I had the pleasure of meeting Susan E. Metros in Tennessee (see my pictures from Murfreesboro and Nashville), where she presented much the same material summarized in her EDUCAUSE article on visual literacy. To me, the idea that there is a visual design vocabulary suggests that we have non-symbolic ways of knowing, something that resonates with my thoughts about a new literacy. In this item, Joan Vinall-Cox observes, "After all, reading is a visual act, tied to visual perception. We judge a piece of writing initially, before we decode even one word, by what it looks like." Right - which is why this newsletter contains short, pithy items rather than big blocks of text.