How do we learn? How do we best communicate or share our ideas?As a visual thinker, I tend to pull out a paper and pencil in most conversations and start to draw a graphic representation of what is being discussed. Some people look at me like I’m crazy and others look at me and say, “Thanks, now I get what we are talking about.” When I saw mashable’s post this morning ( 6 Gorgeous Twitter Visualizations – http://bit.ly/prlZo ) it made me remember a long-standing observation of mine, that (generally speaking) people can be broken into two categories, visual and non-visual thinkers.
Working in advertising it has been a joy to present creative to the visual thinkers in the room. Presenting a campaign to non-visual thinkers tends to be a different meeting. The dialogue starts and evolves differently, often arriving at the same conclusion as visually based discussions.
Then I saw a visual Steven Rubel shared yesterday via http://tinyurl.com/dzlrgs. or via steve at http://tinyurl.com/moo5le
And just this morning I found this image via http://www.socialmediamagic.com/
Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t include a friend of mine who just finished his book The Gort Cloud. The Gort Cloud is a vast, largely invisible and growing ‘community’ that sieves, measures and exchanges information on green products and services. A great visual video here. http://www.thegortcloud.com/qa.html
I love the Twitter visuals (as noted above) and wanted to give a plug to common craft. I don’t know them and am not getting any kick backs, but they sure have a fun style of simple teaching that is accessible and yes it is a VISUAL approach to a lot of subjects. visit http://www.commoncraft.com/videos