Good, legible handwriting goes a long way in any visual thinking exercise. Every image you sketch (on paper or on a tablet) probably has annotation and labels of some kind, and if you/your audience can’t read it then those notes are doomed to be discarded!
Mind mapping is an easy, approachable way to start making your thoughts visible. In this brief video, we touch on the basics, from Mapping Inner Space by Nancy Margulies, and cover some of the myriad applications.
It was a simple commitment. Not to draw every day, not to write every day, not to fill it with amazing thoughts. Just to always have at hand a means for capturing random thoughts and information. Now there are few things I treasure more than my archive of notebooks.
We live in an anti-process culture. We love results. No -- we are obsessed with them, addicted even. The faster, the easier and the bigger, the better. Education is reduced to test scores and report cards. A career is a string of job titles. Health is a number on a scale. But the obsession with outcome is costing us more than we know.
Seemingly impossible or confining limitations provide a challenge — a way to unlock creativity, not to suppress it. They can focus creative energy into a narrow channel in such a way that strengthens its impact.
I believe that drawing skills will soon rival the importance of reading and writing in our schools. Does that seem nuts in an age when the arts are often the first cut from school budgets? I don’t think so. I think we’re amidst a major cultural shift in the way we communicate — particularly online