While infographics aren’t exhaustive or authoritative, they’re useful ways to quickly introduce key concepts to a large group of people. But why is that? What’s the science behind it all? Did you know that there are actually more than a dozen reasons your brain craves infographics? That’s at least the idea behind an awesome new (what else?) infographic that was just sent my way.
100 Diagrams That Changed the World (UK; public library) by investigative journalist and documentarian Scott Christianson chronicles the history of our evolving understanding of the world through humanity’s most groundbreaking sketches, illustrations, and drawings, ranging from cave paintings to The Rosetta Stone to Moses Harris’s color wheel to Tim Berners-Lee’s flowchart for a “mesh” information management system, the original blueprint for the world wide web.
Mapping is one of the more common types of informal invention. It should be used when writers encounter writers' block or when they are having trouble organizing their thoughts or ideas. Problems solvers can use mind maps to address challenges and resources without judgment.
“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.
In this introductory course from UC, Berkeley, learn the language, processes, and media of visual art. This free online course is organized around weekly lectures and studio problems that introduce students to the nature of art making and visual thinking.
I have witnessed plenty of Mind mapsover the past few years, since I was introduced to the concept. Each time I had to consume one, it almost always gave way to my imagining a 3rd world alien creature. The producers of course took pride in the creation peppered with information (think of a humble pizza with so many toppings that you can hardly see or taste singularly!). A few simple questions often revealed that the creators only knew how to use the Mind mapping tool. They didn’t solve the problem of lack of clarity; in fact they amplified it.
Sketchnotes are a way of capturing ideas in an engaging and visual way by combining the power of sketching and writing.
This talk gives an introduction to visual note taking and shares the main characteristics that make it a great tool for designers (and anybody else) to capture conference talks, meetings or ideas. It shows and analyses lots of examples from different sketchnoters and shares tips from personal experience. The talk points out the main principles and building blocks of sketchnotes as well as lots of inspiration for you to jump straight into taking your own visual notes.
Those wanting help in navigating complex ideas often turn to mind mapping software, and Scapple is one of the best on the market. The Mac app brings structure to concepts, but in a user-friendly, drag-and-drop way. The economical design and quick import options also make sure nothing gets between users and their ideas.
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.
Visual recording is similar to audio recording: they both use the same concept that is : recording. One uses voice and the other uses visual cues like diagrams, charts, lines, arrows...etc. Think about visual recording as visual mind mapping.
Although Google obviously filters out spammy websites, it doesn’t filter out those with a one-sided political perspective or a marketing agenda. Instagrok uses semantic algorithms to pick out the top 10educational websites for your topic and display them on the right sidebar, along with key facts, videos, and images. A slider from basic to Einstein changes the complexity of the information, and the tool actually highlights any contradictions between websites.