Creativity, Design, Presentations

Visual and Creative Thinking on the iPad

The presentation above is a really great example of an effective use of graphics to get across a message to your audience.  The content is also really interesting if you are interested in pursuing visual recording. I particularly liked the couple of slides (which I have copied below) that give a few tricks for quickly sketching words and ideas into pictures.
Now, I know it says that visual recording is not about being artistic – and I somewhat agree, somewhat disagree.  I look at some of these visuals and I am blown away by how awesome they are and then struck with the “I couldn’t possibly…” disease!  The more I look into it, the more I realize that it is like anything else: get a few good tools under your belt, practice, practice and did I mention you might want to practice?
The next video is from Rachel S. Smith who is a visual recorder/visual facilitator and she is specifically speaking about using the iPad for this.  Her talk (which is done in Brushes) is really interesting and she gives information on four apps that you could use if you wanted to give this a go. A great suggestion she makes if you are someone who is wanting to give this a go but don’t currently have a conference to attend, is to try it out on a YouTube video – or a TED talk.  The four apps she gives information on:

What about a stylus?  I have not used one on the iPad (although when John finishes his apple pie, he is going to hunt one down from an old phone of his so I can give it a go).  If I were to buy one, however, the cosmonaut would be my choice.

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UPDATE! Powers Combined!

How fun is this?

I posted about Austin Kleon.

I posted about Kirby Fergusson.

I posted about Visual Representation of Verbal.

Now look at what I found…..TA DA!

A visual representation of Austin and Kirby via FueledByCoffee , artist Craighton Berman

Creativity, Design, Innovation

Seth Godin

I did think about changing the title of this post to “My Man, Seth Godin” but that may have come across as strange and awkward, plus, he really needs no further embellishment to his name to make you want to keep reading.

Three things I want to share about Seth – this is going to be short and sweet!

1. Most important!  Read his education manifesto.  Seriously.  He has lovingly prepared in in pretty much any format you could possibly desire.  I would like him to read it aloud to me (not an option at this point) but you can have an onscreen version, html version, printable edition, plus multiple e-reader editions and a few other goodies thrown in for good measure!  His work is good.  Understatement. Awesome.  Really thought provoking in so many different areas.  I found it so easy to read that I read it twice in the same day!

2. When you finish reading that, read his book Linchpin.  The thing that got me reading Linchpin was a plea from Seth himself on his website after you scroll down a bit from Stop Stealing Dreams.  He said:

If I could have every administrator, teacher and parent read just one of my books…it would be this one.

Lucky for me, I happen to have a parent at school who owns the book and loaned it to me that same afternoon.  I threw it in my bag on the last day of Snow School to read in the bus on the way to and from the mountain and that was almost enough time to finish it.  Later that night, when I had finished it, I wrote to Seth to thank him for his work.  Cool thing – he wrote back!  I know!  Awesome!   What I love about this book is that it really challenges you to ask questions like “What do I believe in?”, “What do I want to be doing?”, “How can doing what I want to do also help others?”.  It is great.  Read it.

3. Transforming speech or text to graphics is hugely popular these days.  I experienced it first hand as a participant at the NAIS Annual Conference.  Whilst people were giving their address, artists were off to the side transforming their words and ideas into works of art the size of a bed sheet!  This trend continued at the SXSW conference via Ogilvy Notes.  They went a step further and printed out copies for participants to pick up the next day.  A Facebook group about Stop Stealing Dreams was started and one of the members posted the visual summary (above) as a graphic summary of the manifesto.  That person was Lynne Cazaly  – a creative from Melbourne, Australia who does this for a living.

Here is a video of how the live transformation of verbal to visual works via Image Think who were hard at work during SXSW:

This whole new ‘craze’ of drawing what we are saying and thinking in pictures makes me realize why I love the new app Draw Something.  A word guessing game, players pick a level one, two or three word and take their turn to draw it for their partner.  Gold coins are your reward if they are able to guess it. Aside from the spoil sports who simply write the word instead of drawing it, it is actually very cool to see how different people’s brains visualize different things.  Give it a go – I am always up for a game!