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#MadforMetaphor:
Sketching Complexity
@amyburvall @IntentionBook
bit.ly/imagED
me,
sketching
everywhere
aren’t we all?
caves at chauvet
32-30,000 BP
venus of willendorf
28-25,000
Instagram Art
INSTANT ART 

GALLERY
an artistic shot…
a sketch…
artwork you love…
Show something from
your camera roll
you are proud of…...
“Historyteachers” YouTube
community
Research
Resources
Cool Peeps
Iconography
Metaphor
Shortology
Data Viz
Graphic Design
Sketchnotes
Photography
Vi...
https://flipgrid.com/vizthink
upload video blogs
share on SM
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from this…
Paul W. Hankins in the laundromat!
to this…
workshop trailer
Gutenberg Parenthesis
return to more
visual/ oral
we talk in pictures
Images existed before words,
and they do convey
a sense of universality
- artist Jean Julien
Power of the
VISUAL
use metaphorical and visual thinking to
express complex and abstract ideas
first symbols man created
Metaphor is about
association +
relationship
“EYE-DEAS”
Metaphor is about
association +
relationship
“EYE-CANDY”
Metaphor is about
association +
relationship
making ideas “grow” better
“Metaphors have a way
of holding the
most truth
in the least space”
orson scott card
metaphorical
thinking
+
iconography
Metaphorical Iconography
nurturing one’s network
“My-conography”
playing with media
“My-conography”
Sketch a…Sonnet
“The best way to learn a complex idea
is to find it living inside something else
you already understand…
An amateur memoriz...
I saw the angel
in the marble…
Michelangelo
…and I carved
to set it free
FINDING VISUAL METAPHORS in the MUNDANE
ornate / ordered
star / support
dichotomy
Porous Pedestrian: METAPHOR HUNT
same image
can be used for
many
metaphors
Metaphors in Museums
Re-contextualize Artwork
Museum Remix
Paper 53 app
#oldandnew
Change?
#imagiphor
Identify a
change-
related
metaphor
Or pass camera roll
to a friend and
choose one
of their photos
Find a metaphor
for CHANGE
on your camera roll
OR
in something in the room
IMAGIPHOR
https://flipgrid.com/1bc218
Think Pair...
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Making CONNECTIONS:
Metaphorical Thinking
TIPS and TRICKS
think thematically
slow down
look up and down
stuff your eyes with wonder
Ray Bradbury
If You Can’t Stop,
Walk
file it away
weed
or
wish?
MAKING VISUAL
METAPHORS
visual metaphor
for
“eating disorder”
minimalist posters of a concept
minimalist posters
of a concept
Get Your
Metaphorical Mind On
3 of Me
https://flipgrid.com/e10d51
current life in 3 emoji
CSI (colour / symbol/image
of you)
3 of me (where I’ve been/
wh...
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Crowdsourced
Visual Vocab
create dictionary
of iconography
Crowdsourced
Visual Icon
Dictionary
- education
- idea
- technology
- information
- conflict
- love
- time
- change
- stude...
affective data
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Kennings
hyphenated compound metaphor
Anglo-Saxon and Norse literature
“northern kiss”= cold wind
“whale-road” = the ocean...
analogies game
word bank of nouns
seek connections (use like and as)
visualize
horse wind
Visual Kenning
create a kenning …
then sketch!
ideas:
natural phenomenon
things in daily life
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feline devastation
starlight fir
@serendipidoodle
add corset ones
Serendipidoodle
flipgrid.com/639bd7
bit.ly/serendipidoodlizer
Use the given prompt slips
or
try to be metaphorical
Muchness and Suchness
abstract concept viz based on letter
*inspired by Lewis Carroll
Drawing
Muchness
Choose a letter.
Think of abstract concepts
beginning with that letter.
Depict visually.
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3 sketches
Use the + and = sign to illustrate the synthesis
Sanburgian Synthesis
Sandburgian
Synthesis
Think of the elements that are
a poetic synthesis.
