Is sketching by hand more than a nostalgic activity? How is paper any different from a screen, especially when hardware is becoming more and more sophisticated? Is improving your hand-sketching skills really worthwhile when high-tech software is advancing every day? What difference can a pencil possibly make?
VOICEBOARD is a voice and gesture controlled application which helps you give unique presentations. Use your hands and voice to engage with interactive media, such as 3D models, maps, webpages, to wow your audience. Jump through content freely using your voice, keeping your audience engaged, without leaving the stage.
I was recently asked to give some advice on how to go about teaching a Visual Thinking and Storytelling course and realized I had a lot to offer, but had never condensed it into a synopsis/example listing. So here is version 1.0 of my recommendations (version 2.0 will be coming soon) I use the Rule from The Back of the Napkin to cast an overview of the kinds of ways we see and show information, but I also use a lot of ideas from service design thinking to engage students with ideas about storytelling and diagraming out problems.
On Eun-ju, CEO of Social Frog, a South Korean start-up, was quick to name names that could help explain her specialty: Einstein, Da Vinci, Picasso and Jobs. She told The Korea Herald that she grouped these figures together because they represent the power of drawing. Though how much drawing played a part is arguable, it is widely thought that Einstein used visualization to come up with his theory of relativity....
Communication is one of the most important skills anyone can have, in business and in life. As individuals and as a species, I believe we will be happier and more productive if we can improve our ability to communicate. This blog is dedicated to that effort. Join the conversation! Dave Gray is the Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, the visual thinking company. Founded in 1993, XPLANE has grown to be the world’s leading consulting and design firm focused on information-driven communications. Dave’s time is spent researching and writing on visual business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops to corporate clients.
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Interesting article by Dave Gray. There are some good videos if your scroll down the page and an excellent presentation on how to map cultures. Mapping culture is a great way of helping coaching clients get clarity around their context.
Sunni Brown, 36, is one of a number of consultants who have built a career around the ... conviction: that doodles help us think and perform better. Even when the art is off-topic, Ms. Brown believes, the added stimulation can anchor a drawer in the present.
The Cynefin Framework is central to Cognitive Edge methods and tools. It allows executives to see things from new viewpoints, assimilate complex concepts, and address real-world problems and opportunities. Using the Cynefin framework can help executives sense which context they are in so that they can not only make better decisions but also avoid the problems that arise when their preferred management style causes them to make mistakes.
Cynefin, pronounced kuh-nev-in, is a Welsh word that signifies the multiple factors in our environment and our experience that influence us in ways we can never understand. Details can be found here http://cognitive-edge.com/education
[O]ften... people focus too much on the visuals, text and fancy containers but neglect the structure of their doodle/sketchnote/infodoodle [delete where appropriate] . This is a mistake. It is the structure that holds it all together and can really lift the peice. While you can get away with this when doodling for your self, when we are talking about communicating ideas this is essential.
Templates are one of the key tools of visual coaching. A key piece of advice in the final part of this excellent series is to be cautious about templates reducing flexibility. The writer says, "For this reason I prefer not to use ready printed or pre-prepared charts, but, rather have template designs committed to memory or recorded in a notebook that I can then reproduce as I need them." This is a good caution and means creating lots of opportunities to experiment with the various templates so when you do use them you can do so r seamlessly. Personally I have had great success using pre-prepared charts. I have had to change tack when the need arose.