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Interpreting the visual image: An analysis of design students' analogical interpretations of a textual message
Prism (2007)
  • Mike McAuley
Abstract

This article forms part of an ongoing education inquiry into design learning. The main study looks at novice student approaches to expository text comprehension and interpretation through analogy. The particular focus of this article is a discussion of my analysis and interpretation of design work carried out during a 4-week studio project. My dual role as educator and researcher has encouraged me to move beyond intuition and design expertise (sufficient skills for the educator to determine levels of attainment in class) towards developing robust methods for the analysis of images. It should be noted that in the context of this project, analysis of images is only a means to an end. The underlying purpose is to analyse and better understand the process by which an expository passage can be illustrated through an analogical approach. The end result in the studio is an illustration that creates a visual image from a conceptual analogy.

Keywords
  • semiotic analysis,
  • text interpretation,
  • analogy,
  • illustration
Publication Date
Winter July 2, 2007
Citation Information
Mike McAuley. "Interpreting the visual image: An analysis of design students' analogical interpretations of a textual message" Prism Vol. 4 Iss. 3 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/mike_mcauley/3/