Introduction to “Threetorials” and Art Image Usage
Each Field Guide has between 150 and 200 art illustrations and graphics. These are not incidental images, but were specifically chosen as part of my efforts to “show, not just tell.” I find these “gold guy” images from Fotolia artist Scott Maxwell provide metaphors that demonstrate what abstract concepts look in concrete action. And for some of us, we may remember the art image or graphic as the doorway to the content, while others may find the words a more graspable gateway. In team situations, we should expect to have both of those kinds of learners, along with participants who need other elements to optimize their processes of learning and applying – thought questions, discussion guides, case studies, etc.
This “Essentials” post has a series of three-frame tutorials, or “Threetorials,” as I have sometimes called them. These are drawn from a larger set I’ve been working on that refine 15 complex concepts into sets of 10 slides for each. In the larger sets of 10, the first 3 slides typically introduce a concept framework, and the next 7 give details. I plan to make the full sets of 10 available at some later date, but have not yet determined in what format(s).
In the Threetorials here, the first slide usually gives a definition of the concept framework, or a summary quote about it. The second slide usually gives some kind of visual image, chart, or graphic, plus a few details. (Note my Fotolia licensing information at the bottom of such slides.) The third slide expands on some of the most important points in the first two slides. [Click on the thumbnail image to see a full-screen-size version.]