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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Visual Thinking by Rudolf Arnheim. Visual Thinking by Rudolf Arnheim. For thirty-five years Visual Thinking has been the gold standard for art educators, psychologists, and general readers alike.
In this seminal work, Arnheim, author of The Dynamics of Architectural Form, Film as Art, Toward a Psychology of Art, and Art and Visual Perception, asserts that all thinking not just thinking related to art is basically perceptual in nature, and For thirty-five years Visual Thinking has been the gold standard for art educators, psychologists, and general readers alike. In this seminal work, Arnheim, author of The Dynamics of Architectural Form, Film as Art, Toward a Psychology of Art, and Art and Visual Perception, asserts that all thinking not just thinking related to art is basically perceptual in nature, and that the ancient dichotomy between seeing and thinking, between perceiving and reasoning, is false and misleading.
An indispensable tool for students and for those interested in the arts. Get A Copy. Paperback , Thirty-Fifth Anniversary Printing , pages. Published April 16th by University of California Press first published More Details Original Title.
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And sensory experience is always more than mere seeing or touching. It also includes mental images and knowledge based on experience. All of that makes up our view of the world. Language is instructed by sensory perception. It codifies the knowledge [given] through sensory experience. This doesn't mean that language isn't tremendously significant for thought, for all of human development. Human existence is unimaginable without language. I am only stressing that language is an instrument of that which we have gained through perception, in that it confirms and preserves the concepts [formed].
Arnheim died in at Mar 17, Ryan rated it it was amazing Shelves: main. What if pictures, or hieroglyphics, could be made into a deeper and more complex langauge, that is yet more rapidly understandable and recognizable by the same order? Text takes time to export and to absorb in relation to drawings, stalling the creative brainstorming process.
Arnheim shows how this visual langauge has developed. One can easily think of the long dashes and violent scribbles that translate into speed and dust clouds of coups de poing that are depicted in every newspaper's comic se What if pictures, or hieroglyphics, could be made into a deeper and more complex langauge, that is yet more rapidly understandable and recognizable by the same order?
One can easily think of the long dashes and violent scribbles that translate into speed and dust clouds of coups de poing that are depicted in every newspaper's comic section. What if one could take this further and change whole sentences of semantic thought in to a basic shape? One paragraph in to 7 or 8 strokes of the pen? Jan 08, Gridd Consultancy rated it really liked it Shelves: visual-thinking , we-own-a-copy , content-and-storytelling.
One of the must-read classics on visual thinking. You'll need some patience to read it, but take your time and read it all. According to Arnheim: "cognitive processes indicated as thinking are not mental processes above and beyond perception but essential ingredients of perception itself". This book will help you gain some understanding of cognitive psychology.
Feb 27, H. Mar 05, Cherish rated it liked it. A decent read. Saggio molto breve, ma denso. Una relazione che dalle parole di Arnheim non viene fuori nel migliore dei modi e appare viziata da carenze strutturali dell'immaginario collettivo di noi tutti e da abitudini cognitive a lungo sedimentate e reiterate: se perfino i nostri primi maestri preferiscono insegnarci a pensare sempre e comunque per numeri e per parole piuttosto che per immagini, possiamo forse considerarci, nella stragrande maggioranza dei casi, degli analfabeti del visivo?
L'arte e gli interrogativi estetici e teoretici sono dopotutto spesso declassati a mero orpello, a sterili abbellimenti privi di implicazioni reali e metodologie conoscitive degne di questo nome, incapaci di incidere concretamente sulla vita degli individui.
Da non perdere. Apr 22, Cara Byrne rated it liked it. While I profited from his analysis of children's art and his definition of different art forms, there are limited applications of this book for my own scholarship. Sep 23, Dr. A rated it really liked it. The two chapters on "The intelligence of perception" I and II, are a review of the philosophical discussions that frame this otherwise formalistic and psychological treatment. Aug 01, Damien rated it it was amazing.
Absolute classic essays about cognitive and gestalt psychology. Terrifically appealing for visual artists that are interested in a scientific underpinning of how human cognitive powers operate. But terrific information and a text I return to every few years just to flip through. Absolute MUST for any graphic designer's library—some of the info predates information design and web interface design concepts, but this is the information that forms the core of those disciplines.
Arnheim is a bit long-winded as a writer, but its fantastic stuff all the same. Jul 18, Judith Rodenbeck added it. I read this as an undergraduate. Arnheim died last year and SLC, where he taught for several decades, is planning an event in Spring of It's one of those books that used to be absolutely required of anyone involved in the visual arts, though more recently, at least in poststructuralist art history circles, the psychology of art has gotten a bad rap Jan 17, Lisa rated it liked it.
This book gives a deeper understanding on the worth of perception and the intelligence it requires. But, as a designer, I did not find much additional useful information.
The density of the writing was not rewarded with better insight into visual thinking - at least for me. View 1 comment. Feb 25, Nancy rated it it was amazing. A very thorough book. Takes time to really think how your visual thinking works. If you take out your blank canvas, and take a good look at it, it can help boosts your visual thinking.
This is just one way. There are so many ways. I would recommend this book for visual artists. Shelves: psychology. Although I rushed through this book when it was assigned for my first psychology class at Union Theological Seminary in New York, I suspect that its argument and evidences that all thinking is sensory Arnheim's emphasis being on the visual sense has influenced me ever since.
Sep 09, Abel Allison rated it it was ok. Read through about two thirds. It was a good primer on cognition as it relates the sense of vision and how we organize that information. I found it a bit dated though in its perspective, and didn't really have the energy to finish.
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Rudolf Arnheim July 15, — June 9, was a German-born author, art and film theorist, and perceptual psychologist. Art and Visual Perception was revised, enlarged and published as a new version in , and it has been translated into fourteen languages. In Art and Visual Perception , Arnheim tries to use science to better understand art. In his later book Visual Thinking , Arnheim critiques the assumption that language goes before perception. For Arnheim, the only access to reality we have is through our senses. Arnheim also argues that perception is strongly identified with thinking, and that artistic expression is another way of reasoning.