05 March 2013

Questions_Form of Data


1) The SARS diagrams present data gather data from a variety of Sources. Explain why it is so important to use a general syntax? (pg.78)

2) How do we evaluate the credibility of a n analytic graphic? On what grounds should we “buy” the argument? (pg. 79)

3) How can Mixed modal techniques help lessen the cognitive load? (pg. 83)

4) A variety of centaurs have been represented in celestial charts. Why does this one warrant inclusion in this book? (pg. 85)

5) The Hypnerotomachia ”is an aesthetic exemplar of printing, layout and typography…” aside from the style, What makes it a good example of multimodal techniques? (pg. 88-90)

6)  On pg. 92 Tufte compares Hitchcock’s story boards to the Hypnerotomachia. Why can this comparison be drawn?

7) How does the legal document on page 95 rely on the same strategies as the Hypnerotomachia to deepen the narrative.

8) In Sidereus Nuncius, how did Galileo’s original water color handle the big moon in comparison to his engraving. Which was more successful, why? (pg. 99)

9) On page 99.  Is there a disconnect between the images presented in the Sidereus Nuncius and the words? If so what is it?

10) “Before 1610 astronomy had largely been verbal gymnastics, speculation, philosophizing and disputation. How did the telescope change  that? (pg. 101)

1 comment:

Justin Woods said...

1. In order to represent data in a complete and unbiased manner, many soruces will be incorporated within the diagram.
2. One way is to create an alernative gaphic, focusing on the credibility of the original. In order to “buy” the argument all possible sources need to be exhausted, and these sources analyzed.
3. By combinbing mixed modes of information, creativity and recalled information may be fosterd within the readers own mind.
4. Being a manuscript the had has integrated words with images. A great example of the universality of images.
5. Being a wood-cut print, and having an English translation availiable.
6. By providing concise visual imagery, versus what would be a lengthy paragraph of explanation through words alone.
7. Through the inclusion of pictures, a reader is able to extract a more personal narrative to the story.
8. The water color of Galileo, provides a light/shadow study of a crater called out seperately from the image of the moon. In his engraving the crater has been enlarged as to achieve the same light/shadow study. I believe the water color to be more successful, due to the level of accuracy, and by moving ones eye, thus diverting and then focusing our attention.
9. I feel the images do not describe or depict brightspots, and that is the disconnect in mention.
10. By providing “visible, decisive testimony”, as said by Tufte.