Visual Notation

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  • Title: Visual Notation: An Image Making Approach for Communication in Illustration Education
  • Author(s): Joanne Mignone, David Blaiklock
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Image
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of the Image
  • Keywords: Education, Interpretation, Viewers, Visual Notation, Illustration, Drawing
  • Volume: 10
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2019
  • ISSN: 2154-8560 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2154-8579 (Online)
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Mignone, Joanne, and David Blaiklock. 2019. "Visual Notation: An Image Making Approach for Communication in Illustration Education." The International Journal of the Image 10 (2): 1-9. doi:10.18848/2154-8560/CGP/v10i02/1-9.
  • Extent: 9 pages


Visual notation is a practice-based education approach that facilitates and incorporates creative thinking, visual literacy, drawing skill, and communication processes in relation to Illustration. In line with experiential design studio teaching and a didactic lecture format, visual notation enables a form of thinking and deeply engaging conceptual reflection tool which enhances visualization skills, communication, and knowledge of image making. Similar to other design disciplines, an Illustration practitioner utilizes image-making processes such as visual notation that require rapid conceptual development, individual aesthetic, succinct production methods, and effective communication. This article describes an effective pedagogic approach applied within an Illustration education context which facilitates deeper student engagement with discipline-specific knowledge.