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How to draw star man
To draw the star-man always start by the shoulders. Then
the head. Then the limbs. Play with the curvature of the
limbs to express: balance, direction, intention and other
Why do you need a sketching vocabulary?
Use space for commas
Frames, containers, space and negative space
are the commas and paragraphs of the
Use eye-mouth separation to express age
In general, age increases with eye-mouth dispersion…
Toddler vs. granma
…except for the granma case, where proportions
become again those of a toddler* - Akira Toriyama
Use the lips to express a range of feelings
happy (not so happy) sad
Exercise: Building a graphic vocabulary
Try to sketch these
keywords (in less than
10 seconds each)
love, robot, key
flower, house, time
summer, cold, hot
Teach to steal by forcing people to share...
Getting used to steal
People are weary of stealing. But stealing is
OK. As long as you give credit. A way to make
participants getting comfortable with stealing is
by using guided mastery. (See Bandura’s guided
mastery, see also #gamification). Exercise: Give
each participant four A4 papers. Fill each A4
respectively with: Lines. Triangles. Circles.
Squares. Be creative. At each A4 make
participants incorporate one interesting
‘element’ from their peers’ previous A4 into
Test your storyfication skills…
1 Watch Paolo Cardini's talk Forget multitasking, try monotasking
2 Summarise the talk in a A4 paper with sticky notes
3 Share (in pairs)
4 Incorporate at least one ‘element’ from peer
5 Iterate three times
Share & steal from your peers...
Exercise: How-to gain confidence?
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When we arrived in the Valley we didn’t know
anyone outside our comfort zone. Me and
Cesar decided that we would try to make an
effort to socialize more with strangers. So
every Saturday noon we would go to a random
Starbucks. We meet self-taught illustrator Juan
Villa at such a Starbucks near Edgewood. He
taught me this hack: Write numbers from 1 to
9. The left hand writes the mirror image of the
right hand. Both hands write at the same speed.
Most people are surprisingly good at left-hand
mirror sketching. Gain confidence by
discovering hidden abilities.
About the author
Jose Berengueres received a Masters in Electrical Engineering in
Barcelona and a PhD in bio-inspired robots from Tokyo Institute of
Technology. He has taught Design Thinking and Business Models
Innovation in Dubai, California, Germany and Mexico. He also consults
on UX and biomimetics. In 2014 he was mentor at StartupWeekend
Dubai. He currently is assistant professor at UAE University where he
developed The Brown Book of Design Thinking.