Scott McCloud TED Talk – An Education in Visual Communication

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by: Karl Long

It was about 10 years ago that a very well respected friend of mine suggested I read a book called Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, his description intrigued me. He called it “One of the best academic books on visual communication and the psychology of visual perception… oh and it’s in the form of a comic”. I’ve read the book several times and it has influenced my thinking in several important areas, namely visual branding, narrative, visual design and interaction design; it is an extraordinary book.

Anyway, because of my love of the book I was excited to see Scott was talking at the TED conference. One of the best bullet points i’ve seen in a while was this:

  • Learn from everybody
  • Follow No One
  • Watch for patterns
  • Work like hell

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