Visualizations are being used because, for some people, it’s easier to grasp information and/or concepts (see Jordan’s post on visual learners). And let’s face it, sometimes they’re prettier to look at than words. haha Anyway, for all of us who have ADD/ADHD and can’t read forever, they break up the monotony. They can be powerful and really convey a point well, but, I’m with Tufte – I’ve always had beef with powerpoint presentations and people who don’t know how to use them. But, that’s not a fault of the program itself; the blame lies on the user.
Visualizations in my project? Yep. Katrina and I are doing Bach’s music – and anyone who’s seen tutorials on YouTube of people playing instruments will have a slight idea of what I’m talking about. We’re going to use videos of performance and playing because, well sometimes, you can read a piece of music and all but, if you don’t know how to, you can learn ‘how to play’ music by watching someone else and just ‘mimicking’ what they do. very simple. very direct. very possible with visualizations :)