ABC of Visual Thinking

21.11.2013

Written By: Tina Remiz

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We already discussed that visualising concepts and ideas helps our brains to memorise larger amounts of information and store it in a ‘format’ that can be easily accessed and put into use later on. Frankly, we are more likely to remember the letter “U”, if there is a picture of an umbrella bird next to it (that is if you ever heard of umbrella bird before because we haven’t):

UmbrellaBird

This technique is widely used in education, pairing new words and concepts with their visual representations to make learning process faster and more effective. One of the best known examples familiar to most people since childhood is an ABC book. The concept of visual alphabets are known across cultures, helping kids from across the globe to learn the alphabet, be it Latin, Cyrillic’s, Hieroglyphs or any other symbols used in written communication:

Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book
Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book
Bukvar Zhukova
Bukvar Zhukova
Japanese Hiragana Alphabet for Children poster
Japanese Hiragana Alphabet for Children poster

However, the format becomes more and more popular among all age groups (and we don’t mean just the strictly adults-only content of this alphabets). Many artists use it as a backbone for their projects, creating playful visual interpretations of the traditional ABC format. There are many great examples to name, so below are just a few of our favourites:

The Granny Alphabet by Tim Walker and Kit Hesketh-Harvey:

TimWalkers-1

TimWalkers-A1

TimWalkers-E

TimWalkers-M

TimWalkers-P

TimWalkers-Y

Alphabet Book by Tierney Gearon:

Bear Boy
Bear Boy
Grumpy Girls
Grumpy Girls

 

Instant Incognito
Instant Incognito
Naughty Nurse
Naughty Nurse

Do you know of any other projects that use alphabet in a creative way?

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