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How Can it Help? As journalists you take fragments of information and find ways to convey complexity in an understandable form… Photo: Matt Callow via Flickr
How Can it Help? …visual thinking can help you become more effective at that process. Photo: Matt Callow via Flickr
Dig through these? Photo: Lidal-K via Flickr
Or Reference This? Information all on one page, can easily be referenced & updated as you go
Who here is sitting there thinking “But I can’t draw?”
It’s not about finished artwork
It’s about getting away from the linear flow of your word processor
Tools
Writing Method LIST OUTLINE DRAFT PUBLISH fact idea Loremidea dolor fact met, consectfact event elit. Phasellusaliquamidea fact, ac fringillanisl event in. Pellentesquefact factsodalestincidunt. Idea. event idea fact fact event fact event event fact idea idea event idea idea fact fact fact event Source: Marks & Meaning (V.0) by Dave Gray
Visual Method ARTIFACTS MODEL REFINE DISPLAY Inspired by: Marks & Meaning (V.0) by Dave Gray | Sketch: carey.chiaia | Illustration: Dougbelshaw
Loremidea dolor fact met, consectfact event elit. Phasellusaliquamidea fact, ac fringillanisl event in. Pellentesquefact factsodalestincidunt. Idea. idea event fact fact event idea event fact idea fact fact event event LIST OUTLINE DRAFT PUBLISH event ARTIFACTS MODEL REFINE DISPLAY fact idea idea idea fact fact The process is actually quite similar – and in the early stages there’s no reason you can’t start at one and move to the other.
A Visual “Alphabet” The basic elements of the visual alphabet are really quite simple.
Simplify But you can create almost anything with them.
Create Artifacts Post-its, Index cards, paper.  Make physical artifacts that you can see, touch and reference
Get Physical Get up, move around, shuffle the artifacts to see what happens
See the whole picture Lay everything out where you can see it, physically move yourself to view it from different angles. What structures or relationships can you see now?
Methods
MindMapping
Maps A map can very quickly convey the necessary information. Writing the same notion out could take many, many words words Sketch: Kevin Steinhardt
Timeline Give your notes context and a timeframe, show how the events relate and effect each other. Sketch: Chance Projects
Comparison Table Quickly summarize the differences between two or more things. Can be referenced very quickly Sketch: Doug Belshaw
Clustering Discover patterns and relationships in your artifacts. Move them into clusters or categories based on their common ties
Models / Systems How do elements related to each other?
Delivery / Publishing Watch for opportunities to tell your stories with visuals that complement your text Photo: divinemissn
My Own Process
List / Artifacts
Outline / Model
Draft / Refining
Publish / Delivery
Visual Thinking resources, VizThnkU online courses, free webinars and workshops, local communities VizThink.com
Questions? Thanks for your time! I’ll post slides & links to resources at: http://ryancoleman.ca/CAJ2010 Ryan Coleman  http://ryancoleman.ca Twitter: @ryancoleman CC: Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike

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  • 4. How Can it Help? As journalists you take fragments of information and find ways to convey complexity in an understandable form… Photo: Matt Callow via Flickr
  • 5. How Can it Help? …visual thinking can help you become more effective at that process. Photo: Matt Callow via Flickr
  • 6. Dig through these? Photo: Lidal-K via Flickr
  • 7. Or Reference This? Information all on one page, can easily be referenced & updated as you go
  • 8. Who here is sitting there thinking “But I can’t draw?”
  • 9. It’s not about finished artwork
  • 10. It’s about getting away from the linear flow of your word processor
  • 11. Tools
  • 12. Writing Method LIST OUTLINE DRAFT PUBLISH fact idea Loremidea dolor fact met, consectfact event elit. Phasellusaliquamidea fact, ac fringillanisl event in. Pellentesquefact factsodalestincidunt. Idea. event idea fact fact event fact event event fact idea idea event idea idea fact fact fact event Source: Marks & Meaning (V.0) by Dave Gray
  • 13. Visual Method ARTIFACTS MODEL REFINE DISPLAY Inspired by: Marks & Meaning (V.0) by Dave Gray | Sketch: carey.chiaia | Illustration: Dougbelshaw
  • 14. Loremidea dolor fact met, consectfact event elit. Phasellusaliquamidea fact, ac fringillanisl event in. Pellentesquefact factsodalestincidunt. Idea. idea event fact fact event idea event fact idea fact fact event event LIST OUTLINE DRAFT PUBLISH event ARTIFACTS MODEL REFINE DISPLAY fact idea idea idea fact fact The process is actually quite similar – and in the early stages there’s no reason you can’t start at one and move to the other.
  • 15. A Visual “Alphabet” The basic elements of the visual alphabet are really quite simple.
  • 16. Simplify But you can create almost anything with them.
  • 17. Create Artifacts Post-its, Index cards, paper. Make physical artifacts that you can see, touch and reference
  • 18. Get Physical Get up, move around, shuffle the artifacts to see what happens
  • 19. See the whole picture Lay everything out where you can see it, physically move yourself to view it from different angles. What structures or relationships can you see now?
  • 22. Maps A map can very quickly convey the necessary information. Writing the same notion out could take many, many words words Sketch: Kevin Steinhardt
  • 23. Timeline Give your notes context and a timeframe, show how the events relate and effect each other. Sketch: Chance Projects
  • 24. Comparison Table Quickly summarize the differences between two or more things. Can be referenced very quickly Sketch: Doug Belshaw
  • 25. Clustering Discover patterns and relationships in your artifacts. Move them into clusters or categories based on their common ties
  • 26. Models / Systems How do elements related to each other?
  • 27. Delivery / Publishing Watch for opportunities to tell your stories with visuals that complement your text Photo: divinemissn
  • 33. Visual Thinking resources, VizThnkU online courses, free webinars and workshops, local communities VizThink.com
  • 34. Questions? Thanks for your time! I’ll post slides & links to resources at: http://ryancoleman.ca/CAJ2010 Ryan Coleman http://ryancoleman.ca Twitter: @ryancoleman CC: Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike

Editor's Notes

  1. http://www.flickr.com/photos/solidal/2867760815/
  2. Lay everything out where you can see itPhysically move the elements
  3. Lay everything out where you can see itCreate ArtifactsLook for new relationships/structures
  4. Brainstorming, Information Gathering and organization
  5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kevinsteinhardt/4179011167/
  6. http://www.flickr.com/photos/chanceprojects/3323969624/
  7. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dougbelshaw/4244256733/
  8. Watch for opportunities for visualization in your workhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/divinemissn/2853125582/