, we had excellent snacks, thanks for asking).

We did talk about the possibility of leading a "double life" this year. We hope to host a series of colloquia open to the whole university, foregrounding work our faculty are doing in visual culture, studies, pedagogies, etc. I will float some ideas soon so keep your eyes open for them! In addition, those of us who might want to work on what visual studies could or should look like at Elon will act like a "real" committee, and do "real" committee work, in other words we just might generate a white paper. A rockin' multi modal interactive sensory stimulating white paper...

That's where it's at. Join us when you can. Send ideas when you can't.