Cover image for Visual communication : understanding maps, charts, diagrams, and schematics
Title:
Visual communication : understanding maps, charts, diagrams, and schematics
Author:
Racine, Ned.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : LearningExpress, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
x, 225 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9781576853931
Format :
Book

Available:*

Library
Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Status
Central Library P93.5 .R33 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Searching...

On Order

Summary

Summary

The lessons in this book offer instruction on understanding and using documents and graphics while also teaching how to make these and other types of visual tools to communicate ideas, plans, and messages. In clear, focused chapters, Ned Racine discusses common types of visual communication and educates students and members of the workforce as they master visual literacy.


Author Notes

Ned Racine is a technical writer and consultant specializing in document design, graphic design, and presentation development


Table of Contents

1 Spatial/Visual Intelligencep. 1
Why visual communication mattersp. 1
Reaching those who are visual/spatial learnersp. 3
An old new toolp. 5
The most ancient communicationp. 8
Isn't this all automatic?p. 8
Advantages to communicating visuallyp. 10
Keeping visual communication on trackp. 12
Offering hope in the "too much information age"p. 13
2 Visual Communication in Everday Life and Businessp. 17
Signagep. 18
Controlsp. 19
Gaugesp. 20
Diagramsp. 22
Mapsp. 23
Tablesp. 25
Chartsp. 27
Pie chartsp. 29
Timelinesp. 30
3 Finding Your Way in the World: Compasses and Mapsp. 35
Compassp. 36
Magical mapsp. 37
Topographical mapsp. 38
Symbolsp. 46
Special mapsp. 47
Relief mapsp. 48
Map toolsp. 48
Place name designationsp. 50
Globesp. 50
4 Tracking Informationp. 61
Formsp. 62
Creating well-designed formsp. 64
Checksheetsp. 66
Logsp. 68
Tablesp. 70
Spreadsheetsp. 74
Meeting Microsoft Excelp. 75
5 Explaining Datap. 81
Keeping charts in perspectivep. 82
Before you chartp. 82
Titles matterp. 84
Pie charts revisitedp. 85
Donut chartsp. 86
Bar chartsp. 88
Column chartsp. 92
Pareto chartsp. 94
Line charts revisitedp. 95
Combining line charts with other chartsp. 96
Area chartsp. 97
Other common chartsp. 99
Flowchartsp. 100
Organization chartsp. 101
Ethics of chartingp. 102
6 Solving Problems and Tracking Projectsp. 109
Where are we?p. 109
Basic questionsp. 110
Pyramids chartsp. 110
Fishbone diagramsp. 111
Decision diagramsp. 114
Managing projects visuallyp. 118
Pert chartsp. 119
Gannt chartsp. 121
Project tracking softwarep. 124
Never ending challengep. 129
7 Technical Drawings: Blueprints, Whiteprints, and Drawingsp. 135
Wonders around usp. 135
Blueprints and whiteprintsp. 136
Parts of a blueprint/whiteprintp. 137
Drawing standardsp. 143
Measurement systems for drawingsp. 144
Drawing sizesp. 145
Drawing scalep. 145
Drafting elementsp. 146
The alphabet of linesp. 147
Drawing viewsp. 147
Architectural drawingsp. 148
Drawings of large areasp. 152
8 From Circuits to Theaters: Using Schematicsp. 159
Deciphering electronicsp. 159
Schematic Diagramsp. 160
Block diagramsp. 166
Wiring diagramsp. 168
Standardsp. 171
Nonelectrical uses of schematicsp. 171
9 Navigating the Computer Worldp. 177
The perplexing geniep. 177
A visual communication problemp. 178
Graphics to the rescuep. 179
Who is training whom?p. 179
Understanding structure and hierarchyp. 180
Personal data assistantsp. 187
Icons everywherep. 187
Ancient tools with new lifep. 188
The challenge of iconsp. 190
Combining icons with textp. 191
Graphs in everyday computer lifep. 192
Structure of a sample websitep. 194
10 Reaching Your Audiencep. 197
Overcome fearp. 197
Why give a presentationp. 199
What to say?p. 203
The power of the presenterp. 204
The power of the audiencep. 205
About Microsoft PowerPointp. 206
What kind of presentation do you need?p. 209
Why include transitions and animations?p. 210
All colors are not created equalp. 211
More detail doesn't equal betterp. 212
Conserving onscreen real estatep. 213
Placing contentp. 215
Staying within the linesp. 215
To hand out or not to hand outp. 216
Size mattersp. 217
The greatest factorp. 219
Appendix Online and Print Resourcesp. 223

Google Preview