Make 3 sketches
Use + and =
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remix logo
sketchquotes
I just want to make
beautiful things…
even if nobody cares
#bowie #literalalphabet
Playing with PUNS
#literalalphabet
Bow-e
J-walk
M-bark
Y-knot
Sketchquote
Pun Play
Google Remix
Choose one (or more!) and
try to visualize.
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#needoji
What words can’t express…
wanderlust
FOMO (fear of missing out)
Woe is me…
Having a Beyonce moment
A-ha moment
“untranslatable” words
SAUDADE (Portuguese) : longing feeling for something
you’ve loved which is now lost
IKTSUARPOK (Inu...
essentializing
David Ogilvy
big ideas usually come
as simple ideas
Picasso’s Exercise: used at Apple
synthesis: emoji story
Emojiliterate?
The way out of the box is via the shackles
@BryanMMathers
Pictographs / Isotypes (1930s)
playing with type


Metaphorical
Typography
the lettering matches
the mood or subject
the word is describing
Try with your name,
your city o...
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One Word to
Rule Them All
your life right now
your summer plans
Distill something complex,
such an experience
or content k...
4 icon challenge
icon challenge
distill an event, film, song,
or biography into 3-6 icons
nounproject.com is
a great source
flipgrid.com/8a37...
Symbol
Redesign
student
symbol
re-design
via Rhitt Growl
icon re-design:
THE LOO
design a new male / female/
non-gender specific icon for
the restroom
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Mondrian-ify
and
Minimalist Poster
Mondrian-esque
Metaphor
Illustrate a concept/idea
from your discipline
MONDRIAN-IFY use simple geometric shapes
and/or basic colors
for symbolism
...
Haikonography
of
“SPEAK” by
L Halse Anderson
Haikonography
Haikonography
write a visual haiku using
only icons
Three lines: five icons /
seven icons / five icons
***remix! Write each ...
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Dichotomy Series : male/ female
http://2kindsofpeople.tumblr.com/
http://2kindsofpeople.tumblr.com/
Split Screen: “Go Up”, Cassius
Split Screen: “Go Up”, Cassius
picture VENNs
#oldandnew
Dichotomy
OR
Humourous Venn
https://flipgrid.com/2ee88f
Illustrate a dichotomy
(try to let the image
do most of the talking...
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INSIGHT
How much coffee do you need?
-Gwen Burvall, 10
#Gridsgestures
Nick Sousanis
3 panel summary
MINIMALIST MOVIE POSTERS
POEMS NOVELS HISTORICAL EVENTS
Visualize a Series
in a Theme
(Values)
Theme: “Power of Books”
3 Panel Summary
Theme Grid
In My Mind
Illustrate a film, novel
or process in 3 panels
OR
Create a grid depicting
a theme su...
playing with stuff
Pareidolia
use existing
found objects
Pareidolia
REMIX: draw over
existing landscape
Paper 53 app
Re-contextualize Artwork
Museum Remix
Paper 53 app
paper clip
pareidolia


Pareidolia
Use the mundane things around you
(or items in your bag)
to create a whimsical illustration
Seek patterns and...
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OREO Challenge
everyone gets 1 Oreo (a malleable object)
*if you need more you can partner with someone
use the Oreo, pape...
leave whole!
take apart
cut in half
turn on side
crumble
OREO
Challenge
Create a visual representation
of a concept from the course
using any available materials
and a single Oreo...
playing with others
exquisite corpse /
collaborative creativity
collaborative creativity: #remash
Visual verse volley
#hashtaggerie
idea! St. Pepper Sketch-a-Song
Exquisite Corpse
volley
snowball
warm-up
visualize a vocabulary term,
whimsical hashtag
or short poem
offered by a peer
write word then “th...
more ideas
from my book:
Lewis Carroll
chortle:
chuckle + snort
mimsy:
miserable + flimsy
portmanteaux
phrankenword
https://flipgrid.com/707831
Phrankenword for the Summer…
1 word +
3 image
sketch note
(reflect 1st day
of school)
#oodledoodle
Time?
