Joanna Ward


As a thesis project, A Visual Understanding can be defined as a contextual experiment portraying the relationship between traditional composition techniques and visual communication online. This project focuses on the issue of significance when viewing photography online and the ways in which Computer Graphics Design can solve this problem. The educational application address the problems with the way in which photography is being portrayed by first, creating awareness about this concern and second, educating the online user in attempt to solve this problem. The interactive application developed educates users on traditional composition theories that have proven to be successful means of communication. This project displays information in an online application, and develops a way to engage web users. The goal of this application is to provide amateur photographers with an understanding of visual communication and the ways in which the relationship between composition techniques and design theory can significantly impact photography. This project goes on to explore different means of information design and contextual, three-dimensional interactive applications, and researches the ways in which the use of computer graphics design to create a hands-on learning experience will increase awareness and educate amateur photographers. By providing an educational understanding of photographic design theories, discussing lines, shapes, angles, and frames in an interactive atmosphere, web users learn photography techniques in a hands-on manner instead of simply reading about rules or techniques. The intention of this project is to visually, interactively, and contextually represent the potential for photographs to provide entertainment, embody visual art and culture, and provide compositional representation of meaning and message to their audiences. Through the demonstration of the effectiveness of these theories as well as the importance of visual communication, amateur photographers will learn how to create visual meaning in photographs and learn why they should be aiming to communicate messages through photography as a traditional art.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Composition (Photography)--Study and teaching; Interactive multimedia--Design; Computer graphics--Design; Visual communication

Publication Date


Document Type



Not listed


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works in December 2013. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: TR179 .W37 2010


RIT – Main Campus