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The Ten (and a half) Commandments of Visual Thinking. Visual thinking is the future of business problem solving. Using our innate ability to see – both with our eyes and our mind’s eye – gives us entirely new ways to discover hidden ideas, develop those ideas intuitively, and then share those ideas with other people in a way they are simply going to “get”. In fact – as we all know – visual thinking isn’t “new” at all: it’s our oldest problem-solving toolkit of all, predating verbal communications in the evolutionary chain by eons, and giving us as Kindergartners the ability to explore and explain our ideas long before we could read and write. As globalized supply chains and emerging markets flatten the world, as information overload becomes the status quo, and as communication channels proliferate, problem-solving complexity is only going to increase.

In my book, BLAH BLAH BLAH: WHAT TO DO WHEN WORDS DON’T WORK, I give dozens of examples of how businesspeople have solved complex problems through learning to think with their eyes. 1. 2. 3. 4th Annual SWCO Women’s Small Business Conference Sketchnotes – Visual Notetaking. Check out these fresh sketchnotes by Heather Martinez. She created these using Sketchbook Pro for the iPad and these are the first sketchnotes she created using that app. Very well done. I like how she incorporated a QR Code which I assume leads to either her instagram page or website (I was unable to scan).

Professional Intimacy – The Key to Being a Sustainable Leader by Christina Haxton What Your Brain Wishes You Knew About Stress by Christina Haxton and Puja Parsons Redefining Your Business Relationships through Self-Awarness by Kerry Siggins and Barbara Gormally. Prototyping to Increase Your Visual Vocabulary. Real-time sketchnoting still scares me, but I’ve been doing more of it lately. And I’ve developed a post-live-sketchnoting activity that takes whatever disappointment I feel after a sketchnoting session and turns it into something positive and productive.

Here’s what I do: Step 1: Pick A Concept or Idea Pick a concept or an object that you wish you would have sketched or sketched better. Step 2: Sketch Like Crazy Sketch out that concept or object you selected in as many different ways as you can. Step 3: Pick the Best Once you have filled the page, pick the ones that you like the best.

Step 4: Practice Practice the one(s) that you want to remember. Step 5: Repeat If you follow this process for just one concept or object after each sketchnoting session, you will see your visual vocabulary expand and diversify over time, making you more versatile as a sketchnoter. Give this process a try, and let me know what you think. Visual Note Taking Resources. Presents a Free Webcast Series on Graphics, Web Design/Development, Video, and Creative Business. Join Peachpit and Cori Dusmann April 22nd, 12-1PM PDT / 3-4PM EDT, for a free webinar geared to help parents navigate the Minecraft phenomenon. In this webinar, Cori Dusmann will help parents and caregivers understand exactly what Minecraft is and why kids love it, as well as all the nuts and bolts, such as how to install, set up, and play the game.

Cori will show how even adults with minimum computer literacy can step in and help their children—and even play alongside them. She will also explore larger questions, such as online safety, and examine the social and academic advantages to be found in Minecraft. Space is limited—register today! The Minecraft Guide for Parents. How We Made a Gloriously-Imperfect, RSA-Style, Whiteboard Animation Video. Folks have been asking about production processes for these types of videos. I recently did one for the Ken Blanchard Companies, and for such a simple-looking product, it’s actually a fairly complex process. Here’s how this eight-minute video was created, and what it was like to do it: PRE-PRODUCTION: - It all started with a concept meeting… not just what the video will be about, but what they wanted to achieve from it. Ken Blanchard’s new book, Lead With LUV, communicates profound business lessons with a fun-LUVing attitude.

Accordingly, we wanted this project not to be just like other RSA-Style videos… but something unique, different, and FUN that communicates Ken’s message The studio is set up for whiteboard animation Testing and Focus... which is why the cap's still on! You see, in order to stay out of the shot I couldn’t draw normally (where I’d just be standing and drawing.) “Okay, this next shot will go from storyboard page eight, block four, to... ” Well, that’s the story! Creating A Comic Style For Learning.

