13 October 2010

Week 7_Questions

Visual Explanations: Parallelism: Repetition and Change, Comparison and Surprise

  1. In the Edward Gibbon excerpt, what are the layers of parallelism used?
  2. How is Gibbon’s message portrayed? Is the tone of the piece clear?
  3. In the Notation of Movement on page 82, are Margaret Morris’ symbols effective or is the juxtaposition of photo and title page the only reason any comprehension occurs? Is this an effective method of symbolic representation?
  4. Are parallelism-in-space relationships more effective than parallelism-in-time? Does it depend on the subject of comparison?
  5. How do the messages differ between space and time parallelism?
  6. Referring to the Peter Apian diagrams on page 86; What advantages and disadvantages does graphic simplification hold for investigation of phenomena?
  7. When you add many layers of data analysis do you lose the experiential quality of the subject you’re analyzing?

Beautiful Evidence: Sparklines

  1. Should sparklines support the text or should the text support the sparkline?
  2. Can sparklines stand on their own without text?
  3. What are the positive and negative effects in technology of producing data graphics?
  4. What is the best way to analyze graphics representing data for their validity? Is there any way to reduce bias in data representation?
  5. Is the usefulness lost with the density of data in a diagram such as the DNA graphic on the bottom of page 52?

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