I also value the visual in my own work and life. One of my personal interests is photography, I have taken part in photo of the day projects, and like to look at images on Instagram and Flickr to get ideas - and to see things from a different perspective. I also enjoy taking my photos (or perhaps ones under a CC license) and create slides/posters - some are in my flickr stream. I share images on Instagram, Flickr, and Google photos. (Google photos is for my other interest - flight. Also see the Photo Project tab on this blog)
The power of visual writing was evident this past week. A colleague and I were working on revisions for a book chapter, one of the editor's comments was to include a visual timeline. We went to the chalkboard (yes, in the ed building we still have chalkboards in some rooms - and chalk actually helped us because the ease of shading ... but I digress) and began to sketch one out. As we did this and reflected on the work we were trying to illustrate, we had several insights into the research as our diagram became more complicated. To make this short - we now have a deeper understanding of the work we are doing - and an idea for a subsequent journal article. By sketching out various phases in the process, shading to illustrate certain ideas, seeing relationships that we did not think about before - these insights came clear and we had a great discussion.
Visual writing, by means of mind maps, were also important in my dissertation work. I found them invaluable to organize codes and themes in my data. They helped me see more data at a glance, see relationships, and generally make sense of the data. I started these by hand on large paper, then transferred them to MindMeister for ease of manipulation - and inclusion in the dissertation.
|One of my posters (https://www.flickr.com/photos/nantaism/20822157790/)|