B0690 - Writing as a Visual Art by Graziella Tonfoni (abridged by James Richardson)
Is writing primarily a functional medium of communication? Is it possible to access a fuller potential for it to contribute to the quality of our everyday lives?
Writing as a Visual Art offers a revolutionary approach to writing by exploring a visual and multidimensional experience that is fun and common to people's experience. Clearly written and liberally illustrated chapters show writing text as being akin to creating a drawing or painting, or designing a structure.
The result of discoveries made during ten years of research in the fields of linguistics, cognitive science and artificial intelligence, the author's findings have been successfully applied in education programmes in Italy and the rest of Europe, as well as in workshops in the United States.
Following the highly successful hardback edition, Writing as a Visual Art is for readers at all levels. The book offers a new way to think about the process of writing, and the visual tools for creating text, while giving encouragement for writing to be seen as a natural, enjoyable and effective way of communicating.
Graziella Tonfoni is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bologna, Italy. She has been a visiting scholar at MIT, Harvard University, and has presented her methodology in many Universities and research centres in the USA. She has previously published many books in both Italian and English.
James E. Riehardson is a freelance writer and consultant who lives and works in the Los Angeles area. Marvin Minsky has achieved international fame as one of the founders of Artificial Intelligence and is Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
What others have said about this book…
“The author's emphasis ... is a growth area for serious research as new technologies are adopted in education.” (British Journal of Educational Technology)
“Graziella Tonfoni comes across with interesting ideas (that) will certainly give you something to think about.” (Writing Magazine)
“An interesting new application of icons... The chapters challenge the reader to think more abstractly about writing.” (International Graphonomics Society)
1st Paperback edition 2000, Pb, 189pp, liberally illustrated throughout, 17.4 x 22.4 cm