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Xblog | Our Methods | Visual Thinking Sketch Notes

Xblog | Our Methods | Visual Thinking Sketch Notes | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
XPLANE’s xBlog has been up and running since 1999 and contains a deep library of articles and artifacts ranging from Visual Facilitation to the Rise of Flash Video.
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What is graphic facilitation?

What is graphic facilitation? | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
... And what isn't it?

Perhaps you’ve heard of graphic facilitation, but you don’t know what it
is. Perhaps you’ve seen it, but you don’t know what it’s called, or what to
type into Google to find it again. Believe us, we know that the terminology
surrounding what we do can be hard to pin down.

Graphic Facilitation

Graphic facilitation is probably the most established of the many phrases
that (loosely speaking) are used to describe an artist capturing
information in visual form. But there are a lot of alternatives - scribing,
graphic recording, infodoodling to name but a few – and, if you’re being
picky about it (we are, it’s our job) there are subtle but important
differences between them.

So, graphic facilitation usually refers to the use of graphics to
facilitate a conversation or process.  For instance, if you and your team
have a problem to solve or need to make a plan, you could thrash it out
with the help of a graphic facilitator (you might want to take a look at
our InkTanks). The aim of graphic facilitation is to use images to prompt
productive conversations, offer fresh perspectives, and pick new pathways
through problems. It’s a technique that, when done well, can change the way
groups think, communicate and collaborate.

Graphic Recording

The term graphic recording is sometimes used interchangeably with graphic
facilitation but, if you ask us pendants, that's something a little
different, too. 

A graphic recorder doesn't try to influence the conversations around them,
as a facilitator does. Instead, they aim to keep pace with it; documenting
its content with speed and visual clarity. Some people call this 'visual
minutes'.

Graphic recording doesn't allow time for interpretation. It simply
documents discussions as they happen, providing participants with a focus
and an orderly record of what has been said. Sometimes, graphic recording
is all that's required and, of course, your wish is our command. But at
Scriberia, we can offer something more than that; something that we believe
has a lot more value for our clients.

Scribing

Scribing might look a bit like graphic facilitation or graphic recording to
the uninitiated, but the thinking behind it is very different. Rather than
acting as impartial recorders, we believe there are real benefits to
allowing our scribes the freedom to interpret the content they work with.

We choose our team, not only on the basis of their artistic ability, but on
their ability to think. To be a great scribe, capable of producing work
that is consistent, highly original, meaningful, and rich in content and
context, these skills are of equal importance.

Many practitioners in this fledgling field believe that interpretation has
no place in it. But we disagree. Our ability to interpret content is what
gives our work the strength and depth our clients need. So, if you’re
looking to bring all the benefits of a first class creative mind to your
next meeting, pitch or live event, then what you’re looking for is
scribing.  
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The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling

The Cognitive Benefits of Doodling | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
Two new books tout the benefits of drawing for the brain—even for the unartistic.
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TEDx Talk: What’s Wrong With This Picture?VizWorld.com | VizWorld.com

TEDx Talk: What’s Wrong With This Picture?VizWorld.com | VizWorld.com | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
What's Wrong With This Picture? How doodling helps shape the unseen, abstract principles in order to create real meaning. ----Brian Tarallo What if you could see an idea? What if you could hold an idea in your hand and shape it until it became solid and defined? Until it becomes so clear that other people could understand it just by seeing at it? If you've ever had the feeling that you KNEW something but just couldn't find the words to explain it, you can imagine how powerful seeing an idea would be. Now: what if I told you that nearly everyone is born with this ability to see ideas, that YOU have it, and yet for some reason, you are told by your teachers, bosses, and maybe even your parents... ...to knock it off? Up to now, you've seen me taking visual notes of the amazing talks we've heard today. You probably had a few reactions: “What the heck is that guy doing?” Or maybe, “Oh, I get it: that’s pretty cool.” And maybe, “Hey, I think I could do that!” Well good news: I’d like to
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Doodle do - Mind Tools Blog

Doodle do - Mind Tools Blog | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
All the technology in the world can’t keep you focused on a meeting when time drags on. If your attention starts to drift, grab a pencil and get doodling.
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Studies Show That People Who Doodle Have an Advantage Over the Rest of Us

Studies Show That People Who Doodle Have an Advantage Over the Rest of Us | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
Your scribbles are helping you in big ways. 
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Doodles Take Their Seat at the Content Marketing Table

Doodles Take Their Seat at the Content Marketing Table | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
Any one who has been in a meeting with me or follows me on social media knows I like to doodle. But more than just being…
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First female to win math's top prize describes her 2 brainstorming strategies

