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How to Unlock Your Creativity with Visual Thinking | Lateral Action

How to Unlock Your Creativity with Visual Thinking | Lateral Action | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

Visual thinking is one of the most powerful tools you can add to your skill set. It can help you to increase your influence and impact in your work and, more importantly, differentiate you in the eyes of the people whom you serve.

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Visual thinking is about using pictures to help you solve problems, think about complex issues and communicate more effectively. -- Dave Gray
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Why and how communicators should create infographics

Why and how communicators should create infographics | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

Infographics are a smart content feature. They provide lots of valuable information and tips in a visually inspiring form.

How can you create great infographics that will captivate your audience and clearly communicate your brand message?

Here's a guide to making the most from this innovative medium.

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Essential Guide to Visual Thinking for E-Learning

Essential Guide to Visual Thinking for E-Learning | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Here are two common challenges when building online training courses: knowing what content needs to be in the course and then having the right visuals to support the learning of that content. One way to overcome these challenges is to increase your visual thinking skills. You’ll learn to focus on the right content and then find the right visuals to support what you’re teaching.
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Art exhibition: ‘Drawing can help artists become innovative’

Art exhibition: ‘Drawing can help artists  become innovative’ | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The idea that drawing as an independent discipline is traditional and cannot be a modern art form is false. Art students need to learn the skill to be innovative and creative, says National College of Arts Principal Murtaza Jafri.
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4 Great Reasons to Doodle at Work

4 Great Reasons to Doodle at Work | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
It depends on the kind of meeting you're having, and the people who are attending it, but under the right circumstances doodling can be a great thing to do at work.

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(From the Article): Creativity is important for solving problems, coming up with new ideas, and processing information. It's a valuable trait in the workplace, and something many employers value and encourage. One of the main benefits of doodling is that it heightens creativity. Through freeing your mind of common, linear, linguistic-based thinking, information is able to be processed in unique ways and the ability to look at situations from different angles and perspectives is increased.

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Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Report 2015

Biggerplate Annual Mind Map Report 2015 | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The 2015 report draws upon data and statistics gathered over the year at Biggerplate.com, and combines these with the results of our Annual Mind Map Survey that took place at the end of 2014. Over 1,000 people participated in the survey, and the result is an unrivaled insight into the mind mapping sector, and one that we are delighted to be sharing with you!
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First look: Adonit's Forge app is built for iPad brainstorming

First look: Adonit's Forge app is built for iPad brainstorming | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Adonit’s chief design officer, Peiter Buick, explained to me that Forge was inspired by employees within the company, built to duplicate the iterative process of storyboarding, sketching, and pinning ideas from every possible source onto your office wall.
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This Is A Memory Champion's One Trick To Remember Everything

This Is A Memory Champion's One Trick To Remember Everything | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
To boost our memory-storing powers we have to get visual and specific, writer and US Memory Champion Joshua Foer says in a recent TED talk.
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Want to learn something better? Draw it

Want to learn something better? Draw it | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
When you're trying to learn, do something with your new knowledge, such as summarising it or explaining it to someone else. This deepens your memories and helps integrate what you've learned with what you already knew. A new study has tested the benefits of another beneficial learning activity - drawing.
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Excellent Video Tutorials to Help You Sketchnote on iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Video Tutorials to Help You Sketchnote on iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
After posting about top iPad apps for creating sketchnotes, I received a couple of requests for sharing video tutorials on sketchnoting on iPad. The videos below are probably the best tutorials you would find out there.
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Here's Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity

Here's Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The author of The Doodle Revolution explains how this common "time waster" is really a creative launch-pad.
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Le Geste — the antidote to standardisation in visual thinking? — Visual Thinking in Business — Medium

Le Geste — the antidote to standardisation in visual thinking? — Visual Thinking in Business — Medium | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
On a larger scale you can say that le geste stands for non-verbal communication. Like in the way someone points or pinches his chin with his hand to indicate he is thinking. By the way, it is no surprise that the stylish French lifestyle has a word for it.
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Broadening the idea of what #visualthinking really means.

