Illustrations serve different purposes

I've been thinking about when, how, and why different types of illustrations work and don't work well on web sites. And I've come to realize that there's a continuum of types of illustrations that serve different purposes - from representational to emotional. Consider Figure 11-1.

Figure 11-1 Your purpose in using a picture can range from purely representational to purely emotional (or mood setting).

Let's explore each of the four types of illustration in the continuum in more detail.

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