Visual Literacy: Learning Through Comics

I have recently started to read the Presentation Zen blog written by Garr Reynolds.  The post on September 13 was titled: Learning from the art of comics. 

Even before reading any of the text I thought: What can a simplistic comic book teach anyone about design and content of presentations (aka PowerPoint presentations)?  This showed my bias towards the value of comics but the truth of the matter is actually 180 degrees in the opposite direction. 

In conjunction with the 10/20/30 rule of PowerPoint from Guy Kawasaki’s blog, this article is definitely an eye opener and will challenge any preconceived notions you may have had about learning anything of value from comics. 

Reynolds references the book written by Scott McCloud titled: Understanding Comics: The invisible Art which is reviewed on amazon.com.  Reynolds states: “Believe it or not, many of the principles and ideas discussed in this wonderful and highly visual book parallel the art of presentation. Now, comics are not the same as a presentation enhanced by slideware, but if you read McCloud’s book with an eye toward presentations or any other form of storytelling and graphic design, you will find many fundamental concepts and techniques that will surely help you think differently about the power of visual communication and the art of combining words and images. This book is not just for fans of comics — not by a long shot.” 

It’s always refreshing and invigorating to learn something of value from what could initially be considered a highly unlikely source.  The humble comic has been redeemed! 

Visit Scott McCloud’s web site here and read more about Scott on Wikipedia.

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