What Are Types of Visual Media?

Types of visual media include digital and printed images, photography, graphic design, fashion, videos, architectural structures and fine arts. Visual media is seen on billboards, smartphones, newspapers, screen projectors, posters, televisions, computers and various other mediums and devices.

Visual media is interpreted using primarily what humans see, as opposed to aural or tactile media. It plays a role in advertising, art, communication, education, business and engineering. Visual media is often used as a learning aid, such as in presentations and training guides. Photography and video are major types of visual media and captures a location or moment in a visual form. Fine arts such as painting and drawing are also visual and communicate elements of life and interpretations. Graphic design and drafting use computer-aided imaging software to create visual representations of life or art. Architecture relies on visual guidelines and appeals to visual senses, as does fashion.