Animating Where Ideas Come From

The continuous drawings that Cognitive Media creates for RSA Animate and others convey information and simultaneously highlight the power of reading and writing beyond text.  From my personal perspective, both animations below, Steven Johnson on “Where Good Ideas Come From” and Sir Ken Robinson on “Changing Education Paradigms”, are engaging.  A useful thought exercise is considering how the visualizations and media format change the users’ experience and understanding of their ideas/knowledge compared to reading their words or watching them talk.  Layered on top is what if any difference channel creates, e.g. watching on a semi-social public platform like YouTube vs streaming from this post vs watching on one’s iphone vs watching in-person with other audience members.

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