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Lesson 4: Traditional forms of visualization

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Course Content   ::  Lesson 4  ::   Assignment 4


Goldsmith, E. (1984). Chapter 1 and 3, Research into Illustration: An Approach and a Review . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Why an analytical model?
Why does Goldsmith propose an analytical model for the study of illustration and graphics? When might the use of this model prove important for us in data visualization?

The semiotic levels
What are the semiotic levels described by Goldsmith? Name an example of each kind of response from a graphic you provide...

Visual factors
What are the visual factors that Goldsmith describes to compare semiotic responses to illustrations and graphics? What seems clear and unclear about the examples he gives (if anything)? Take your example from the semiotic thread and discuss the visual factors within it.

Visualization goals
Consider the Minard diagram that Tufte likes so much. Do you believe that the diagram reaches a "pragmatic" level using Goldsmith's criteria to check for understanding and meaning? How so, and if not, where does it fall short?

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