Visualisation is a powerful and effective way to create understanding of an invisible concept. People are better able to make sense of, interpret and understand concepts when looked at visually rather than descriptively through language and words. Here is a video I found that is a visualisation of childbirth. Click on the link.
This week’s first article titled Climate Change Deniers VS The Consensustackles the ever complex issue of climate change by outlining various arguments from the ‘deniers’ and ‘believers’ of climate change, and is an example of using visualisation in scientific research and reporting to emphasise an argument. It enables one to process sometimes complex concepts and a visual image assists understanding. It presents a lot of scientific data in the form of graphs, which can be overwhelming for the viewer. I think a visualisation is more effective on its own, addressing a singular concept.
The second article for this week was ‘Struggling polar bears put on endangered list’ from Metro.com.uk in 2008. It showed an image of a polar bear clinging on top of a small block of ice in the Antarctic. Obviously this isn’t the case all over Antarctica, but the author of the article has found an image that is an accurate visualisation of the story.
What we can learn from both articles, but the second more so, is that in publishing visualisation is a crucial and very effective way of conveying concepts and stories clearly by providing a supporting image for the viewer to gain a deeper understanding from.