@michelrijk
MINDFULNESS:

one-line
drawing


Partner Portrait
in 1 Line
Practice mindfulness
by attempting to draw with
one continuous line
Try drawing your friend's...
*Henry Miller
Make something
GOOD
every day
your big takeaway
a question
your personal
challenge
https://flipgrid.com/152be8
@amyburvall
bit.ly/imagED
@IntentionBook
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Presented at the Sketching in Practice (SKIP) conference with SFU, Vancouver in June, 2017

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Mad for Metaphor: Sketching Complexity

  1. 1. #MadforMetaphor: Sketching Complexity @amyburvall @IntentionBook bit.ly/imagED
  2. 2. me, sketching everywhere
  3. 3. aren’t we all?
  4. 4. caves at chauvet 32-30,000 BP
  5. 5. venus of willendorf 28-25,000
  6. 6. Instagram Art
  7. 7. INSTANT ART 
 GALLERY an artistic shot… a sketch… artwork you love… Show something from your camera roll you are proud of… (then hold up)
  8. 8. “Historyteachers” YouTube
  9. 9. community Research Resources Cool Peeps Iconography Metaphor Shortology Data Viz Graphic Design Sketchnotes Photography Video Branding Activities bit.ly/imagED
  10. 10. https://flipgrid.com/vizthink upload video blogs share on SM
  11. 11. please transition back
  12. 12. please transition back
  13. 13. please transition back
  14. 14. please transition back
  15. 15. from this…
  16. 16. Paul W. Hankins in the laundromat! to this…
  17. 17. workshop trailer
  18. 18. Gutenberg Parenthesis return to more visual/ oral
  19. 19. we talk in pictures
  20. 20. Images existed before words, and they do convey a sense of universality - artist Jean Julien
  21. 21. Power of the VISUAL
  22. 22. use metaphorical and visual thinking to express complex and abstract ideas
  23. 23. first symbols man created
  24. 24. Metaphor is about association + relationship “EYE-DEAS”
  25. 25. Metaphor is about association + relationship “EYE-CANDY”
  26. 26. Metaphor is about association + relationship making ideas “grow” better
  27. 27. “Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space” orson scott card
  28. 28. metaphorical thinking + iconography
  29. 29. Metaphorical Iconography
  30. 30. nurturing one’s network “My-conography”
  31. 31. playing with media “My-conography”
  32. 32. Sketch a…Sonnet
  33. 33. “The best way to learn a complex idea is to find it living inside something else you already understand… An amateur memorizes. A professional looks for metaphors” seth godin
  34. 34. I saw the angel in the marble… Michelangelo …and I carved to set it free
  35. 35. FINDING VISUAL METAPHORS in the MUNDANE
  36. 36. ornate / ordered star / support dichotomy
  37. 37. Porous Pedestrian: METAPHOR HUNT
  38. 38. same image can be used for many metaphors
  39. 39. Metaphors in Museums
  40. 40. Re-contextualize Artwork Museum Remix Paper 53 app
  41. 41. #oldandnew
  42. 42. Change? #imagiphor Identify a change- related metaphor
  43. 43. Or pass camera roll to a friend and choose one of their photos
  44. 44. Find a metaphor for CHANGE on your camera roll OR in something in the room IMAGIPHOR https://flipgrid.com/1bc218 Think Pair Share
  45. 45. please transition back
  46. 46. Making CONNECTIONS: Metaphorical Thinking TIPS and TRICKS
