Half the human brain is dedicated to the task of attaching meaning to visual signals, and we've been underusing it. But now it's time for pictures to have their day, as simple text struggles to interpret the huge amounts of data we ingest daily
Combining The Hero’s Journey (by Joseph Campbell) and the Pie Chart Agenda (by James Macanufo), XPLANE founder Dave Gray’s unique Hero’s Journey Agenda is a great tool for building an effective and energy-filled schedule for your important meetings.
When it comes to visual collaboration, a picture is worth far more than a thousand words. It’s worth more like a million.
Whiteboard-based collaboration tools like Mural.ly, ConceptBoard and StormBoard enable remote teams to brainstorm using a combination of words, images, sketches and other multimedia content. This ability to share visual prototypes of ideas helps teams accelerate the co-development of marketing materials, new product development and improvement and a host of other idea-centric business processes.
Here are 15 powerful ways in which visual collaboration tools enhance brainstorming and collaboration:
One of the visual brainstorming techniques the late David Bowie used to inspire unique songs and lyrics was to randomly arrange newspaper and magazine headlines and other short bits of text. You can do the same thing today using a visual thinking tool called Mural.ly.
Training your visual thinking muscle can take some time. However, the effort you put in will allow you to expand your understanding of your problems and circumstances to such an extent that you will be better able to spot critical patterns that will shape how you think and work through your problems visually.
Mind mapping is one of the best ways to capture your thoughts and bring them to life in visual form. Beyond just note-taking, though, mind maps can help you become more creative, remember more, and solve problems more effectively. Whether you're new to mind maps or just want a refresher, here's all you need to know about this technique.
To help you properly translate your ideas into visuals so that you can extend their reach and lifespan on the web, we’ve created a short tutorial for beginners on how to create a simple infographic with Visme.
When you want to teach your audience how to do something, visualization is one of the easiest and most effective ways to build awesome media. While we’ve talked about more obvious ways to visualize an instruction such as a SlideShare presentation or a video, here are a few newer, more creative ways to visualize your how-to instruction.
The broad concept of “drawing to learn” is gaining respect and popularity from classrooms to boardrooms.
As Sunni Brown says in her TED talk, posted below, there has long been “a powerful cultural norm against doodling in settings where we are supposed to learn something,” but doodling — and its more formal cousins “sketchnoting,” “visual notetaking” and “mind mapping” — might instead be considered powerful and interesting ways to “help yourself think.”
The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity and it's not just useful for taking notes during meetings, but it can also act as powerful visual thinking tool in learning.
I'm excited that my recent article on the BBC website about emoji has gotten such a good response. So, I figured I'd write an addendum here on my blog to expand on things I couldn't get a chance to write in the article. I of course had a lot to say in that article, and it was inevitable that not everything could be included.
The overall question I was addressing was, "are emoji a visual language?" or "could emoji become a visual language?" My answer to both of these is "no."
If you’re a certain kind of geek you’re probably familiar with the BBC’s Sherlock series. That show is the reason why we know how to pronounce the name Benedict Cumberbatch. This modern update on Holmes uses an old technique to keep his prodigious brain on track: Sherlock has a “mind palace.”
Using visuals in your notes can be so much more powerful than pure text notes. Using visuals is not about avoiding words. Most of my notes are text. But if you have one strong visual per page, it can serve like an anchor, and your mind will often be able to reload the entire idea into your memory in an instant without you having to read through all the text again.
Doodling has been looked down upon because it was believed that paying attention to a specific task while doodling is hard to do. Especially during important meetings or discussions, how can one focus while drawing at the same time?
People that doodle while listening can remember 29% more information than those who do not.
The people over at Funders & Founders shared this interesting infographic recently, with 33 different ways to visualize your ideas. Unleash your inner creative and challenge yourself to try one of these visual formats the next time you need to pitch your idea to a colleague or client.
What’s new in the world of mind mapping software in 2015? Plenty! This year-end wrap-up is your guide to the new and updated software and resources that were introduced during the last year. Here’s what happened during the last year, with helpful links where you can learn more:
Good digital facilitation makes remote collaboration a whole lot easier. In this interview with Rachel S. Smith, an expert facilitator for The Grove, MURAL's own Jim Kalbach discusses effective remote work with visual tools and techniques.
The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity among conference attendees. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be an artist to sketchnote and to take advantage of a different type of learning and making content connections beyond conference keynotes . Sketchnoting is helping make your thinking visible and shareable as you are reading a professional book, watching a movie clip, reading an educational blog post or article or listening to a lecture of conference keynote.
In recent years, however, the value of mind mapping in both education and business has been fully recognized, and there are now dozens of web-based mind-mapping tools for students, teachers, and supervisors/managers. In fact, this tool of educational technology has so many uses, it is now one of the most valuable resources for academic coursework, especially eLearning. Here are 10 ways to use mind mapping in your studies.
Having an idea of your learning style can help you to grasp material more easily and to remember it for longer periods of time. If you’ve determined that you are a primarily visual learner, that means that your preferred method for obtaining new information and concepts is through seeing words, figures, graphics, diagrams or other visual representations.
Infographics combine both text and image, making them tools able to engage both verbal and visual learning styles. The combination of verbal and visual learning styles has been shown to ultimately increase students’ retention of basic skills by 21% and higher order skills by 20%. Having students research, conceptualize and create infographics in groups also addresses verbal and participatory approaches.
With that in mind, here are seven ways to use infographics as multimodal learning tools in the classroom
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