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Creative Cartography: 7 Must-Read Books on Maps

Creative Cartography: 7 Must-Read Books on Maps | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
From tattoos to Thomas More's Utopia, or what Moby Dick has to do with the nature of time.

We're obsessed with maps -- a fundamental sens

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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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Connected Communities and the Rise of Visual Literacy

Connected Communities and the Rise of Visual Literacy | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The medium of visual communication was once reserved for those who could afford expensive cameras and education in tedious chemical processes. Now 90% of young Americans have the tools for instant visual communication- like the printing press, the smartphone has democratized a medium of communication, ushering in an era of unprecedented creative growth.
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Sketching with Data Opens the Mind’s Eye

Sketching with Data Opens the Mind’s Eye | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The first storyboards for Close Encounters of the Third Kind were drawn by Steven Spielberg, who used stick figures. Artist Edward Carlson penciled his vision for Seattle’s Space Needle on a napkin in a coffee house. The inventors of Super Mario Brothers designed their video game, square by square, on graph paper.

Complex ideas begin as simple drawings. And data-visualization—the use of visual tools to analyze and present information— is no exception.
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How Graphic Facilitation is Agile

How Graphic Facilitation is Agile | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Graphic facilitation is Agile. Working Agile and graphic facilitation are processes about adaptability, speed and coordination.

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Dissecting How to Choose the Right Chart

Dissecting How to Choose the Right Chart | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Because there can be so many different ways to visualize your data, it helps to have a basic guideline to follow.
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How Your Brain Understands Visual Language

How Your Brain Understands Visual Language | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The word "imagination" definitely suggests that we can also think in images. Visual language is defined as a system of communication using visual elements.The term visual language in relation to vision describes the perception, comprehension, and production of visible signs. Just as people can verbalize their thinking, they can visualize it. A diagram, a map, and a painting are all examples of uses of visual language. Its structural units include line, shape, color, form, motion, texture, pattern, direction, orientation, scale, angle, space, and proportion.
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5 Ways Doodling Improves Learning And Creativity - InformED

5 Ways Doodling Improves Learning And Creativity - InformED | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

Do you still think doodling is a waste of time? Does it mean someone isn’t paying attention?


Well, it’s time to change your mind. Doodling and drawing can actually help you process, retain, and share information.

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FiftyThree debuts Think Kit toolset for its Paper iPad app

FiftyThree debuts Think Kit toolset for its Paper iPad app | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
FiftyThree has launched Think Kit, a set of new tools for its Paper for iPad app that focus on quickly creating presentations and ideas. Think Kit specializes in drawing precise shapes and connectors to create visuals that can be exported to presentation software or shared with colleagues.
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Learning Graphic Facilitation – 8th Element by Bigger Picture - YouTube

Here is the third video in our “Guide to Graphic Facilitation Series”: The 8th Element.

The first two videos were about basic elements on how to learn to draw and what tools to bring along when facilitating visually. The 8th Element is a guide to create your own visual language specific to your area of work. Having learnt the 7 elements you just have to add and grow your own visual language. With three simple steps and tips you are able to list, categorise and finally draw your visual language. This video guides you in how to draw icons for things, people, places, processes and concepts.

For background stories about the videos, visit our blog: http://www.blog.biggerpicture.dk/
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The 3 best mind map tools for online use, and why they work

The 3 best mind map tools for online use, and why they work | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Mind-mapping can get more out of all sorts of problem-solving. Brainstorming, planning, note-taking, research… But it’s also good for presenting complex information with ease, and it’s such a break from PowerPoint.
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Three practical ways to shape visual conversations

Three practical ways to shape visual conversations | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
So just in case you feel like having visual conversations is still out of reach for you. . . here are some easy tools to help you get the hang of it! In my book Draw Forth, I talk about my Top 12 Go-To Conversation Shapers. . . here are three of my favs from that list.
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How to Create an Infographic in Under an Hour [+10 Free Templates]

How to Create an Infographic in Under an Hour [+10 Free Templates] | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

Wouldn't it be great if creating infographics was just as simple as writing regular ole text-based blog posts? Unfortunately, the reality is that making visual content like this usually takes a lot more time, effort, and let's face it -- skill -- than the written word. 

 

Usually.But considering the popularity and effectiveness of visual content in marketing today, you can't just afford to throw in the towel. That's why we decided to take all the pain and suffering out of infographic creation. 

 

Seriously -- don't throw in the towel just yet. You, too, can create professional-looking, high-quality infographics ... quickly! And I'm going to prove it. First things first ...


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, April 11, 1:09 PM

You can download 10 powerpoint free templates:

http://offers.hubspot.com/how-to-create-infographics-in-powerpoint


Carmen Ramos's curator insight, April 12, 12:36 PM

Infographiken erstellen einfach gemacht, mit Power Point

Lori Wilk's curator insight, April 14, 10:04 AM

It's great to have tools to make your more #effective and #efficient that allows you to improve your #productivity. Execellent to help us to learn about creating #infographics

 

 

 

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Not Just another Visio Diagram

Not Just another Visio Diagram | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The magic for me happened when I replaced my Visio boxes with these pictures and I didn’t need to spend ages scouring the internet for random pictures, which lacked consistency of style or feel.
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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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Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning

Schools Need to Include More Visual-Based Learning | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

When asked what my first language is, I often answer, “visual.” I think in images, prefer to be taught through images, and like to express what I know through images. I find it disconcerting that as learners progress to the higher grades, there is less use of images and visuals to teach concepts.

