08 December 2005

Visual thinking practice: Simplify and visualize a task

Visual thinking is the practice of using pictures to enhance your ability to solve problems, think about complex issues and communicate effectively. Are you ready to work on your visual thinking skills? You don't have to be an artist. Pick up a pen or pencil and try the following exercise.

1. Write down a list of the steps involved in a complex everyday task, such as grocery shopping, or doing laundry.

2. Try to combine your list of steps or actions into four main categories.

3. Divide a page into four sections.

4. In each section, draw an item or simple scene that that represents that activity (for example, a grocery bag or shopping cart, folding laundry, etc).

The test for success on this exercise is to ask a friend to guess what task you chose by looking at your drawings.

Thanks to the creative team at XPLANE for this great exercise!

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1 comment:

Chris said...

Insanely good timing. I just read Nigel Holmes's book, Wordless Diagrams. It's about this exactly. But I really like the XPLANE exercise, because I was wondering, "Well, I really liked the concepts, but now what?"

Thanks for my "now what."