What is language?

Before we ask what visual language is, it makes sense to ask what language is. Here’s an attempt to visualize some current thinking on language. The image below summarizes my synthesis of some ideas from a book called Using Language…

How to draw a stick figure

Cliff Atkinson asked if I would show how to draw a stick figure, so I decided to let you in on a little trade secret: All stick figures are not created equal. Today I’m going to teach you to draw…

What’s next in visual communication?

This article was originally published in Infonomia, a Spanish magazine. Read it in Spanish here. Two million years ago, the first distinct and recognizably human cultures emerged. These early humans – known as Homo Erectus, or upright man – made…

The rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a principle of composition that helps you keep your images dynamic. It gives you eight elements to work with — four lines and four intersections. Placing points of interest along the lines or at the…