Visual thinking strategies are being used more broadly in education, particularly in the lower grades where how one thinks matures and becomes a pattern for later in life. This work is imbedding in schools, museums and support facilities for young people with disabilities, particularly autism and related conditions. Continue Reading…
We understand what we are looking at most easily by comparing it to what we are most familiar with.
Perception is not just the result of visual stimuli, but involves a series of mental processes in which we compare what we see to our catalog of memories and perceptions and use those to interpret and analyze.
In the process of trying to identify things we are looking at, our brains will close incomplete shapes and patterns.
Our eyes are inclined to follow lines and curves. If objects are along paths then we perceive a larger construct and also a sense of movement.
The more objects resemble each other, the more they will assemble.
When you think about your team or work group, or indeed, your organisation, and when you think about working visually or graphically as a group, what do you notice?
How does each group member engage in meetings and how do they tend to take notes for themselves? Do they talk in simile or metaphor? “This job is like a bridge to my future.” “When we talk about change I see huge walls blocking us.”
Listen to the language your team uses during meetings. Watch how they take notes. Or do the doodle (maybe when you think they should be listening attentively.) Are they vocal? Quiet?
Observing your team can tell you a lot about how they are engaging with information and data. For instance, doodlers tend to be visual thinkers, and maybe kinesthetic as well. They need to engage the visual, creative side of their brain in order to process information. The kinesthetic doodlers needs be moving in order to engage their brains.
Working visually and graphically can engage all learning types and can broaden and deepen understanding and engagement. How to do that is the question. Using a graphic recording or meeting scribe can help. Using template that your team fills in can help as well. There are lots of solutions we can assist you with in planning your agendas to reach those critical outcomes. Draw us a verbal picture and we’ll help you engage your team fully.
The closer objects are to each other, the more likely they will form a larger whole.
Pictures speak louder than words. One picture is worth a thousand words. Picture it! These phrases and many more like them are part of our daily speech and zeitgeist.
How do we put them into practice? Especially in the organisational context? Visual thinking within groups, teams and entire companies has become a new paradigm. Major global corporations and small start ups are engaging visually. Picture what I am saying is becoming a norm. Continue Reading…