  47. 47. think thematically
  48. 48. slow down
  49. 49. look up and down stuff your eyes with wonder Ray Bradbury
  50. 50. If You Can’t Stop, Walk
  51. 51. file it away
  52. 52. weed or wish? MAKING VISUAL METAPHORS
  53. 53. visual metaphor for “eating disorder”
  54. 54. minimalist posters of a concept
  55. 55. minimalist posters of a concept
  56. 56. Get Your Metaphorical Mind On
  57. 57. 3 of Me https://flipgrid.com/e10d51 current life in 3 emoji CSI (colour / symbol/image of you) 3 of me (where I’ve been/ where I am/ where I’m headed)
  58. 58. please transition back
  59. 59. Crowdsourced Visual Vocab create dictionary of iconography
  60. 60. Crowdsourced Visual Icon Dictionary - education - idea - technology - information - conflict - love - time - change - student - government - learning - imagine - travel - question - research/ curation - quote - food - success - earth/world/ global - school - team/group - camera - smartphone - problem - think - imagine - writing - drawing flipgrid.com/61a2f7
  61. 61. affective data
  62. 62. please transition back
  63. 63. Kennings hyphenated compound metaphor Anglo-Saxon and Norse literature “northern kiss”= cold wind “whale-road” = the ocean “sky-candle”= sun
  64. 64. analogies game word bank of nouns seek connections (use like and as) visualize horse wind
  65. 65. Visual Kenning create a kenning … then sketch! ideas: natural phenomenon things in daily life
  66. 66. please transition back
  67. 67. feline devastation starlight fir @serendipidoodle
  68. 68. add corset ones
  69. 69. Serendipidoodle flipgrid.com/639bd7 bit.ly/serendipidoodlizer Use the given prompt slips or try to be metaphorical
  70. 70. Muchness and Suchness abstract concept viz based on letter *inspired by Lewis Carroll
  71. 71. Drawing Muchness Choose a letter. Think of abstract concepts beginning with that letter. Depict visually.
  72. 72. please transition back
  73. 73. 3 sketches Use the + and = sign to illustrate the synthesis Sanburgian Synthesis
  74. 74. Sandburgian Synthesis Think of the elements that are a poetic synthesis. Make 3 sketches Use + and =
  75. 75. please transition back
  76. 76. remix logo
  77. 77. sketchquotes
  78. 78. I just want to make beautiful things… even if nobody cares
  79. 79. #bowie #literalalphabet Playing with PUNS
  80. 80. #literalalphabet Bow-e J-walk M-bark Y-knot
  81. 81. Sketchquote Pun Play Google Remix Choose one (or more!) and try to visualize.
  82. 82. please transition back
  83. 83. #needoji What words can’t express… wanderlust FOMO (fear of missing out) Woe is me… Having a Beyonce moment A-ha moment
  84. 84. “untranslatable” words SAUDADE (Portuguese) : longing feeling for something you’ve loved which is now lost IKTSUARPOK (Inuit) : go outside to check if anyone is coming PANA PO’O (Hawaiian) : scratch head in order to remember something you have forgotten
  85. 85. essentializing
  86. 86. David Ogilvy big ideas usually come as simple ideas
  87. 87. Picasso’s Exercise: used at Apple
  88. 88. synthesis: emoji story Emojiliterate?
  89. 89. The way out of the box is via the shackles
  90. 90. @BryanMMathers
  91. 91. Pictographs / Isotypes (1930s)
  92. 92. playing with type
  93. 93. 
