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Ellen Lupton: Visual literacy requires active production

December 13, 2009

In this short video, design curator, practitioner and educator, Ellen Lupton, explains that visual literacy is no longer about decoding images (reading), it requires that we engage in the act of creating and producing in a variety of media (writing). See Lupton’s online companion to the book, Thinking with Type, and her new website. Design is about knowing through doing, as well as through reflecting on the process and resulting outcomes. If this makes sense for visual literacy, what about other kinds of literacy? What might this mean for other disciplines and for education in general?

Also see Martin Waller’s Multiliteracies Paper (under “Downloads”) – Presented at 45th UKLA Conference ‘Building literate communities’ at University of Greenwich, July 2009.

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