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Five glorious presentations on visual thinking

Five glorious presentations on visual thinking
Do you think in words or pictures, or both? Visual thinking engages the part of the brain that handles visual processing, and is said to be both "emotional and creative" so you can "organise information in an intuitive and simultaneous way". A picture really might be worth a thousand words, while being easier to understand and recall. Therefore it is worth exploring how visual thinking can help you communicate ideas to colleagues and clients. I have collated a few presentations to help you do exactly that. Visual Thinking By Chris Finlay. An Introduction to Visual Thinking By Ryan Coleman. The Value of Visual Thinking in Social Business By David Armano. The ten and a half commandments of visual thinking Via whatidiscover. Visual and Creative Thinking: What We Learned From Peter Pan and Willy Wonka By Kelsey Ruger. [Joyous visual thinking image by jonny goldstein via Flickr, various rights reserved]

Making Good Lessons Great: Incorporating Multiple Iintelligences and Creative Thinking into Everyday Lesson Plans « clearings by Betty K. Wood and Andrew L. Hunt, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Sarah C. Wood-Jenkins, Ball State University I didn’t find anything very revolutionary here except this quote which I shall bear in mind (lay-out is mine): ‘One model for teaching the skill of creative thinking involves: fluency flexibility originalityelaboration‘ “The following linear representation of a problem-solving thought process, developed by Puccio, Murdock, and Mance (2005), provides an excellent example of how characteristics and behaviors of Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking operate.” Source: Like this: Like Loading...

50 Great Examples of Data Visualization Wrapping your brain around data online can be challenging, especially when dealing with huge volumes of information. And trying to find related content can also be difficult, depending on what data you’re looking for. But data visualizations can make all of that much easier, allowing you to see the concepts that you’re learning about in a more interesting, and often more useful manner. Below are 50 of the best data visualizations and tools for creating your own visualizations out there, covering everything from Digg activity to network connectivity to what’s currently happening on Twitter. Music, Movies and Other Media Narratives 2.0 visualizes music. Liveplasma is a music and movie visualization app that aims to help you discover other musicians or movies you might enjoy. Tuneglue is another music visualization service. MusicMap is similar to TuneGlue in its interface, but seems slightly more intuitive. Digg, Twitter, Delicious, and Flickr Internet Visualizations

Social media: the best and worst of 2009 | Blog Social media growth continued to accelerate this year, with more brands integrating social channels into their marketing campaigns. There are some amazing examples of truly innovative, forward-thinking brands that have effectively used social media to connect with their customers, build engagement and create buzz. However, with just as many companies jumping on the proverbial bandwagon (in an arguably over-hyped space), it’s clear that some brands still “just do not get it". Here we look back at some of the best (and worst) examples of social media in 2009. Before we look at the examples themselves, it’s important to keep in mind some social media ground rules. Although these social media basics may seem like common sense, as companies continue to experiment, it’s inevitable that they will make mistakes. Let’s start on a positive note… Why it works: Informative, adds value and builds engagement with a brand that advocates feel passionate about. 2) Compare the Meerkat 3) Zappos on Twitter

A Computer-Model for the Creative Process Beyond Simple Brainstorming « Visualizing the Invisible To build computer systems which particularly support creativity, an abstract process model is necessary. Most creativity support systems used in practice, so far only address a simple gathering of ideas in the style of a less-strict version of the Brainstorming-technique. Our main goal was, to find a more generic model which allows for the instantiation of more complex creativity techniques. This model will be explained within this article. The creative process is most commonly described as a linear phase model. Figure 1 shows the model which we design especially for the use within a computer system. This entry was posted on September 20, 2010, 10:25 am and is filed under Tools&Methods.

