What is Visual Thinking?

What is Visual Thinking?

by Brandy Agerbeck, Loosetooth.com

Visual Thinking is a comprehensive term that holds a wide variety of ways we make sense of the world around us through visual tools: 

  • bullet journaling
  • charettes
  • charts
  • collage
  • comics and sequential art
  • concept maps
  • data visualization
  • diagrams
  • drawing
  • filmmaking
  • flash cards
  • flowcharts
  • graphic facilitation
  • graphic recording
  • illustrations
  • infographics
  • mapping
  • modelling
  • mindmaps
  • photography
  • presentation design
  • rendering
  • scrapbooking
  • scribing
  • sketching
  • sketchnotes
  • sticky note clustering
  • storyboards
  • visual notetaking
  • whiteboarding
  • wireframes
  • visual journaling
  • visual metaphors
  • zettlekasten

Visual Thinking is making a drawing to help yourself or the people you work with make meaning of your life, work, and the world around you.

Writing is linear, and lining up your thoughts, feelings, and ideas into words, sentences, and paragraphs can be limiting.

Drawing out your ideas lets you put your ideas anywhere on the page. Making countless choices about size, color, style, placement, connecting one idea to the next. 

These drawings are your first step, or next step, in making great things happen. 

In this video:

 20+ great ways to use your visual thinking skills

 3 mental blocks that stop us thinking visually 

 The problem with icons

 9 very learnable aspects to making visual thinking your lifelong skill 

 

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If you have any questions about how best to build your visual thinking practice, please contact me.

 

 

Visual thinking pioneer Brandy Agerbeck writes, speaks and teaches on the power of drawing as your best thinking tool. Learn more at Loosetooth.com.

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