Image via WikipediaI have blogged thrice about visual memos I have created:
Visual Memos in Qualitative Research
This is an example of a visual memo developed from writing in my journal about the journal project. I was thinking about the ways the journal project and its writing was different from formal social science writing.
Visual Memos in Qualitative Research: Part II
This memo describes the way an image or art approach (prayer ropes) developed through a series of experiences related to the death of a dear friend.
Visual Memos in Qualitative Research: Part IV
This memo (a handmade book) developed as a reflection on the experience of teaching a qualitative research class in which visual memos were integrated with every component of the course experience.
As I think across the visual memos themselves, some of the patterns I see in this work are:
- They are narrative. They tell a story, reflect on a chain of events, connect diverse strands of thought.
- They are combinatory. They bring together diverse elements or thoughts in a single location.
- They lead to strong juxtapositions. Bringing together the different pieces leads to new positioning of ideas in relationship to each other.
- They are sensual. I react to the nuances of color, texture, shape, line. Text, too, is sensual for the dedicated reader, but in a different way.
- They reveal things to me that were hidden from me when I operated solely in my textual mode.
Visual Memos in Qualitative Research: Part III
I've also given thought to the visual qualities of different forms of qualitative research analysis--manual modes vs. computer modes.
Getting Visual With Qualitative Research Analysis
This week I started to think about the literature of memos in qualitative research:
Memos and Qualitative Research: Kathy Charmaz
This is a beginning for me. There are others to examine. What I want to bring forward from Charmaz regarding memos is how they exist in the space between data and fixed/mature interpretations. They are the thing waiting to be heard, to take form.
Memos...it's a juicy topic.