Sunday, March 15, 2009

Thesis posts #1-5

Thesis Post #5: Side Note:
originally posted 10/13/2008

If this matters at all, my process in reading all of my research material is...

1. Read a section

2. Highlight important info while reading
    a. Rotate colors continuously for each new unrelated topic
    b. Continue with the same color to indicate the topics are related
    c. Thick line indicates most important info
    d. Thin line indicates less important supporting info

3. Go back to beginning of section, take notes on highlighted text
    a. Notes are usually either direct quotations, summaries, or charts
    b. Not all highlighted info proves relevant to make notes of
    c. Underline in notes the key words, phrases, concepts, etc that are the most important

4. Take a nap.

5. Start it all again with the next section till done!

6. If book or article did not have adequate intro or conclusion, might need to make additional summarization notes

Thesis Post #4: Pablo Picasso
originally posted 10/11/08

(This is a screenshot from "The Madonna of the Future: Essays in a Pluralistic Art World," however I first read this quote in "Creating Minds" by Howard Gardner.)


Thesis Post #3: Hermann Grid Illusions
originally posted 10/10/08


Thesis Post #2: books!!!
originally posted 10/9/08

(All of these can be found on Amazon.)


Creating Minds: An Anatomy Of Creativity As Seen Through The Lives Of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, And Gandhi
by Howard Gardner


Entropy and Art: An Essay on Disorder and Order
by Rudolf Arnheim


Powers of Ten (Revised)
by Philip Morrison


The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Envisioning Information
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities
Beautiful Evidence
by Edward R. Tufte

(to be fair, I did not read these 4 cover to cover)



Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye
by Rudolf Arnheim


Kant's Aesthetic Theory: An Introduction, Second Edition
by Salim Kemal


Eye and Brain:
The psychology of seeing
by Richard L. Gregory




Visual Perception: Physiology, Psychology and Ecology
by Vicki Bruce , Mark A. Georgeson, Patrick R. Green


Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See
by Donald D. Hoffman


Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time, and Light
by Leonard Shlain


Language and Symbolic Systems
by Yuen Ren Chao



Complexity, Entropy and the Physics of Information
by Wojciech H. Zurek


Visual Thinking
by Rudolf Arnheim


Toward a Psychology of Art: Collected Essays
by Rudolf Arnheim


New Essays on the Psychology of Art
by Rudolf Arnheim


Inner Vision: An Exploration of Art and the Brain
by Semir Zeki



Side note: could the covers of these books be any more painful if they tried???
These are books about VISUAL perception!!!

Also, there are a few more books that I read this past summer and last year, but do not have the titles with me.
I can post those when I return to New York.

Thesis Post #1: Let's begin, shall we?
originally posted 10/9/2008

This blog is an attempt to keep track of research I am doing for my thesis project.

So far I've been writing everything out long-hand, and while I will continue to do so out of personal preference, I think this platform will be helpful to keep track of web links, online articles, relevant images, etc. (It is also way easier to decipher than my handwriting, and convenient for sending to teachers back home at Parsons that want to make sure I am actually doing work during my semester abroad.)

We'll see what direction this goes, but I have a feeling most of the posts will fall into some basic categories (not in order)...

1. Important relevant quotations
(which I may or may not elaborate on.)

2. Links to articles or websites.

3. Lists of other resources, i.e. books, academic journals, etc.

4. Short summaries of those book or articles
(if I read them so I can later recall what they were about.)

5. Short summaries of a particular expert's point of view or arguments.
(many of them are conflicting so it gets difficult to keep them all straight)

5. Relevant photos and diagrams

6. Possibly links to pdf or jpg scans of my long-hand notes

7. Whatever else I feel so inclined to include...

Please note that I am not a professional in this field by any means. If I make incorrect assumptions, draw false parallels between things, misquote, misinterpret, or do anything else wrong, please realize that fact. Also feel free to correct me.

If you have any feedback, questions, or want to get in touch with me for any reason at all, please email me at

p.s. The point of this blog is not to be pretty, it is to track my research, and possibly help other people who want to know more info on the topics I cover here.
Apologies if you find it boring, but I have a diff blog full of photos and design inspiration elsewhere.


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