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Introduction to visual literacy
Why Visual Language
Learning about Visual Language
Some Tools that may Help
Flowgram on infographics
How it Works
Given that readers will not persist with content unless it is perceived to be of benefit for them
the design layout and textual elements of any publication are of great importance when writing for others.
Writing is an opportunity to be precise in meaning but the writer will ignore visual elements to their peril.
Tips for teacher
Read and view with students a large number of text formats and layouts.
Discuss and reflect on these elements as much as possible.
This vocab is as important as the understanding of formal language features.
Challenge students with a number of formats:
Learn some basics of publication Design
Use white space for effect
Keep column widths to <80 characters if possible
Emphasize by use of callouts and bold text
Keep design consistent and use limited number of fonts
Offer challenges to use fewer words but more consisely
Badge,postcard,logo,recipecard, trading card, a5, a3 a1, callout, comic, etc
Work online as it provides new and diff
Ask students to represent each others work ie redesign visual elements only with same context.
Links to visual Text sites
Visual text analysis
Resource from NZCER
help on how to format text
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