Use this as a tool to do complex things and explain things to people.
There is a narrative in our culture about who can draw: Artists and wild-eyed kids. But you were once five, so you can draw–that’s really the level you need.
Everyone take a sharpie and a card and draw a picture about how to make toast.
We have a complicated visual thinking process, and it starts with drawing how to make toast. It allows people to draw something, share results and get people game to try it.
What is Visual Thinking?
Thinking & collaborating using tools & methods for collaboration.
75% of sensory neurons are dedicated to visual processing for sighted people. Most of how you organize the world is through sight. Yet we don’t use visual processing as much as we could.
Picture Superiority Effect: When you are given information visually vs. text, your brain is designed to remember the visual, not abstract text. That’s the power of visual thinking.
Find a person, introduce yourself and play tic-tac-toe. (Then, participants were told to play the game verbally. Next game played was Connect Four. The point is that visual thinking creates clarity and alignment and reduces cognitive load.
Learning the language
Write the Visual Alphabet again. This guide will help you. These are the gestures you can combine to draw anything and everything. Once you have the alphabet down, you combine them into “words” (nodes).
Drawing people: The first part is a rectangle for the body, lines for legs, arms; head is a circle; dots for eyes.
Dave’s method is a great foundation for action or emotion.
Next activity, “Sketch jam”: Person A models for person B in a posture that’s very hard to draw. Hold that posture for 30 seconds, then go into another posture. The idea is to build your
vocabulary as you draw.
Much merriment, guffawing and revelry ensued.
Drawing activates a different part of the brain than use of words.
Find an object in the room and draw it.
Now try to draw something more abstract that is still a “node.” For example, could you draw SEO? Draw an idea or concept that you have to explain in your work.
Process: Something that happens in a sequence.
Comparisons: This vs. that
Systems: A set of connected things or parts forming a complex whole, in particular. A method.
Draw a picture of this conference as a process.
Drawing a picture brings out nuances you wouldn’t get through writing. You get a more full picture on the one in your head, when you see others’ pictures. You find out where you agree and where you have differences in what you experienced.
Use drawing as an ice-breaker for a conversation.
Now let’s move from vocabulary and grammar to tone.
Are you appealing to head, heart (telling a narrative), or hand (pragmatic information, step-wise process, before-after, mapping).
Pull this all together: Make sense of it on your own, then together. Collectively come up with a shared narrative to explain this conference to someone who’s never attended; choose one of the frameworks. Now draw it on your own.