Week #4 Blog Exercise - Visual Thinking Research

Photos by: Me (Anthony Buada)

For this week's assignment, our visual thinking is put to the test. Me and my friend Paul chose 2 puzzles that popped out to us the most among the other puzzles. The first puzzle is called The Cat. In this puzzle, you are asked to find as many triangles as you possibly can in the cat design. According to McKim's Images in Action reading, I have used the pattern-seeking method to find certain triangles. In the tail, I saw that little triangles and the semi-big triangles combined formed one triangle. However, I wasn't aware that some of the triangles in the tail wasn't triangles at all which I used pattern-completion to identify this mistake. In addition, I skipped the triangle were full-triangles and counted because of visual memory. In my head, I have kept a photographic memory of what I have went over already and what wasn't familiar the other times I counted. Furthermore, to get my final answer, I categorized the cat in bits and pieces. I knew that the cat's face equaled 10 triangles totaled, the body equaled 3 triangles totaled and the tail equaled 7 triangles totaled. When Paul and I first finished the puzzle, we had different results from each other. We both counted the triangles we found together and understood what we missed. After going through the puzzle a couple of times, we finally had the same results.

In the next puzzle, we were given the task to name the month which the symbols illustrated. For the both of us, we solved the puzzle without various guesses than we did for the cat puzzle. At first I didn't get any sense of what the symbols formed, but I looked at the puzzle from another viewpoint. I had a sense that I was looking at the puzzle too close so I aimed the paper further away from my sight. I then began to see a word from the symbols. In addition, the spatial analogy between the symbols helped me see the words clearer and I figured out the answer. As for Paul, he cut the symbols in half and found the answer (as you can see in the photo). We both used different visual thinking methods to find the solution to the puzzle but ended up with the same answer.