Iconic Abstraction:

Reality → Video → Photograph → Painting → Sketch → Cartoon → Icon

  • complex → simple
  • realistic → iconic
  • objective → subjective
  • specific → universal

Next step of abstraction is → WORDS meaning is retained  but resemblence is gone = the ultimate abstraction of reality.

The Picture Plane, Scott McCloud, 1993, from Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.

Pictures are RECEIVED information. We need no formal education to get the message. The message is instantaneous.

Writing is PERCIEVED information. It takes time and specialized knowledge to decode the abstract symbols of language.


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