Why are visual images needed as mental hooks?
Yesterday, I discovered a great website resource from BizGraphics On Demand which is a great collection of professionally designed graphics that will help enhance the visual appearance of presentations. See yesterday’s post for more details about BizGraphicsOnDemand.
What’s the purpose of a visual diagram?
I used one of their graphics to turn a list into a visual diagram which served the intended purpose. The initial purpose was to make a boring list look more interesting because I am going to have to refer to that list of units for best part of a year so I’d rather look at something visually appealing than something boring. I also needed to work out which order I will study the units following certain rules. As you will see from the visual diagram, I have inserted two milestones (AWARD and CERTIFICATE) which are qualifications in their own right that I will be eligible for by obtaining Units 7001 and 7004 respectively. As I read about each of the Units I made choices about the order of study and dragged and dropped the text from place to place until I had everything in an order that suited me.
So, as I say, this original visual diagram served yesterday’s original purpose of turning a linear list into a visual map of study:-
However, when I looked at it again this morning, I started to contemplate the many books which I will need to read so I have started to research books and websites and have begun the process of inserting pictures of those books/websites as “mental hooks” as reminders of what I need to do. For example, I own some of the books but others need to be ordered. No point buying them all up front so I will use the “mental hooks” as reminders to order the books as and when I need them.
The purpose of the visual has changed
When I first downloaded the graphic from BizGraphicsOnDemand it had contained icons to remind me that visual images help the brain to “see” key stages.