At any given time I have between two and twelve ideas for projects
being devised on visual language research. More realistically,
I'm usually engaged in a few at a time. I have three primary areas of research:
- I have been actively developing theories on what types of knowledge our minds need to use to make sense of drawings and visual language.
- This work is supplemented by analyzing the properties of panels in a corpus of comics, in particular cross-cultural analysis.
- I am analyzing the actual comprehension of sequential images through psychology experiments examining both behavior (reaction times, eyetracking, etc.) and directly measuring the processing in the brain.
If you are
working on similarly related research, or would like to collaborate on work
of this nature, I encourage you to contact
me. These are among my primary current projects...
project in visual langauge research has always been exploring
how sequences of images create meaning in the
mind. I am primarily interested in developing a
model for how such competance is structured, the nature of its
comprehension, and how that system relates to other cognitive
domains like verbal discourse and narrative, event structure,
and even musical cognition.
example, does this sequence feel "good" or "bad"
to you? ...or both??
research on this topic:
Writings on Visual Language (book)
"(Pea)nuts and bolts of visual narrative" (click for pdf)
involves coding and analyzing the properties of various "comics"
from around the world to distinguish the diverse range of potential
structures found in graphic expression. For example, are
there universals across cultures' visual languages? Are there
significant differences? Are there consistent types of panels
used in visual languages? What are the conventional
signs and symbols used in differing cultures' comics, and
how can they be categorized? Etc...
A Different Kind of Cultural Frame (click for pdf)
projects have already benefited from generous donations of comics
from a variety of publishers, and I welcome
more contributions if your company would like to participate
(especially with international works!). Publishers will be thanked
in the acknowledgements of any paper that uses their resources,
and any data culled will be provided upon request. Publishers who
have aided this research include: Antarctic
Horse Comics, Drawn
& Quarterly, First
Second Books, IDW
Inc, and Viz Media.
Their support is greatly appreciated!