Visual Rhetoric

As stated by Nordquist, “Visual rhetoric is a branch of rhetorical studies concerned with the persuasive use of images, whether on their own or in the company of words.”

For my final project, I’d like to use images that emphasize the difficulties encountered by those with Type 1 Diabetes while traveling. Though the differences may seem minuscule, they add up, and I believe that by using images which emphasize the experiences and added burdens for someone with the chronic illness will help to convey what people experience with the disease during travel.

I like this image because it’s something I personally have written many times. It shows how many things people with Type 1 Diabetes need to remember to pack for a trip, as well as even for a normal day. Planning and packing trips can be a strenuous and stressful task because if you forget one thing, it could be a disaster.

This is a great visual display of the above packing list. I’ve had to fill entire carry ons with my diabetes supplies and it can affect a lot of a trip by forcing you to choose what unnecessary items you’d like to bring, such as clothes or random games. As stated by Nordquist, what makes an object a form of visual rhetoric is ” the involvement of human intervention.” Diabetes supplies are defined by their purpose of human use.


This visual is very straight-forward, but it emphasizes how many things must be considered by Diabetics while traveling. There are so many things that can go wrong and so many things that need to be prepared for. These are all such important things to remember, and they’re so relevant to every Diabetics’ experiences.

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