Re: Robert E. Horn speaks (long)

Subject: Re: Robert E. Horn speaks (long)
From: Sandra Charker <scharker -at- connectives -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Tue, 06 Jun 2000 11:46:23 +1000

At 03:44 PM 2000-05-27 , M Giffin wrote:

Robert E. Horn, founder of Information Mapping, gave a talk at a dinner meeting of the Los Angeles chapter of the STC a couple nights ago, and I attended. I thought some of my fellow writers might be interested in what happened.....
>to do other things. I don't know what else he's been doing, but he was promoting this book he's written >called "Visual Language" (published 1998).

I'd like to thank you for posting this message. After reading it, I had a look at the book on Amazon, bought it, and am now "reading" - doesn't seem quite the right word - it. I think there's something really important in what he's on about, though it's not entirely obvious how it will develop.

The Amazon reviews of the book are highly polarized - which is often a good sign <g> Ben Shneiderman gives it "five twinkling red-yellow-green-blue-purple stars"; some design-oriented people whose names I didn't recognise gives it huge slam.

A graphic artist I'm working with flipped through it, and commented that it's a book you need to read and absorb really well so you can forget about it. To me, a pathologically verbal person, that remark feels profoundly true. Which would make sense if Horn really is describing a new human language.


I've got a brief comment about the book on my website if anyone's interested. More importantly, have any other TechWhirler's seen it, or seen anything about the work it's based on? I think it should be *really shaking up our profession.

Sandra Charker

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