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How to Think Visually

I have been making an effort to think through things more thoroughly and develop my ideas from start to finish. Sadly, I have gotten in the habit of taking my ideas from incubation to excitement to putting them in storage for a later time. So I did some research and found a few great resources to help through the process to execution. Here are the top 5 resources that have helped me be a better visual thinker and ideator.

  1. Dan Roam’s book, Back of the Napkin. Nope, it’s not free but it’s worth the couple dollars. The book is packed with info on solving problems and selling ideas with pictures. If your not convinced, check out his site and download some of the free pdf’s. The <6><6> rule has been especially helpful for me.
  2. Bubbl.us is a free brainstorming app that allows you to create and save mindmaps online. It’s a little tedious at times, but I can’t complain for the price. They just released a beta version that’s also worth a try. Great for showing the relationship between different groups of ideas.
  3. If your not sure which method of visual thinking would be the best, try exploratree and check out their pre-made templates.
  4. Learning by example is one of the quickest and most effective ways to learn new things. David Armano’s flickr account is packed with amazing visuals. Check them out! Great for inspiration and ideation.
  5. David Armano also put together a great presentation which helps to put the above in context.
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