Tools and methods

Visual thinking

When it is useful

The use of visualisation at work relies on our ability to remember and process information verbally and visually. By using illustrations, icon systems and creativity, we are able to better communicate information, understand processes or remember details of discussions. Taking notes or creating visuals of this kind does not require great graphic skills, but for your project you can use the help of a professional – the so-called facilitator. Visual thinking is used in different ways: to create personal notes, to summarize a meeting or a conference, or to record a workshop process.

Visual thinking

Step by step instruction

  • You can invite people to your visual thinking workshops – team members, residents, experts – and use the new skills in your meetings.
  • You can invite people specialised in visual facilitation to your meetings or workshops – they can help prepare a summary which you can then share on social media to encourage new people to join your project or include in your project documentation.
  • If you want to start visual notation for your own purposes, look for simple instructions on the web, where you can learn how to create structure, text boxes, relationships, icons and metaphors from simple, basic shapes.

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