Contrary to popular proverb, a few words are often worth thousands of pictures --- for certain purposes. Words explain specific sequential actions ("To prevent overpressure close valve A before opening valves B and C"). Pictures show simultaneous relationships among objects in space (e.g., blueprints, schematics, exploded diagrams). Words provide critical quantitative warnings ("Do not use above 37 degrees Celsius or at altitudes below 3000 meters"). Pictures give language-independent general information (e.g., traffic-sign icons). Words convey sound, rhythm, and subtle meaning when used in poetry. Pictures offer color, form, and beauty bare in the shape of fine art. Two complementary worlds....

Wednesday, March 22, 2000 at 21:07:22 (EST) = 2000-03-22

TopicArt - TopicScience - TopicWriting

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