One of the most difficult writing tasks is to combine visuals with words. And I’m not just talking about writing scripts. I’m talking about writing documentation and tutorials.
The difficulty goes beyond melding diagrams and flowcharts with your text, too. How about using visuals and words to present complex material? While it’s been done for decades, the results have varied from being quite effective to not quite hitting the mark. And if you’re not a very visual technical communicator (it’s OK, I’m not incredibly visually oriented) doing the job well can be challenge. To say the least.
If you’re willing to take the time to learn how to effectively meld words and images, then you’ll want to give the book Wonderful Life with the Elements by Bunpei Yorifuji a look. It’s described as:
an illustrated guide to the periodic table that gives chemistry a friendly face
And the book also, whether the original intention was there or not, provides a solid template for explaining a complex topic by melding text and visuals.
Let’s take a brief look at Wonderful Life with the Elements.