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I recently read the book “In search of words – footnotes visual thinking techniques” by Oliver West. I found it a deeply moving book. As a dyslexic and visual thinker, so much of his book resonated with me.

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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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Infographic Resume Templates the Recruiters Will Love - Creately Blog

Infographic Resume Templates the Recruiters Will Love - Creately Blog | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
The following infographic resume templates are designed just to highlight it to your potential employers that you are the unique talent they’ve been looking for.
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23 applications of visual brainstorming and collaboration tools

23 applications of visual brainstorming and collaboration tools | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Visual brainstorming and collaboration applications are wonderful tools for distributed teams to ideate and develop ideas. But a recent review of developer websites shows that customers are using these tools for far more than just noodling new ideas and solutions.
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David Stapleton's curator insight, July 8, 1:37 AM
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Google’s AI doodle bot will transform your crude drawings into glorious clip art

Google’s AI doodle bot will transform your crude drawings into glorious clip art | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Google’s latest AI toy may be its most clever: an automated drawing bot that analyzes what you’re doodling in real time to suggest a more polished piece of clip art to replace it. Called AutoDraw, the software is another of Google’s ongoing creative machine learning demonstrations that it releases as part of its AI Experiments series. It uses the underlying technology behind the company’s experimental image recognition software to identify potential objects and pairs that with a database of neat and simplistic hand-drawn images.
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Visual Thinking

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Visual thinking is a way to organize your thoughts and improve your ability to think and communicate. It’s a great way to convey complex or potentially confusing information.

It’s also about using tools — like pen and paper, index cards and software tools — to externalize your internal thinking processes, making them more clear, explicit and actionable.
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Concept maps vs. mind maps

Concept maps vs. mind maps | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
What’s the difference between concept mapping and mind mapping? These two types of visual mapping look very similar, which tends to cause a lot of confusion among people who are just learning about them. Here is a detailed comparison of these two popular types of diagramming and their uses in business:
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La différence entre les cartes mentales (mind mapping) en arborescence et les cartes conceptuelles (concept mapping) en réseaux 
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Dan Roam: Visual Thinking

This is "Dan Roam: Visual Thinking" by speakersvideo on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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A pro's 4 steps to make powerful visual metaphors - Sparkol

A pro's 4 steps to make powerful visual metaphors - Sparkol | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Images are a powerful communication tool in presentations. But clichéd metaphors spoil the effect. Here, in 4 easy steps, is how professional illustrators form original and striking metaphors that drive their message home, leaving their audiences seriously impressed.
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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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How drawing can help you remember

How drawing can help you remember | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Do you have certain things you particularly need to remember? Rather than list writing or ‘mind mapping, it seems you’ll have the best chance of doing so if you get out a pencil and paper and draw what you want to recall. 

This is the conclusion reached by Jeffrey Wammes and his team of researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada. They were interested in discovering the most reliable way to enhance memory. 
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How To Draw Stick Figures That Express Verbs | Verbal To Visual

How To Draw Stick Figures That Express Verbs | Verbal To Visual | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Stick figures help tie your notes to the human experience. They make it clearer how the ideas that you’re capturing relate to you and others.

They also help you to capture stories in a memorable way. Stick figures are characters in the snapshot story that you can tell in your notes. Add in a few more images of what your character is interacting with and soon you’ll have a visual anchor to the set of ideas you’re working with.

In stick figures we see ourself and we see others. Even in this simplified version, the drawing of human beings allows the viewer the opportunity to enter the story you’re telling because they can see themselves in it.
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The Case for Visual Thinking and Modeling

The Case for Visual Thinking and Modeling | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
What neurologists, artists, and designers know can work for you, too. Why do creatives turn to sketching during the ideation phase of a project? It is a quick way to articulate a concept and it stimulates cross-cognitive brain function. In other words, drawing out your ideas leads to a deeper understanding of a problem and faster decision-making.
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Huba’s Integrated Theory of Mind Modeling (Mind Mapping): HITMM 2016

Huba’s Integrated Theory of Mind Modeling (Mind Mapping): HITMM 2016 | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Huba’s Integrative Theory of Mind Modeling (Mind Mapping) is comprised of a number of posts in this blog.
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Dave Wood's curator insight, June 3, 2016 4:11 PM
taking mind mapping to a new level
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How can visual thinking change the way we process information? — Medium

How can visual thinking change the way we process information? — Medium | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
When information is laid out visually for example on a big wall poster, you can often integrate the details into a bigger picture, in a way that allows the reader to seamlessly swap between the macro and micro view. When looking at the whole, the eye is still able to perceive visual clues about the details. And when shifting focus to the details, the peripheral vision still allows the eye to absorb the details in their context.
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66 best resources to communicate better visually