10 steps to help you become a social media ninja | Blog | Econsu Agile and precise, packed with skills of stealth, quick reactions, passion, and specialist tactics for whatever the circumstances demand. This generally sums up what people imagine ninjas to be all about and, in digital marketing, everyone wants to be one, in one form or another. But what pointers do you need to follow to train yourself to engage in the ongoing battleground of social media? 1. Preparation You need to do your homework. Once these have been established, then you can figure out what place (if at all) social media has in helping reach your objectives. 2. As the adage goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. In creating any online presence, levels of trust need to be established. Be patient and don’t panic. 3. Your chosen social media weapons should be selected by your strategy, objectives and overall business structure. There’s a lot of choice out there, but more importantly, there’s also a lot of advice to help you choose what might be best and how to use it effectively. 4. 5. 6.

Creativity Rocks! There are few things that are more satisfying than coming up with a creative solution to a vexing problem. In fact, the feeling you get from finding a clever way out of a mess, of seeing old things in a new ways, or of making something from nothing can be wonderfully addictive. Unfortunatley, most people aren't encouraged to be creative in their everyday lives. They are given very specific instructions about what to do, whether in school or at work, and are measured by how accurately they replicate what others have done. Below are some of my favorite video clips of thought leaders talking about the value of creative problem solving. Tom Kelley of IDEO talks about the habits you can adopt to make yourself more creative: Marrisa Mayer of Google talking about the importance of contraints in stimulating creativity: My favorite video clip of venture capitalist, Vinod Khosla, talking about how all problems are opportunities

Does social media activity really help SEO? | Blog | Econsultanc As the buzz around social media gets even noisier, it has been fascinating to watch search agencies stake a claim to this territory and reposition themselves accordingly. But how closely do SEO and social media really fit together? We spoke to several leading search agency figures to get their perspective. With the likes of bigmouthmedia, iCrossing and Guava promoting the marriage of social media and SEO, and running integrated campaigns for their clients, I was interested to hear Warren Cowan, CEO of Greenlight, another leading search agency, singing from a different hymn sheet. Cowan, with some carefully considered arguments, plays down the importance of social media for search engine optimisation, and makes it clear that his agency will stay focused on what might be termed “traditional SEO”. “I do think social sites have some shoulder-brushing with SEO," he says. Andrew Girdwood, head of search at bigmouthmedia, says: “Search and social are joined at the hip.

Myths of Right-Brained Creativity "I'm not creative. I'm very left-brained." "My teachers killed my creativity ." As a creativity consultant, I often hear such comments. {*style:<b>MYTH #1: CREATIVITY = RIGHT HEMISPHERE </b>*}A recent study showed that a function of visual thinking is not solely a function of the right hemisphere. The puzzle required that architecture students visualize certain existing geometric shapes and if when assembled formed either a square or a rectangle. I think this assumption stems in part from an over-simplification of especially Roger Sperry's work in the 1960s on the split-brain hypothesis. We now know that creativity as well as—on the flip side—rational decisions are more whole-brained activities than some of us would like to imagine. {*style:<b>MYTH #2: LOGICAL PROBLEM-SOLVING = LEFT HEMISPHERE </b>*}The reverse is also true. Emotions are not, though, a strictly right-hemispheric function. Pure logical problems might not seem to require much novelty. {*style:<b>MYTH #3: CREATIVITY = A HA!

10 badass social media visualisations | Blog When it comes to social media you might be busy trying to separate the opportunity from the bullshit, such are the interstellar levels of hype and associated jargon that are plaguing this space. Nevertheless, I for one believe that a solid social media strategy can make a real difference to your business, helping you to drive engagement in order to boost customer satisfaction, retention, and profits. But that's not to say it will be easy: there's a lot to figure out and each company has different needs (and challenges to overcome). They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I thought I'd aggregate a few of the social media visualisations I've spotted in the past few weeks to help you make some mental leaps of faith, or use in your internal pitches, or otherwise determine that it's all a bunch of hot air, as you see fit. Caveat: some of these are more badass than others! Social Media ROI [by Intersection Consulting] Social Media Landscape [by Ivan Walsh] Tools and Methods of Social Media