Nick Sousanis: Drawing Ideas

Above is a fragment of the unusual dissertation of Nick Sousanis.

Details are decently worked out. The book is a really nice piece of art.

Here are some information about this case (from the author`s blog):

“He received his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comic book form. Titled Unflattening, it argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning, and it is now a book from Harvard University Press.”

I would like to point out two important things in regard to this book:

1. The work provides – due to its form – a remarkable insight into the problem of relation between signs (in a broad sense) and “things” represented by them. I`ll give two examples in order to explain it:

A city plan represents topography of the city, but the relation between the map and the place cannot be depicted by any map. The problem appears to be similar with a score and performed music. It would be rather imposible to give an account of this peculiar relation, using only musical notation. Therefore, when words and sentences are supposed to represent i.a. material objects, emotions and ideas, concepts (to some extent), how the relation between words and reality represented by them could be discussed in a language? Is it then possible to describe the worth of words?

The author have tried to draw some of his ideas. Although sentences in the dissertation have been combined with images, the mentioned difficulty has remained – since pictorial language is a language as well -, but this problem could be seen in the book from the perspective which is rather unusual in the academic world.

2. The content of this dissertation proved to be far more important than the text length. Unfortunately, it`s not often the case.


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