Sharebar Storytelling and explaining through illustrated characters is an approach that’s gaining respect. Its an appealing and motivating format to many varied audience groups. Find out how to get it right in this interview with Kevin Cheng, author of See What I Mean. (See end of article for a discount code from the publisher.) COACH: What are the visual elements that define a “comic” style? KEVIN: I like how Will Eisner, who coined the term “graphic novel,” calls it “sequential art.” Comics consist of the combination of words and pictures but words are somewhat optional. COACH: What is it about the visual language of comics that makes it effective for communicating ideas?

In terms of communication, when you look at the elements of comics, it’s something we inherently understand—perhaps even before words. Comics are a universal language. Comics are also great at abstracting away details so that readers uses their imagination to focus on what they want. You Can Draw. Sketchnotes. Playthink | Helping you see what you mean. Graphic reflection from somatic healing workshop I work with individuals, meeting facilitators, and presenters to illustrate themes and insights as they emerge, Often the result takes on the form of a conceptual map that invites participation and inspires future actions.

As a graphic recorder, I sketch words, capture themes, and draw images to represent the essential story in a group dialogue as it happens. Using markers on paper, or digitally in my tablet, I record a visual story of your discussions or presentations in real time. These vivid, hand-drawn images create a snapshot of your key concepts, capture threads of your conversation, and create an enduring visual representation of your ideas. Playthink helps organizations, groups and individuals generate ideas, clarify visions, and sustain commitments for the greater good. Contact me at Patricia (at) Why Doodling Is Important — "I Draw Pictures All Day" Advertisement “So, you do nothing all day.” That’s how many people would respond to someone who says they spend the day with a pen or pencil in their hand.

It’s often considered an empty practice, a waste of time. They’re seen as an empty mind puttering along with the busy work of scribbling. But for us designers and artists, drawing pictures all day is integral to our process and to who we are as creative people, and despite the idea that those who doodle waste time, we still get our work done. What does it mean to be a doodler, to draw pictures all day?

What Does It Mean To Doodle? The dictionary defines “doodle” as a verb (“scribble absentmindedly”) and as a noun (“a rough drawing made absentmindedly”). But the author Sunni Brown offers my favorite definition of “doodle” in her TED talk, “Doodlers, unite!” “In the 17th century, a doodle was a simpleton or a fool, as in “Yankee Doodle.” Why Do We Doodle? Consider that even before a child can speak, they can draw pictures. Visual Learners. Want To Spark Innovation? Think Like A Cartoonist.

On a typically warm Southern California weekend in February, 20 of us are gathered at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art for a two-day seminar called "Making Comics. " I’m not a cartoonist, but neither is half the class: There are teachers, engineers, architects, consultants, writers, editors, technologists, musicians, and one 14-year-old wunderkind of an aspiring graphic novelist. We all have at least three things in common: a desire to tell better stories, a love of imagery and visual thinking, and a fascination with the imagination.

We aren't alone in our fascination. Each year nearly 150,000 people attend Comic-Con, the premier event for comics passionistas, manga mavens, anime auteurs, and graphic novel aficionados. "Imagination is the mortar that holds comics together," says the instructor, who is a staple at Comic-Con. His name is Scott McCloud, and he had me at "imagination. " Three days with Scott McCloud will turn your head around. The story is random for a reason. Want To Spark Innovation? Think Like A Cartoonist. Industrial design magazine + resource / Sketchnotes category. "It nearly moved me to tears," a Ford executive once said of a Michael Santoro car design. "It's the best set of proportions I've ever seen on a sedan. " In the early '90s Santoro was an upstart designer largely responsible for turning Chrysler's fortunes around with his radical cab-forward concepts and dropped-headlight-fender trucks, and me and my ID classmates were lucky enough to visit his Detroit studio.

There we saw some of the most mind-blowing ID sketching I've ever seen, all done in one color with a Berol Prismacolor. His line quality was unbelievable: While there were sketch marks all over the page, Santoro could unerringly hit the same curve or corner he wanted to emphasize 40, 50, 60 times, with his precisely built-up strokes creating more pop than a Pepsi factory. I thought of this as I saw, of all things, these "Where People Run" maps released by Dr. Nathan Yau's Flowing Data website. continued... Swimming in Culture Illustration from David Gray's presentation.

