Thu 30 May, 2019, 14:00
Mapping Systems, Processes and Concepts with Pen and Paper
The world is a complex place full interesting problems waiting to be solved. No matter if big or small, personal or business related, tactical or strategic, we often try to solve these problems with language – talking and writing about what we think and what we plan to do. Language is a great tool, but it has its limitations: It’s linear, it can be quite abstract and it can hold a fair bit of ambiguity.
That’s where Visual Thinking comes in.
When we visualise our thoughts, we are forced to explore what the concepts we talk about actually mean and how the different pieces of information relate to each other. It becomes possible to literally see the bigger picture, identify patterns, spot gaps and make connections.
This workshop focuses on exploring how to map out a problem, system, process or concept with pen and paper. We’ll start with some simple sketching exercises to loosen up and pick-up (or refresh) some basic sketching skills. We’ll then work with a step-by-step process to gather and structure information and map it out in a visual overview. We’ll explore basic principles of visual representations and various structures for mapping out different types of information. You’ll then work in small groups to think through a problem, system or process of your choice and apply what we discussed to create a visual overview of your topic.