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Hand-Sketching: Things You Didn't Know Your Doodles Could Accomplish - Smashing Magazine

Hand-Sketching: Things You Didn't Know Your Doodles Could Accomplish - Smashing Magazine | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
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?
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Teaching Art, Or Teaching To Think Like An Artist?

Teaching Art, Or Teaching To Think Like An Artist? | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

Be creative. Curious. Seek questions. Develop ideas. Play.


Are You Teaching Content, Or Teaching Thought? The video below from Cindy Foley frames that idea through the “content area” of art, asking the question, “Should we be teaching art, or teaching students to think like artists?”

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How to Apply Visual Thinking Skills to Your E-Learning Courses

How to Apply Visual Thinking Skills to Your E-Learning Courses | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
In a previous post, we discussed visual thinking concepts and where they fit with elearning design. Now, let’s look at ways to practice sketching your ideas so that you’re able to move past understanding the concepts and actually applying them to your course.
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The Squiggle Birds visual thinking exerciseVizWorld.com | VizWorld.com

The Squiggle Birds visual thinking exerciseVizWorld.com | VizWorld.com | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Dave Gray, well-known visual thinker and author, demonstrates an easy and fun exercise in visual thinking, especially helpful for anyone who says they can’t draw.
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17 Visualization Tools to Make Your Data Beautiful

You don’t need to be a seasoned data scientist or have a degree in graphic design in order to create incredible data visualisations.

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5 Core Skills of Disruptive, Visual-Thinking Innovators

5 Core Skills of Disruptive, Visual-Thinking Innovators | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
“Visual thinking is the foundation for being creative and solving some of the most complex problems,” explained author and founder of Innovation Studio Lisa Kay Solomon. Solomon and Emily Shepard of The Graphic Distillery discussed the key role of visual thinking in innovation at a recent Stanford GSB Mastery in Communication Initiative talk. Below, they share five visual-thinking based skills that disruptive innovators must master:
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Essential Guide to Visual Thinking for E-Learning

Essential Guide to Visual Thinking for E-Learning | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Here are two common challenges when building online training courses: knowing what content needs to be in the course and then having the right visuals to support the learning of that content. One way to overcome these challenges is to increase your visual thinking skills. You’ll learn to focus on the right content and then find the right visuals to support what you’re teaching.
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An Introduction to Systems Thinking and Wicked Problem Solving™“Draw

An Introduction to Systems Thinking and Wicked Problem Solving™“Draw | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

DrawToast workshops are a great way to get groups to think freshly about mental models. In just 3 minutes, each person sketches a diagram of how to make toast. When comparing diagrams, people are shocked at how diverse the diagrams are, revealing a wide range of models of what's important in making toast. It's a great launch pad for  drawing out what's really important to the group.

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Experts Share Visual Content Mistakes to Avoid

Experts Share Visual Content Mistakes to Avoid | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
As the value of visual content grows and design tools become inexpensive, many marketers churn out mediocre graphics that get ignored. Seven experts share how to avoid mistakes and create successful visual content marketing.
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5 Ways to Market Yourself Visually - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics

5 Ways to Market Yourself Visually - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Visuals communicate complex ideas into something more digestible. Large amounts of text make it harder for our brains to find pertinent information in a timely manner. This problem can be remedied quite easily, by adding images and visuals into marketing yourself.
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5 Core Skills of Disruptive, Visual-Thinking Innovators

5 Core Skills of Disruptive, Visual-Thinking Innovators | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

“Visual thinking is the foundation for being creative and solving some of the most complex problems,” explained author and founder of Innovation Studio Lisa Kay Solomon. 


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Here's Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity

Here's Why, How, And What You Should Doodle To Boost Your Memory And Creativity | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The author of The Doodle Revolution explains how this common "time waster" is really a creative launch-pad.

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Uncovering an Enigma Wrapped in a Doodle

Uncovering an Enigma Wrapped in a Doodle | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

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.

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