Continued... Sketchnotes & Visual Thinking: A Different Way of Note-taking. Recently we had the opportunity to attend the Visual Thinking 101 Workshop with designer and illustrator Craighton Berman at the General Assembly in New York City. Berman started the Core77 Sketchnotes Channel and Coretoons, and he writes about the basics of sketchnoting on his blog. Essentially, sketchnotes are a form of visual note-taking, combining text and images. This is different from graphic facilitation, which is when one person listens to a group and graphically represents the key points of the discussion, such as with ImageThink and Ogilvy Notes. To the contrary, sketchnotes are a personal form of note-taking.

Both, however, use the visual thinking process to design information in real time through words and images to communicate ideas. In most schools today, the current system of note-taking is a linear process and, in many cases, a rote process as well. The visual cues in sketchnotes enhance the recall process. Sketcho Frenzy - Home. Sketcho Frenzy - Home. Sketchnotes: Visual Notetaking Made Simple. Draw together — Design story. You’ll build better products and form stronger partnerships across teams when you learn to draw together. Here’s how: Draw the story When I worked at DreamWorks, every conference room had a pile of blank storyboard pads in the middle of the table. Each conversation or critique started with a drawing and ended with a new drawing—sometimes dozens of drawings—one right on top of the next, drawn and re-drawn by everyone in the room.

Many times I had the pencil pulled out of my hand mid-drawing as my conversation/solution partner had an idea that could not wait another second to jump out. This practice worked for us. Draw to discover When you first start a new project, get in a room with your partners and start to draw: Draw together and draw at the same time. If you can draw a circle… …or a line and a square then you can draw. Here’s why: the goal isn’t to generate an exquisite rendering, the goal is organize placeholders for ideas and talk about how those ideas relate. Draw the problem.

Want To Spark Innovation? Think Like A Cartoonist. Resident Artists. Sketchnotes. Sketchnotes. I had a great time watching the Artst Tlk interview with Spike Lee. Here's what got my attention during their conversation: "I didn't choose film, film chose me" For some reason it reminds me of one of Oprah's Lifeclass lessons about listening to the whispers of life. Life leaves you clues as to what your unique path to success might be and, if you pay attention and take that route, you'll be successful.

It's fascinating how Lee's career as a film maker started seemingly by fluke or a series of convenient coincidences. Everything seemed to have happen in order for him to become a film maker. Had he not made the decision to "go for it", he might not have ended up as successful as he is. "Whatever you do, if you do what you love, you are blessed" When we were discussing about what we wanted to be when we grow up, I didn't really understand the "do what you love" ideology. "That's the Muse when it visits. [...] I love how "the Muse" is a recurring topic for many successful people. Why Doodling Is Important — "I Draw Pictures All Day"

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The Electric Scribe | Alphachimp University. Rock the Monkey: Joe Hudicka on Collaborative Design Conversations | Alphachimp University. Sacha chua :: living an awesome life. Simple CoDrawing Exercise. SketchBook Pro - Drawing App. The Sketchnote Podcast. How to draw 40 Expressions in one go. Peter senge — kelvy bird. M4_Scribing_Wall_Tabloid.jpg (JPEG Image, 5100 × 952 pixels) - Scaled (37%) RESOURCES >> Jeannel King, Graphic Recording and Visual Meeting FacilitationJeannel King – Big Picture Solutions. Online Diagramming and Flowcharting Tool. Photo Pin : Free Photos for Your Blog or Website via Creative Commons. Doodles. IFVP Community. Brain scans reveal the power of art.

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What I Made. Model for Online Courses. Visual recording on the iPad, illustrated – Ninmah Meets World. BLOGS for Collaborative Learning & Peer Review, @calanthaelsby #tli2012. Visual Recording. Rachel Smith's Photostream. Christina Merkley's Make Your Mark Resource Links. Royal Roads MALT Map 2. Wendi Friesen. Infographics. 8-secrets-1.jpg (JPEG Image, 960 × 555 pixels) Sunni Brown: Doodlers, unite! Alltop - Top Infographics News. Mindflash Infographic: How Different Employees Survive A Workplace Meeting. Alphachimp Studio Inc. - Home. Visual Literacy: An E-Learning Tutorial on Visualization for Communication, Engineering and Business.

Visual Literacy: An E-Learning Tutorial on Visualization for Communication, Engineering and Business. Napkin Academy | Learn to solve any problem with a simple picture.


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