 Metaphorical Typography the lettering matches the mood or subject the word is describing Try with your name, your city or how you feel right now https://flipgrid.com/24dddf
  94. 94. please transition back
  95. 95. One Word to Rule Them All your life right now your summer plans Distill something complex, such an experience or content knowledge, into a single word and augment using metaphorical typography and/or accompanying doodles https://flipgrid.com/a8611a
  96. 96. 4 icon challenge
  97. 97. icon challenge distill an event, film, song, or biography into 3-6 icons nounproject.com is a great source flipgrid.com/8a3720
  98. 98. Symbol Redesign
  99. 99. student symbol re-design via Rhitt Growl
  100. 100. icon re-design: THE LOO design a new male / female/ non-gender specific icon for the restroom
  101. 101. please transition back
  102. 102. Mondrian-ify and Minimalist Poster
  103. 103. Mondrian-esque Metaphor
  104. 104. Illustrate a concept/idea from your discipline MONDRIAN-IFY use simple geometric shapes and/or basic colors for symbolism https://flipgrid.com/74443b
  105. 105. Haikonography of “SPEAK” by L Halse Anderson Haikonography
  106. 106. Haikonography write a visual haiku using only icons Three lines: five icons / seven icons / five icons ***remix! Write each on index cards then mill around room and exchange …new poem! flipgrid.com/5f6992
  107. 107. please transition back
  108. 108. Dichotomy Series : male/ female
  109. 109. http://2kindsofpeople.tumblr.com/
  110. 110. http://2kindsofpeople.tumblr.com/
  111. 111. Split Screen: “Go Up”, Cassius
  112. 112. Split Screen: “Go Up”, Cassius
  113. 113. picture VENNs
  114. 114. #oldandnew
  115. 115. Dichotomy OR Humourous Venn https://flipgrid.com/2ee88f Illustrate a dichotomy (try to let the image do most of the talking but you can contextualize with words) OR Create a humourous Venn diagram with images and labels
  116. 116. please transition back
  117. 117. INSIGHT
  118. 118. How much coffee do you need? -Gwen Burvall, 10
  119. 119. #Gridsgestures Nick Sousanis
  120. 120. 3 panel summary
  121. 121. MINIMALIST MOVIE POSTERS POEMS NOVELS HISTORICAL EVENTS
  122. 122. Visualize a Series in a Theme (Values)
  123. 123. Theme: “Power of Books”
  124. 124. 3 Panel Summary Theme Grid In My Mind Illustrate a film, novel or process in 3 panels OR Create a grid depicting a theme such as 
 Love is… / Summer is… OR sketch what’s in your mind
  125. 125. playing with stuff
  126. 126. Pareidolia use existing found objects
  127. 127. Pareidolia REMIX: draw over existing landscape Paper 53 app
  128. 128. Re-contextualize Artwork Museum Remix Paper 53 app
  129. 129. paper clip pareidolia
  130. 130. 
 Pareidolia Use the mundane things around you (or items in your bag) to create a whimsical illustration Seek patterns and make something out of nothing (a common one is to "see a face" in an inanimate thing) Feel free to use paper and markers to enhance the illusionhttps://flipgrid.com/18e0dd
  131. 131. please transition back
  132. 132. OREO Challenge everyone gets 1 Oreo (a malleable object) *if you need more you can partner with someone use the Oreo, paper, + markers to visually depict either: (“advertise an idea”)
  133. 133. leave whole!
  134. 134. take apart cut in half
  135. 135. turn on side crumble
  136. 136. OREO Challenge Create a visual representation of a concept from the course using any available materials and a single Oreo cookie. Think of it as an advertisement of an idea. https://flipgrid.com/5a58a9
  137. 137. playing with others exquisite corpse / collaborative creativity
  138. 138. collaborative creativity: #remash
  139. 139. Visual verse volley
  140. 140. #hashtaggerie
  141. 141. idea! St. Pepper Sketch-a-Song Exquisite Corpse
  142. 142. volley snowball warm-up visualize a vocabulary term, whimsical hashtag or short poem offered by a peer write word then “throw” as a snowball create an icon or other visualization for the idea (try metaphorical thinking) flipgrid.com/1ea232
  143. 143. more ideas from my book:
  144. 144. Lewis Carroll chortle: chuckle + snort mimsy: miserable + flimsy portmanteaux phrankenword
  145. 145. https://flipgrid.com/707831 Phrankenword for the Summer…
  146. 146. 1 word + 3 image sketch note (reflect 1st day of school) #oodledoodle
  147. 147. Time?
  148. 148. @michelrijk MINDFULNESS:
 one-line drawing
  149. 149. 
 Partner Portrait in 1 Line Practice mindfulness by attempting to draw with one continuous line Try drawing your friend's portrait this way Perhaps add a little message of encouragement and give them the portrait as a gift https://flipgrid.com/d112ea
  150. 150. *Henry Miller
  151. 151. Make something GOOD every day
  152. 152. your big takeaway a question your personal challenge https://flipgrid.com/152be8
  153. 153. @amyburvall bit.ly/imagED @IntentionBook

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