Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Information designer Tom Wujec gives a brief talk about three areas of the brain that help us understand words, images, feelings, connections. I'm interested in the "lo-tech visual strategic plan" vs. "the emerging digital technology visual strategic plan." I think there there must be some kind of difference in logic formation between writing and mark-making using basic tools as opposed to using technology to record and "visually think out" things. Does anyone reading this know if the brain uses different pathways for writing and drawing with hand tools vs. typing for a screen and creating digital imagery? What role do learning styles play in this? I feel like the use of unseen and unknowable tools must impact the way we work out ideas and shift how we think. Like my inability to know the workings of the computer that I'm typing on this minute... how would my brain be firing up if I had a direct physical connection to the marks I'm making right now, via pen or typewriter? One thing is for sure, my vocabulary would be reduced to about 50 words due to my inability to spell.
Seriously, I really need to know about this.
In addition, this short talk implies that brain makes meaning through vision alone, which is completely wrong. It could have been edited in a truncated way that dropped out something about vision as one way to create meaning, so I'm not hating that much. But I am really fascinated by our idea that "seeing is believing" is still propping up "seeing is consciousness."
Posted by ZS at 10:19 AM