66 best resources to communicate better visually | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
A picture says a thousand words - visual language improves the clarity of your message. Learn to communicate better visually with these 66 resources.
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Three Ways Live Drawing Engages Your Brain - Ink Factory

Three Ways Live Drawing Engages Your Brain - Ink Factory | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Visual note-taking is becoming a widely recognized way of capturing valuable information pretty much anywhere dialogue is created and exchanged.
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Utilising the power of OneNote and Surface to develop visual thinking skills

Utilising the power of OneNote and Surface to develop visual thinking skills | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Powerful words combined with powerful accompanying images capture and retain our attention and allow us to take in and digest greater amounts of information. On the flip side of that, we can all remember a presentation where the words and the images were on opposite teams! So how do you develop these capacities in learners? How do you help learners capture both the verbal and visual attention of their audience to share complex ideas?
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5 open source dashboard tools for visualizing data

5 open source dashboard tools for visualizing data | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
5 open source dashboard tools for visualizing data
Trying to communicate lots of complex data points quickly?
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9 Great DataViz & Infographics Tools with Education Discounts - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics

9 Great DataViz & Infographics Tools with Education Discounts - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Data visualization and data literacy are necessary life skills, and you should start developing them now! Whether you need to make a diagram for a Science project, a presentation for your History class, or a chart to solve that Math problem, you should start learning how to use data visualization tools while you’re in school.
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7 Fun Visual Chart Formats to Kick up Your Next Presentation or Lecture Content — Emerging Education Technologies

7 Fun Visual Chart Formats to Kick up Your Next Presentation or Lecture Content — Emerging Education Technologies | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
When you are preparing a presentation or content for a lecture, including compelling, fun visuals can add so much bang! Not only will they help your presentation to be more visually appealing, they can make the information easier to digest and interpret, as well as further engage your audience.

But what are the differences between the different types of visual formats and which ones are the best to use for different purposes? Here are a bunch of formats and ideas for getting the most out of them.
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Shorten the Visualization Path Back to Reality

Shorten the Visualization Path Back to Reality | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

Visualization is complex, but if I were to break it down simply, I’d say it’s something like the process above.

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10 Free Data Visualization Tools | Fox Business

10 Free Data Visualization Tools | Fox Business | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Finding new insights (or sometimes just making your point) can be one of the most satisfying exchanges in business. But when that point is based on ever-growing Big Data sets, often the best way of presenting it is through a sexy-yet-meaningful data visualization Opens a New Window. . But most folks, even power users, consider data visualizations as being out of their technical reach or even as the exclusive province of data scientists or at least database administrators (DBAs). Fortunately, with self-service business intelligence Opens a New Window. (BI) becoming increasingly popular in even small to midsize business (SMB) scenarios, many users have highly capable data visualization tools at their fingertips and don't even realize it.
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Visual Mapping: Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception

Visual Mapping: Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Amy Herman visited Google's office in Cambridge, MA to discuss her book "Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life".

In her seminar, the Art of Perception, Herman has trained experts from many fields how to perceive and communicate better. By showing people how to look closely at images, she helps them hone their “visual intelligence,” a set of skills we all possess but few of us know how to use properly. 
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Learn How to Draw By Understanding the World Around You With This Chart

Learn How to Draw By Understanding the World Around You With This Chart | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it
Learning any artistic process takes a mental adjustment. Learning to draw requires a different mindset that making a spreadsheet. This graphic helps you recognize the broad steps to get started.
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Standard Flowchart Symbols and Their Usage | Basic Flowchart Symbols and Meaning | Workflow Diagram Symbols and Meaning

Standard Flowchart Symbols and Their Usage | Basic Flowchart Symbols and Meaning | Workflow Diagram Symbols and Meaning | Visual Thinking | Scoop.it

Flowcharts are the ideal diagrams for visually representing business processes. For example, if you need to show the flow of a custom-order process through various departments within your organization, you can use a flowchart. This paper provides a visual representation of basic flowchart symbols and their proposed use in communicating the structure of a well-developed web site, as well as their correlation in developing on-line instructional projects.

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The Science of Visual Thinking

The most useful studies related to visual thinking are actually not using much illustration or visuals in the literal sense. Instead they approach it from the space of cognitive linguistics (and cognitive semiotics, which was one of the disciplines I studied) where language is seen as a window into how the brain and mind works.
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