Visual thinking school Visual thinking is a way to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate. It’s a way to expand your range and capacity by going beyond the linear world of the written word, list and spreadsheet, and entering the non-linear world of complex spacial relationships, networks, maps and diagrams. It’s also about using tools — like pen and paper, index cards and software tools — to externalize your internal thinking processes, making them more clear, explicit and actionable. Why is visual thinking important? There’s more information at your fingertips than ever before, and yet people are overwhelmed by it. When faced with too much information we shut down. We think in pictures. Think you can’t draw? Squiggle birds (I learned squiggle birds from my friend Chris Glynn). So why is visual thinking important? The whirl. Visualization is increasingly used in business and science to simplify complexity: a picture is worth a thousand words. This is a fallacy. How to draw a car.
Name Every Shade of the Rainbow With This 'Color Thesaurus' Driving along the highway in Didcot, England, you may notice something strange: the road signs point the way to places like Neverland and Middle-earth. The names of these and other fictional locales from literature were seamlessly added to road signs by an artist/prankster using Transport Medium, the official font of British road signs. After some sleuthing, BBC News found the man responsible, who spoke to the outlet on the condition of anonymity. Oxfordshire County Council isn't laughing; it told the BBC that although the signs were "on the surface amusing," they were "vandalism" and potentially dangerous, since it would be hard for a driver who spotted one not to do a double take while their eyes were supposed to be on the road. Jackie Billington, Didcot's mayor, recognizes that the signs have an upside. There are five altered signs in total. See the signs here and in the video below. [h/t BBC News]
La prise de notes et son exploitation - Les Amphis de France 5 La prise de notes et son exploitation La prise de notes doit être un outil au service d'un travail efficace, qu'il est utile d'améliorer. Elle est le reflet de ce qu'on a besoin de savoir. Capter la parole, fixer l'essentiel par écrit, ce n'est pas tout noter, mais faire des choix, décider sans hésitation. Voir l'ensemble des programmes de la collection "des méthodes pour apprendre" : La gestion du temps Générique Émission conçue et préparée par Régine Acquier / Université Montpellier 1 Réalisée avec le soutien du Ministère de l'Éducation Nationale, de la Recherche et de la Technologie / Direction de la Technologie.
Six ways I’m learning how to get better at drawing sketchnotes Joel wanted to know if I could share any tips on kickstarting and continuing sketching practice, so I thought about my process for getting better at drawing. Here it is! Collect inspiration: With the growing popularity of sketchnotes and visual communication, there are plenty of great examples on the Net. I look for inspiration elsewhere, too. Compile a notebook: I use Microsoft OneNote to collect parts of the different images that inspire me: title treatments, visual metaphors, colour combinations, techniques, and so on. Build a library: Background templates, reference photos, and reusable elements (parts of past drawings, for example) help me work more quickly. Because Autodesk Sketchbook Pro is a raster program, I lose some detail when I scale images up and down. Colour combinations are good to save, too. I’m also working on creating my own brushes for certain effects. Experiment: There’s so much to experiment with and learn. I’m a long way off from settling into one style.
Identify a Lie with 6 Simple Questions post written by: Marc Chernoff Email We all fall victim to at least a few lies during the course of our lifetime. A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.- Mark Twain How do you know this? If you enjoyed this article, check out our new best-selling book. And get inspiring life tips and quotes in your inbox (it's free)... Color Psychology by David Johnson Like death and taxes, there is no escaping color. It is ubiquitous. Yet what does it all mean? Colors often have different meanings in various cultures. Black Black is the color of authority and power. White Brides wear white to symbolize innocence and purity. Red The most emotionally intense color, red stimulates a faster heartbeat and breathing. The most romantic color, pink, is more tranquilizing. Blue The color of the sky and the ocean, blue is one of the most popular colors. Green Currently the most popular decorating color, green symbolizes nature. Yellow Cheerful sunny yellow is an attention getter. Purple The color of royalty, purple connotes luxury, wealth, and sophistication. Brown Solid, reliable brown is the color of earth and is abundant in nature. Colors of the Flag In the U.S. flag, white stands for purity and innocence. Food for Thought While blue is one of the most popular colors it is one of the least appetizing.
La prise de notes (site canadien) Avez-vous de la difficulté à écouter le professeur et à prendre des notes en même temps? Trouvez-vous difficile de lire ou de comprendre les notes de cours que vous avez prises? Avez-vous de la difficulté à demeurer attentif en classe? Êtes-vous parfois dans la lune durant vos cours? Avez-vous déjà quitté un cours sans pouvoir vous rappeler la matière présentée? Prendre des notes utiles est essentiel pour bien étudier. Voici quelques renseignements et conseils qui vous aideront à développer de meilleures méthodes de prise de notes. Sujets abordés : 1. Saviez-vous que les concepts les plus importants et les plus difficiles à comprendre sont habituellement abordés en classe par les professeurs? C’est un fait : 30 minutes après la fin d’un cours, vous oubliez 50 % de la connaissance transmise. Source : Bégin, C. (1992). Bien entendu, vos notes de cours ne devraient pas être votre seule source de référence. 2. Voici quelques conseils complémentaires pour une bonne prise de notes : 3. 4.
Sketchnote Army Today Is Your Day To Win Collection: Visual thinking Resources — Sketchnotes by Eva-Lotta Lamm How-to-draw videos by Dave Gray Bill Verplank on interaction design RSA Animate Sunni Brown's TED talk on doodling Visual Mnemonics, Picture Superiority EffectW. Doodling enhances concentrationAndrade, J. (2009): What does doodling do? Doodling should be encouraged in boring meetings, claims psychologist, guardian.co.uk, 2009 What You Draw Is Good Enough – FREE eBook by Jeannel King
Time on the Brain: How You Are Always Living In the Past, and Other Quirks of Perception I always knew we humans have a rather tenuous grip on the concept of time, but I never realized quite how tenuous it was until a couple of weeks ago, when I attended a conference on the nature of time organized by the Foundational Questions Institute. This meeting, even more than FQXi’s previous efforts, was a mashup of different disciplines: fundamental physics, philosophy, neuroscience, complexity theory. Crossing academic disciplines may be overrated, as physicist-blogger Sabine Hossenfelder has pointed out, but it sure is fun. Like Sabine, I spend my days thinking about planets, dark matter, black holes—they have become mundane to me. But brains—now there’s something exotic. Neuroscientist Kathleen McDermott of Washington University began by quoting famous memory researcher Endel Tulving, who called our ability to remember the past and to anticipate the future “mental time travel.” Tellingly, not only can he not recall the past, he can’t envision the future. Alas, they couldn’t.
10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don't Suck: Pt.1 | Design Shack - StumbleUpon Powerpoint has produced more bad design in its day that perhaps any other digital tool in history with the possible exception of Microsoft paint. In this post we’re going to address the epidemic of bad presentation design with ten super practical tips for designer better looking and more professional presentations. Along the way we’ll see a number of awesome slide designs from Note & Point along with some custom examples built by yours truly. Let’s get started! Also be sure to check out 10 Tips for Designing Presentations That Don’t Suck: Pt.2! Not a Designer? Most of the content on this site is targeted specifically towards professional designers and developers, or at the very least those interested in getting started in this field. You’ve chosen a visual tool to communicate and should therefore take the time to learn a thing or two about visual communications. Follow the ten tips below and see if you don’t start getting comments about your awesome presentation design skills. Kuler Piknik