Visual maps: Learning from Ancient Egyptian scribes

Two quick lessons from ancient Egyptian art can help us to improve our visual maps:

1) Perspective: Gaining speed
When mapping a speech you don’t have time for details. If you apply too much detail and perspective to objects, the speech probably will leave you behind. Sometimes not drawing so accurately can work on your favor and Egyptian perspective can help on this: objects and persons are drawn as if they were seen in a sagital (median) and coronal (frontal) plane. This makes you draw simpler and faster.

2) Size: focusing attention on important things.
If you draw all elements the same size, your map won’t work. Attention is about difference. Egyptian figures were drawn of sizes that were based on relative importance and not on their distance from the painter’s perspective. For instance, the Pharaoh would be drawn as the largest figure in a painting no matter where he was situated, and a greater God would be drawn larger than a lesser god [1]. Apply size in relation to importance.

These tips will help you to draw faster and make elements stand out in relation to others.

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[1] Ancient Art. n.d. In Wikipedia. Retrieved July 6, 2016, from
Gray Dave (2012, December 7) Visual Thinking Basics [Video file]. Retrieved December 27, 2013 from
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