Visual literacy is the ability to read and understand images. While we are taught to read and write words at school, no focused attention is given to teaching the skills to read images other than as art or attractive illustrations of the words we read in schools. However, in the Life Sciences images are not mere illustrative supplements to written texts, but are indispensable for communicating complex ideas and concepts, and, if visual literacy doesnt develop naturally many will battle to grasp the full meaning of scientific images.
Section 1: Visual Literacy
What is visual literacy and why should we study it?
How are scientific images created?
Types of scientific images
Section 2: Evolutionary Iconography
The Tree of Life
The Double Helix: a modern icon
Genome sequencing maps
Section 3: Development of New Icons
The new Tree of Life
Section 4: Literature Review
Section 5: Glossary