Friday, November 5, 2010

Visual Writing

What is visual writing?

This is a question with which my tutor, Anna Gerber is fascinated. Along with Britt Iverson, Anna has co-founded Visual Editions, a London-based press that is attempting to examine, experiment with and maybe even answer the question.

Visual Editions breathes new life into books that use visual writing as a storytelling technique. The press also works with writers (who already visual writers) to publish something new. Visual writing isn’t about pictures or illustrations. The way Anna and Britt see it, visual writing is another one of the tools in an author’s kit of writing techniques that is essential to the story of the book. In other words, neither visual writing nor the book would stand its own. Or, in some more other words, as a complete work, the book wouldn’t exist without visual writing. Or, for even more other words, check out what the New York Times had to say:

The Tree of Codes is something you have never seen before. It’s an excited step that makes a print-will-live-forever sap like me even sappier. On a night like the 5th of November, I especially admire those who question the status quo. Print’s not dying. You’ll see. Just watch a video of reactions to the book —which looks normal by all outward appearances — and then check out what’s inside on the Visual Editions website. Whether you own a Kindle or continue to the bounded add to your bookshelves, visual writing deserves attention.

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