visual literacy

noun

: the ability to recognize and understand ideas conveyed through visible actions or images (such as pictures)

Examples of visual literacy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their goal is to enhance understanding of photography and promote visual literacy for all. Caterina De Biasio, Vogue, 12 Apr. 2024 Their guru is Edward R. Tufte, a statistician, Yale professor, and author of several influential books on analytical design and visual literacy, most notably The Visual Display of Quantitative Information and Envisioning Information. IEEE Spectrum, 30 Jan. 2012 Continuing its journey dedicated to shaping a more just and inclusive society through visual literacy, PhotoVogue invited artists from around the world to submit work that challenges the traditional notions of beauty. Photovogue, Vogue, 12 Sep. 2023 PhotoVogue’s mission has always been to support talent and influence visual literacy, to help shape a more just, ethical, and inclusive visual world. Alessia Glaviano, Vogue, 7 Feb. 2023 Indeed, PhotoVogue’s mission has always been and will continue to be fostering talent, reaching historically excluded communities, and influence visual literacy to help shape a more just, ethical, and inclusive visual world. Alessia Glaviano, Vogue, 2 Feb. 2023 The mission of PhotoVogue has always been, and will continue to be, to champion talent, both emerging and established, and influence visual literacy to help shape a more just, ethical, and inclusive visual world. Vogue, 27 Oct. 2022 From the 1960s onward—when the importance of visual literacy was recognised—many writers, intellectuals, critics, and art historians have been exploring how photography could be analyzed from social, political, and semiotic perspectives. Francesca Marani, Vogue, 3 Nov. 2022 The Residency program in partnership with Voice where artists will produce and sell their first NFT collection is aligned with our mission to champion talent and influence visual literacy to help foster a more just, ethical and inclusive world. Vogue, 26 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of visual literacy was in 1971

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“Visual literacy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visual%20literacy. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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