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Rich Pictures: A valuable means to explore complex IS issues

Berg, Tessa; Pooley, Rob


Tessa Berg

Rob Pooley


This paper discusses the value and interpretive risks when using iconography for system understanding using the rich picture tool. It is suggested that a visual language of pictures offers a way of global communication that far exceeds the limitations of text and speech. We argue that a simple graphic can be rapidly communicated, processed and transmitted within a large and culturally diverse audience in a way that is unique to graphic images. We suggest a natural intrinsic grammar belongs to the rich picture in terms of relationships, shape, connectors, context and sub-boundaries.


Berg, T., & Pooley, R. (2012). Rich Pictures: A valuable means to explore complex IS issues. Journal of Systemic Practice and Action Research,

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012
Deposit Date Sep 26, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Rich pictures; information systems; iconography;
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