Visual thinking is about taking advantage of our innate ability to see: both with our eyes and with our mind’s eye, to discover ideas that are otherwise invisible, develop those ideas quickly and intuitively, and then share those ideas with other people in a way that they simply get.
Our Visual Learning Lab empowers young people in schools and youth organizations with the knowledge and skills to experience visual thinking and benefit from the opportunities it offers.
European Youth Network for Creativity and Innovation
Visual thinking is an extraordinarily powerful way to solve problems, and though it may seem to be something new, the fact is that we already know how to do it.
The guide rope consists of:
What is the process of visual thinking?
This is a loopy process and not a linear process, in life.
How to look?
The principles are:
How to see?
There are six ways:
How to imagine?
The way to imagine is to use the SQVID framework. It uses both sides of your brain.
How to show?
The three steps of showing are:
For each of the six ways of seeing, there is one corresponding way of showing and one framework to use.
The frameworks are:
Portrait: Who/what:( renderings, profiles, plans,
They show the recognizable qualities that
1. Think simple
2. Iluminate lists
3. Visually describe
Map: Where( Venn diagrams, schematics,
landscapes, think-maps). They show the spatial
relationship of one object to another.
1. Everything has a geography
2. North is a state of mind
3. Look beyond the obvious hierarchy
Time-line: When( life cycles, process maps, Gantt charts, progressions, swim lanes). They show when one activity takes place in relation to another
1. Time is a one-way street.
2. Repeating timelines create life cycles
3. Round versus linear
Multiple-variable plot: Why
1. Multiple-variable plots are not hard to make but need patience, practice, and, above all, a point.
2. Medium thick soup is best: Too few variables and too many variable have to be avoided.
3. Anything can be mapped to anything else, but one should remember the difference between correlation and causation.