Since 1999, I've been researching "visual
language" both within and outside of academia. I believe that
scholarship should be open to everyone, so I've tried to make as much
as possible available through this website. Hopefully, this site can
serve as a portal for those curious about these issues. Please email
me regarding any concerns you might have. I always enjoy feedback.
Where to start...
the uninitated - Suggested readings and
videos for those looking for the easiest foothold into visual language
papers - Academic papers on a variety of
topics related to visual language, ranging from visual grammar
and lexicon to text-image interactions
and an analysis of the relation between writing systems and
blog posts - A selection of writings from my ongoing Visual
Linguist blog. I'm always up for talking about things
people find curious, so if you have a thought or topic you'd like
me to hit, by all means, email
Theory 101 - Short essays exploring the relation between
comics and linguistics, hosted by
Language Manifesto - Writings applying the implications visual
language theory to the comic industry,
hosted by Comixpedia.
Projects - Curious about what I'm currently working on?
Here are some of the topics on my radar.
and Iconic Languages Conference - A full hour long video of my
keynote talk covering visual language theory and details of visual
Conference '08 Podcast - A slideshow rich podcast discussing visual
language and its role in culture
Functions of Panels - A slideshow rich podcast discussing the
various structural roles that panels play in visual language, including
focusing attention, page layouts, visual "storytelling,"
and text-image interactions (highly recommended)
Language: Linear vs. Non-Linear - A slideshow rich podcast debate
on what exactly constitutes a "visual grammar." I argue
that only sequential images use a grammar, in contrast to
single images like graphs, diagrams, maps, etc.
Bibliography - A listing of references for
all works related to visual language theory. Also suborganized by
topic, and with listing of reviewed articles.
- A glossary of terms related to visual
signs - An ongoing compilation listing conventional
signs used in the visual languages used in "comics"
around the world.
Map of Graphic Signs - A "cognitive map" developed to
explain the relationship of graphic signs and writing systems.
Writings on Visual Language
This is the book
for people interested in theory on how the 'comic medium' communicates.
It covers topics such as the muddled definition of "comics"
and its relation to visual language, how sequences of images communicate,
and child visual language learning, plus a lot
more... All copies are signed!
120 pages / $10