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August 12, 2011




Do you have any comment to make about the difference between the gaze in direction to a text on right and to a text on left ?

It seems that having the image on right makes it harder to read since you are tempted to look at the picture (since you read left to right) and are forced back to the text by the direction of the gaze.

what might be the reasons to block the eye movement that way ?


Really liked the comparisons you presented on this post.

I was wondering if there a book on natural objects reflecting basic shapes. (like the bird example)

I find that when I create slides/graphs that use basic shapes (bars, circles) resonate better for people I'm communicating with. It would be nice to push one level higher using shapes of animals and nature.


Hi Garr,

This was an extraordinary inspiring lesson to get new ideas.

Thank you so much!



I wonder, does the expression on the face have an impact? What about if the person is pointing with their hand? I'm thinking that once the readers attention has been grabbed then you can use these other traits to direct that attention?


sensei, your observations are simple and yet wise. thank you.

a observation I would make is that one should take care in simple reflection of the images such as O-Sensei. To do so changes the face, that which makes us immediately identifiable, particularly for those close to us or for those very well known. very few of us are perfectly symmetrical and such image manipulation renders the face incorrectly. this is one reason we often don't like photographs of ourself; the image we personally see most is in a mirror. a photograph is not that mirror image. flipping a picture will move a mole, scars, parting in the hair and importantly "handedness" for a subject seen playing an instrument or writing.

Fred E. Miller

Great information, Garr, and the slides to confirm your lesson on faces and how they should be positioned.

Thanks for the Post!

John Dawson

Dear Garr,
Like many photographers I spot found faces. Flickr of course is full of them. http://www.flickr.com/groups/foundfaces/

More importantly I wanted to add the another aspect of the power of faces. I use slides of faces in my trainings. But these are of blank faces - in fact I show my audience - pictures of audiences! Why do I do such a strange thing?
Well, I teach lots of courses about getting past the fear of public speaking. Blank faces in the audience scare presenters - they see boredom, judgment, criticism etc. But when they see pictures of other people's audiences they see that blank faces is just how we listen in groups. So we need to re-think Blank faces so that they become just listening faces.
So how we see the face is incredibly important both on the screen and in front of us.
Thank you for all your work and your blog
all the best

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