I learn when I take my time. And I learn even better when I draw what I’m learning. I learn best when I share my learning-by-drawing with others.
Fancy words for what I hope to achieve by sharing my drawing might include knowledge translation, visual synthesis, information visualization, graphics for knowledge mobilization, translational graphics, and the like. But what I really want to do is to bring big ideas (including research about very small things) to more people.
A few recent examples of live drawing from public lectures:
I’m learning that all of us are more complex and interesting than we see at first, no matter how slow we are in realizing it. It’s good to give ourselves and others as many looks as we might need so that we might see beyond the surface.
I’m also slowly learning to use Adobe Photoshop as a drawing tool. I’m having fun using the select tool for hand lettering.
What an honour it is to have my work sketchnoted by Sacha Chua!
“Whoever Shows Up is the Right People.” Harrison Owen
Last Wednesday about twenty visual thinkers met for our first “Visual Thinking Show and Tell” night at OCADU in Toronto. Inspired by VizThink groups in NYC and elswhere, we gathered for a couple of hours of face-to-face sharing of knowledge, ideas, inspirations, philosophies, and even a few practical tips.
We started with two fine presentations: John Burrett, a visual analyst all the way from Ottawa, shared some wisdom about effective graphs and charts. Jim Ridge shared a charming story featuring lines and squiggles and the beauty of a story simply told. Then, we broke up into groups of interest using Open Space Technology.
We showed. We told.
We planned for doing it again.
For me, one of the highlights of the evening was realizing that gathering a community of practice is one of the most effective ways to support a Slow Learning education. People who share common interest like sharing with each other. It’s easy. It’s fun. You learn from experts. Dialogue happens. We all get better together.
And speaking of dialogue, thanks to Design with Dialogue for encouraging this sort of thing, and thanks to OCADU for hosting us.
UC Berkeley podcasts lectures (for free!), and I doodle.
I enjoyed this lecturer’s class so much that I spent most of yesterday listening and drawing. Unfortunately, the website doesn’t credit him. Here are a few of my notes.