The power of the use of vision for learning is emphasized by developmental molecular biologist, John Medina, where in his publication, Brain Rules, he states:

Vision Trumps All Other Senses

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Top 11 Wonderful Tools for Designers To Create Infographics

Top 11 Wonderful Tools for Designers To Create Infographics | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
For all the importance we place on text, it’s an indisputable fact that images are processed in the brain faster than words. Hence the rise and rise of the infographic which, at its best, transforms complex information into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. No wonder magazine readers and web visitors love them.

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Infographics make wonderful projects for your students. 

Chris Carter's curator insight, July 10, 10:43 PM

To quote the inimitable Hans Rosling, "You have to look at the data!"

Sue Walsh's curator insight, July 12, 7:45 PM

Some nice Infographic tools to try and some of them have options of quick start videos or quick start instructions/hints.

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What I've learned about sketchnoting

What I've learned about sketchnoting | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Sketch noting is all the rage. I don’t profess to be any good at it and the proof will definitely be in the pudding when you see some of my designs below but I’m learning! There are a variety of apps available that can help you and four of the most popular are; the awesome Paper by 53 (free with no IAP – in-app purchases), Tayusai Sketches (free, but with IAPs which give you extra tools), Forge by Adonit (free, but with IAPs which give you unlimited projects), Flipink (£1.49 but no IAPs) and Adobe Sketch (free but with Creative Cloud storage @ £1.49).
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Beyond Tufte — Next Big Sound — Medium

Beyond Tufte — Next Big Sound — Medium | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Edward Tufte, the patron saint of information visualization, has published four legendary books. Here are nine more indispensable favorites about visualizing information.
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Applying visual techniques to med school lessons

Applying visual techniques to med school lessons | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Quick! When a person is deprived of oxygen, which part of the brain is damaged first?

When Michael Natter learned the answer - the hippocampus, among other key regions - he promptly drew a cartoon of a dopey hippopotamus hooked to an oxygen tank.

Artist's sketchbook in hand, Natter, 29, is drawing his way through medical school at Thomas Jefferson University. He says his art helps him remember and digest the torrent of information.
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The Magic of Graphic Recording: Turning Live Talks into Visual Content

The Magic of Graphic Recording: Turning Live Talks into Visual Content | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

Some people are better able to translate (and recall) information when visuals are involved. For Kelly, graphic recording is a no-brainer compared to taking primarily text-based notes. “Drawing simple pictures is actually a much quicker and more efficient way to capture ideas than to capture them word-for-word,” she says. “Ability and practice make it easier for other people to interpret your drawings, too.

 

To create this visual content, graphic recorders listen for key ideas in a conversation. They’re trained to recognize verbal cues to identify these key ideas and quickly replicate them through drawings. This skill helps them to capture the essence of a live presentation in a short amount of time — a feature that seems to enthrall audiences both online and in-person. Graphic recordings are so fresh, in fact, that much of their appeal resides in watching the process itself unfold...


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Graphic recording marries words and images to convey an idea. The best part? The process happens live, usually at professional events where attendees can watch and learn.

Louise Quo Vadis's curator insight, November 26, 2013 2:50 PM

Well there is an idea. I like that very much. My ADD mind likes it too. Worth taking a look at this article.

 

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▶ Draw Your Future - Patti Dobrowolski TED - YouTube

http://uxmastery.com This is an infodoodle about a book about infodoodles. Meta enough for you? * Music by http://podingtonbear.com * Buy this book on Amazon...

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Mind Mapping Out the Box: Are You an Information Cartographer? PART I - via @Mindjet's Conspire #ideasquad

Mind Mapping Out the Box: Are You an Information Cartographer? PART I - via @Mindjet's Conspire #ideasquad | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Angus McDonald discusses why mind maps are pictures with a purpose, and how mind mapping software exposes the world's information cartographers.
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14 Brilliant Uses for Mind Maps – Engage Your Whole Brain

14 Brilliant Uses for Mind Maps – Engage Your Whole Brain | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
In “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci”, Michael J. Gelb explains that by using mind mapping regularly, you can train yourself to be a more balanced thinker, like da Vinci. Gelb adds that mind mapping stimulates both brain hemispheres: it lets you develop a logical sequence and detailed organization of your material, while encouraging imagination and spontaneity. In fact, he explains that the note-taking styles of many of history’s geniuses feature a branching, organic structure complemented by lots of sketches, creative doodles, and keywords.
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How to Create Your Own Hand-Drawn Graphics

How to Create Your Own Hand-Drawn Graphics | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
One advantage of visual thinking is learning to see the concepts and how to express them to others. Another advantage is that you gain the skills to create real assets that can be used in your elearning courses.

Today we’ll look at ways to create your own hand-drawn graphics. And of course you can always download some free hand-drawn graphics in the community:
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The Iceberg

The Iceberg | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The iceberg model, used in system dynamics, is a base note to our scribing practice. To diagnose a room and reveal where sense-making of the spoken word is most needed, we can refer to these tiers: Events, Patterns of Behaviors, Structure, Mental Models, and Vision. With this framework, we surface leverage points where the system – and the scribe – can place attention to facilitate desired outcomes.
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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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