A visual metaphor is an analogy representing, in a form clarifying spatial relationships, a concept or phenomenon whose global or detailed character is poorly (or perhaps merely prosaically) represented by a verbal description. Ancestor and descendant trees and "the dastardly digit" are straightforward examples, as are many styles of mapping that forego precise modeling.
- Hatcher, Evelyn Payne (1989). Visual Metaphors: A Methodological Study in Visual Communication. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN 9780826311269.
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