Visual Thinking basic training 101.
Welcome to the our Ink Strategy academy training page. In this seven day training you will learn the basics of visual thinking including material choices, 3d design, drawing people and creating depth and perspective. With this basic training you can apply visual thinking in your meetings.
Introduction to Visual Thinking
You will need a good quality black pen and a few grey markers for shading.
The best black marker we have found is a paper mate Flair. This has a hard nylon tip and the tip wil stay stiff throughout its lifetime. Sharpers are good for bolder lines and Comic markers are our go to marker for creating depth and shading. Get these pens before you continue with the course.
Draw with your body.
Use the large muscles in your back to draw and avoid getting RSI.
We draw a lot at Ink Strategy and if you want to learn how to draw you will need to put in the hours. Make sure you have a comfortable chair to sit in with your feet flat on the floor and your elbows supported by arm rests. You can draw very small lines with only by moving your wrist but we recommend you practice drawing long straight lines with your back.
3 minute video on depth and perspective.
Add depth with perspective.
Perspective is important to create depth in your visualisation. Depth means that you can prioritise items in your visualisation above others. You can add more information to 3d objects because you have the top, and two sides to work with. At Ink Strategy we often work in 3d areas to plot out the information in order to build a compelling storyline.
How to draw people
Bring you drawing to life by adding people.
In user centered design and design thinking people play an important central role. In order to connect with your audience and create recognition it helps to draw people in important business processes, strategies and visions.
Every visualisation has a different level of abstraction
In meetings you will need to draw things and places that have different metaphorical meanings. An emotion is more challenging to draw than a physical object like a chair. Alex will walk you through some different visualisations that you can practice to build a visual library.