First female to win math's top prize describes her 2 brainstorming strategies | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
Iranian-born Maryam Mirzakhani of Stanford University has become the first woman to win the top award in mathematics, the Field's Medal. The award, often described as the Nobel Prize of mathematics...
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'Draw it out' says the first female to win math's top prize :)

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More Fun at Work With Sketchnotes | Better without Burnout

More Fun at Work With Sketchnotes | Better without Burnout | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
Incorporating fun into your work can help increase your productivity and make your work time more enjoyable. I searched the Web to find some ways to incorporate
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Say It With Stick Figures: Your Crude Drawings Are More Effective Than PowerPoint

Say It With Stick Figures: Your Crude Drawings Are More Effective Than PowerPoint | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
If you hand-draw images for your presentation, there's a better chance people will recall more of your message—and for longer
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Doodling Gets New Respect

Doodling Gets New Respect | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
Neuroscientists and other researchers who say doodling can help people focus, ease impatience, vent emotions and even generate bursts of insight or new ideas. WSJ columnist Sue Shellenbarger joins Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero. Photo: Sunni Brown
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Meet the Artists Helping Companies Think in Pictures

Meet the Artists Helping Companies Think in Pictures | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
Graphic recording is a budding industry that helps companies foster creative thinking at meetings and events.
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5 bienfaits insoupçonnés du gribouillage

5 bienfaits insoupçonnés du gribouillage | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
Les livres de coloriage pour adultes sont à la mode, mais une autre activité artistique exige encore moins d’efforts que le maniement des crayons de couleur ou des feutres. Et, pou
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What Does a Visual Storyteller Do? - Intel Free Press

What Does a Visual Storyteller Do? - Intel Free Press | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
How one artistic Intel employee created her dream job.
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La facilitation graphique : un soutien original au codéveloppement professionnel

Le dessin, aussi simple soit-il, communique des éléments supplémentaires, souvent très révélateurs qui aident le groupe à trouver des solutions originales et efficaces.
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13 Pretty Pictures Of Class Notes That Will Inspire You To Actually Study For Your Finals

13 Pretty Pictures Of Class Notes That Will Inspire You To Actually Study For Your Finals | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
Who knew note-taking was actually an art form?
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5 Core Skills of Disruptive, Visual-Thinking Innovators

5 Core Skills of Disruptive, Visual-Thinking Innovators | Why sketching is so cool | 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:  



1) Observe Set your phone down and actually pay attention to what’s going on around you. You can’t come up with new ideas unless you observe the world with fresh, empathetic eyes. Keep a design journal and document what you observe at least once a week. 



2) Question Once you have a look around, review your design journal and ask: “What’s going on here?” Questions allow for space in the brain. If you’re not curious about something, then there’s nowhere for your observations to go. As an innovator you should ask questions to nail down the problem you’re trying to solve. 



3) Associate Combining ideas leads to new insights. In the book Where Good Ideas Come From, author Steven Johnson proposes that innovation comes from places where half-baked ideas can bump up against other half-baked ideas and together create something even better. Doodling is a way to cultivate these seeds of ideas. 



4) Experiment Visualization makes your ideas tangible and concrete. “If you can’t draw your ideas in stick figures, you don’t know what you’re saying,” says Solomon. Drawing by hand is a method of prototyping that allows you to test out the core essence of your idea in a low-res way before you spend more time on it. 



5) Network Get access to people in diverse universes to expand your opportunities and areas of expertise. What are some big areas missing from your knowledge bank? We often end up just having a deep network of people like us instead of a diverse network.


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Sketchnoting FOR Learning

The term sketchnoting describes a style of visual note-taking recently gaining popularity among conference attendees. Contrary to popular belief, you do not ha…
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Why drawing needs to be a curriculum essential

Why drawing needs to be a curriculum essential | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
Drawing has creative, expressive and educational value; it remains fundamental to translating and analysing the world
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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 | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
The author of The Doodle Revolution explains how this common "time waster" is really a creative launch-pad.
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The higher purpose of doodling - YouTube

Even its very name, "doodle," makes it sound frivolous and pointless. But our scribbles and scrawls - sometimes recognizable, sometimes not - may actually ha...
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The Power of Visual Notetaking :: SF Design Week, General Assembly [T…

Visual note-taking is a powerful tool for design professionals who want to capture ideas and communicate them effectively. Known as sketchnoting or graphic rec…
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The age of visualisation

The age of visualisation | Why sketching is so cool | Scoop.it
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
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