Bridge 4: Refining Research, Connecting Visual to Literal


i found this worksheet very helpful. I needed to find new sources due to this worksheet but the new sources are way more useful than the ones i once had previous. i realized they were not useful to me when the worksheet asked me if they were primary or secondary, i realized they were none.


Bridge 4: Connections



READ THIS WORKSHEET CAREFULLY, ALL OF IT. Reviewing your Visual Essay Collage and Abstract, answer all the prompts in Part 1. Considering your Library Explorations I and II, answer all the prompts in Part 2. Upload a copy of this completed worksheet to your Learning Portfolio. Submit on Canvas the URL link to your LP post. Bring the hard copy of this completed worksheet to class on Friday, 13 April.



What is the specific Research Issue or Question on which you reflected and, therefore, that is expressed via and contextualized in your Visual Essay Collage?

language barriers break when connecting through digital visual language



Select the 4 most important symbols in your Collage. Briefly explain the meaning of each one AND how it relates to your specific Research Issue/Question:

  1. Japanese Symbol: Digital visual language can be exemplified through emoticons, Emoji’s as Americans call them, and were originated in Japan. In my research, I am comparing Japan to America and how they can speak visually.
  2. American Eagle: America easily usually emoji’s daily. In my research, I am comparing Japan to America and how they can speak visually.
  3. Funnel with humans being funneled into a jar: This is symbolizing the coming together of Japanese culture and American culture.
  4. Emoji board connecting the American and Japanese symbol to the funnel: The emoji are the link that can easily combine Japanese culture and American culture,



Review the Abstract for your Visual Essay Collage. Identify the 4 most important terms AND the single-most important sentence. List those here:


  1. communicate
  2. visually
  3. universal
  4. connect

            This work is claiming the origin of emoji’s, Japan, can communicate easily with a country that widely uses emoji’s although Japan does not speak the same language.



Reviewing your Library Exploration I and II research findings, list the titles of the 4 most relevant sources you have found. For each source, specify whether it is a primary or secondary source AND its type (e.g., journal article, book chapter, archive material, newspaper, etc.). IMPORTANT NOTE: Bring hard copies of each of these sources to class on Friday, 13 April:


  1. Mullally, Una. 2016. “… On Emoji’s.” Irish Times(Dublin), May 28. Saturday Magazine, May 28, 2016. Accessed March 13, 2018.

Newspaper Article

This discusses how visual communication is destroying verbal communication. That human gestures and emotions are eroding. I find this to be a primary source.

  1. Thumim, Nancy. 2014. “Self-Representation, Digitial Culture and Genre” in Self-Representation and Digital Culture.167-181. Palgrave Macmillian Limited.


This is a chapter from a research book.

It discusses emotion, and people self representing themselves online. Secondary source.

  1. News Source:

DiGiulio, Sarah. 2017. Your Smartphone Is Changing the Human Race in Surprising Ways.             Accessed March 26, 2018.


This article discussed how people are using technology so much their genetics are changing. Secondary source.


  1. Yazdani, Masoud, and Philip Barker. 2000. Iconic Communication. Intellect Books Ltd.


This is a research book. A book where researchers studied technology and languages that are visual and how they connect. This is a primary source for me.


Given how you currently understand your Research Issue, compose 3 specific questions that you would need to address to explain and understand your Research Issue. These questions should all directly connect to the specific focus of your Final Research Paper. Thus, for each question, find a way to be as specific as possible about what in particular you must understand about your topic. These questions should narrow the scope of your topic. Note your questions here:


  1. What is the form and content of an emoji?
  2. is there a dictionary of general visual language objects?
  3. how is technology changing these icons to become more universal?


Given how you understand the scope of your Research Issue, describe in 2 to 3 complete sentences the environment in which your Research Issue resides. In other words, clearly situate the WHO and WHERE of your analysis for your Final Research Paper.


My focus of “who” in this paper are very American and Japanese human. I chose these two cultures to compare the languages. Also my native land and the land that created emojis. I chose the issue of digital devices that provide visual language as a form of communication.


Explain in 2 to 3 complete sentences how that environment in particular is both appropriate and important for understanding your Research Issue.

The environments I chose are important because they are on separate parts of the world. Japan created the first “emoji” and now America uses them daily. Americans and Japanese people are around each other daily and they both use cell phones particularly iphones.



Describe in 2 to 3 complete sentences the audience (the reader) for your Final Research Paper. In other words, whom do you imagine would or should want to read this paper? Who would or should be interested in this issue?

I think any cell phone user would be interested in this research paper. Cellphone users use emoticons as a form of language with out thinking of the meaning behind the emoticon.


FINAL DELIVERABLES: Due Friday, 13 April, by 12PM

Upload any relevant reflections from this worksheet to your Learning Portfolio. Submit to Canvas the URL link to the LP post of your reflections from this worksheet. Bring the hard copy of this completed worksheet to class.


ALSO: Bring hard copies of the 4 most relevant sources you listed above in Part 2.

Alicia is a Parsons student studying Integrated Design.

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