Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ways of Seeing

It's important to understand that prior knowledge, either personal experiences or education have a lot to do with the way someone responds to signs and the way they read them. We all tend to make associations of things we see/read to things we already know. Seeing always comes before words. 
"It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled."   -Berger, John

If you have any spare time check out the book "Ways of Seeing" by John Berger it is very interesting.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Word Clouds

Generated from CV

I never imagined that there were sites that automatically generated images like the one above. I actually came across this site -Wordle that generates word clouds from text. In my opinion it takes away from the value of someone actually taking the time to figure out the best way they can approach this matter and creating it themselves. I guess it bothers me the fact that anyone can generate a word cloud like nothing. Then again its not like it actually over-passes one that was actually created from scratch. What do you think?