Visualizing Abstract Ideas

What is close reading? That’s the challenge we had to address in this course. Close reading is an internal process that’s different for each person. In this introductory module, we came up with a few ideas for how to convey the idea of close reading.

In the introduction to close reading, we use the analogy of going to a museum and examining a painting in detail. Close reading is like analyzing a specific part of a specific painting, and figuring out what that means. Initially this was going to be an interactive tool, letting users experience the levels of detail. We eventually decided to make it more of an overview, and it became an animation to give users a connection to prior knowledge.