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Category Archives: Visual Essays

VE: Powers of Ten

Powers of Ten is the famous short film by Charles and Ray Eames. I would be remiss if I did not mention this film, one of the original visual essays. … Continue reading

February 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

VE: kogonada

kogonada is a visual essayist who has created some great studies on filmmakers and filmmaking. This one on Wes Anderson and his use of centering is a short, clever, and … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · 6 Comments

Two Kinds of Imagination

The New Yorker’s Joshua Rothman recently wrote an article discussing the idea of being creative and how that has evolved from the Enlightenment Age through the Romantic Age to today. … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

VE: The Illusion of Life

Part of what makes animation look animated are the exaggerated poses of the characters or objects. The techniques behind these poses were refined by the legendary Nine Old Men of … Continue reading

May 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Visual Essays are Accessible

One of the 3 tenets of visual essays is accessibility. I was reminded why when reading Nicholas Kristof’s op-ed column in the New York Times. His article, Professors, We Need … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

VE: StemCellShorts

One of my favorite things about this animated series about stem cells is their deliberate decision to keep each short around one minute. I’m sure multiple reasons exist for this … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · 4 Comments

VE: This is Not a Conspiracy Theory

Starting with this post, 3/21 will be more vigorous with featuring visual essays found around the web. Any post title beginning with “VE” (Visal Essays) is an indication that this … Continue reading

February 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Recent Visual Essays – Summer 2013

It seems visual essays are picking up steam! The New York Times debuted earlier this month the first of a monthly series based on their column, Modern Love. Titled “Modern … Continue reading

August 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Visual Essays

If you read books often, you may have noticed an emerging genre called creative nonfiction. “Although it sounds a bit affected and presumptuous, “creative nonfiction” precisely describes what the form … Continue reading

June 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

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