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Design Like Da Vinci


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Learn how to think and design like Leonardo

Learn how to think and design like Leonardo

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  • 1. LIKE
    By: Brian Sullivan
    Open Camp Conference
  • 2. Da Vinci’s Journals
    Da Vinci wrote over 13,000pages of notes and visual diagrams in his journals
    Da Vinci clustered his ideas into drawings and observations
    This page is Da Vinci’s observations of the arm
  • 3. Creativity Must Be Unstructured
    Da Vinci’s writings are idea journals based on what inspired him, daily observations
    Ideas were sketched with notes. No roman numerals or bulleted lists (aka this preso)
  • 4. Start from the Inside Out
    Da Vinci scholars suggest he sketched his main topic in the center of the page
    Journal page starts as pictures without text
  • 5. Add Text Descriptions to Pictures
    Da Vinci would add detailed notes and observations to his illustrative ideas
    Da Vinci did purposely use different colors of text for his notes
  • 6. Cover the Entire Page
    Da Vinci’s journal pages were always full.
    Scholarship indicates that he revisited and refined ideas
    Da Vinci captured and refreshed ideas
  • 7. Manage Space in a Scalable Manner
    Da Vinci used an early form of the Cornell Method of notetaking
    You will frequently see distinct areas: 1. notetaking2. quick reference3. summary footer
  • 8. Example of Cornell Method Page
    In this example, we see a complicated idea for military ladder.
    We see the drawing in a specific area with notes in another area and cross-reference in a footer area
  • 9. Idea Journals are Like Mind Maps
    Mind Map of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (courtesy of Mappio)
  • 10. Da Vinci Foresaw Many Things
    Da Vinci is known as both an artist and a scientist.
    He foresaw:- Helicopter- Tank- Parachute- Solar Power- Cardiovascular disease- Airplanes
  • 11. Leonardo’s Bridge to Nowhere
    In 1502, Da Vinci sketched an idea for bridge for the Sultan of Istanbul.
    The bridge was never built because the Sultan’s engineers deemed it unstable.
  • 12. Leonardo’s Bridge Built in
    In 2006, Turkey completed the Leonardo Da Vinci Bridge, which is a scaled-down version with a 300-feet span and total length of 400 feet.
    Da Vinci was rightthe classic keystone arch could be stretchednarrow and widened without losing integrity.
  • 13. Imagine the Journals as Blogs
  • 14. Imagine Blogs as Da Vinci Journals
  • 15. Imagine Da Vinci’s Indexing
  • 16. Imagine Da Vinci Storing Pics
  • 17. Imagine Da Vinci’s Videos
  • 18. For Da Vinci—Ideas, Then Journal
  • 19. For You, Ideas, Journal, Then Blog
  • 20. Bravo, Gratzi, QA