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Forrest

I'm from China where Youtube is blocked. I'm interested in your dots idea but am sad that I can't see your video.

Have you uploaded your words any place else? or could you please send it to me via email? thank you.

Forrest

words → works
I'm sorry for my misspelling.

Lee LeFever

Hi Jeff!
Congrats on MondayDots and being a part of the explanatory video world. I learned about you via Explainist.com and watched the Gen. Patraeus video. Very nice work.

We come from similar perspectives - I too read Understanding Comics and took a lot from the idea that the less something looks like a specific person, the more the viewer can see themselves. That's why our figures don't usually have facial features.

Anyway, I've subscribed to your blog here. Best of luck with the new site!

Steve Marshall

Hello Jeff,

I love the idea of representing complexity with dots. The video is superb and I wish you all the best with this offering. I'm intrigued by the ease with which we see ourselves in dots. I use a different medium to disrupt our self-image by developing improvised digital portraits - the clients shoots a picture - I change it - we shoot another. I'm wondering how or if the two (dots and digital images) processes can converge and what the visual facilitation output might be? In the meanwhile I'd like to show your work on my blog and will link to your site. I've also subscribed to your feed.

Good luck!

Steve

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I'm from China where Youtube is blocked. I'm interested in your dots idea but am sad that I can't see your video.

jeff monday

No problem! The videos are posted on vimeo as well:

http://www.vimeo.com/jeffmonday

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I use a different medium to disrupt our self-image by developing improvised digital portraits - the clients shoots a picture - I change it - we shoot another. I'm wondering how or if the two (dots and digital images) processes can converge and what the visual facilitation output might be?

jeff monday

Aion I would be interested in talking to you more about your process and possibly doing a collaboration. Let me know what you think!

Ivan Walsh

Hi Jeff,
I like this presentation and there are some nice ideas in here for sure.

When you says ‘dots’, does you mean any generic placeholder?

For example, could it be a square?

Here’s what I'm getting at. The limitation of dots is that they are neutral – paradoxically also their strength.
If we’re looking at a visual way to representing information would not mathematical figures be more appropriate. For example, a maths symbol could represent several attributes at the same time, i.e. age, role, gender etc without identifying the person.

eg could dots evolve into symbols?

Just trying to see where/how to take this idea.

Any thoughts?

jeff monday

Ivan,

Thanks for your comment. The goal in using dots is to remove any prejudice you can form about the dots in order to better illustrate the concept and put the audience member in the position of the dots.

To the degree that you move to a more physical representation (e.g. using symbols) you begin to draw prejudices against the symbols.

What are your preconceived notions about gender, age, employees, and employers? Are you aware of any? Can you know for sure that you what your audiences preconceived notions are?

While you can use any symbol to animate your story or concept in the Keynote application....I will continue to use dots.

-jeff

P.S. You could use squares to get the same effect, but I personally think they are an inferior shape. =)

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