Been reading Beautiful Evidence. With all the emphasis on information density, it makes me think about our minds as parallel processing engines. But you still need to get the data in there. Eyes are a really great way to input high-resolution 5-dimensional data (2 spacial, 3 color) for most people. Way better than reading words. Well, unless the picture can be conveyed in a few words.
This also reminds me of systems like numpy or MATLAB or such things where the language is slow but if you can get data into the low-level primitives, you can chunk things fast.
On a side note, I wonder how easy it is for people (especially those who are fully blind) to learn to make sense of bas relief data by touch.