When we sketch live in a workshop setting, one of our main goals is to visually capture the information that bubbles up in conversation between facilitators and client groups, and to fuel the evolution of new ideas and alignment. We want to produce an artifact that anyone can quickly understand. So how do you do all of that, live, in the moment?
Ted May [he/him]
Building consensus can be difficult. Of course, it’s rare for groups to always be in complete agreement and this isn’t unique to virtual collaboration. People have different perspectives, passions, and goals. It’s hard enough getting a group to agree on where to order lunch, let alone on how to deal with enormous issues such as growth, innovation, and transformation.
Many times I’ve witnessed how having a drawing posted up in a room enhances group dialogue by serving as a shorthand for a concept or a point of view.
When I started writing this post a couple months ago, the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t yet spread around world. But I think it can help many parents out there, in these uncertain times and beyond.
I don’t consider myself an ideation expert, but in my role as a sketch artist I’ve been involved in many ideation exercises. Not actually ideating mind you, but the visual facilitation and capture of ideation. You could just say I draw people’s ideas.
If you align your design to the questions you’re asking, you can create powerful visual storytelling communications.
We use visual metaphors a lot. They’re a powerful way to make a point quickly and many easily lend themselves to fun, illustrative treatments. However, they can be tricky to work with. I recently had to call on past experience to get me out of a sticky metaphor dilemma.