Rebecca Moss, LATIS

Number of participants: 5-8
Prerequisites: None
Format: 3 hour workshop on the first day, with check-ins and practice sessions throughout the week

Why is this topic important?

In a world filled with information, much of which comes to us in a visual manner, it is important to learn techniques that we can use to better synthesize, organize and utilize visuals to be more effective communicators.

What should I expect?

We will cover many of the basic principles of using visuals, including:

  • understanding and constructing visual narratives
  • visual notetaking (sketchnoting) – listening for and translating main points into visuals and text
  • graphic facilitation and how it can be used effectively with groups
  • how we process and organize information using visual communication hierarchies
  • creating effective visuals

Part of the time will be spent on theory, and the rest will be hand’s on activities. Attendees will have an opportunity to share what they’ve learned with the group.

Hands on activities

  • Visually organizing information on a page
  • Mind mapping
  • Creating effective icons, designing text, and using visual emphasis
  • Viewing successful examples of visual communication

What to Bring

We will provide materials to draw with, but please bring any notebooks, pens, pencils, tablets, or other materials you prefer to use. A computer is not required, but there will be lots of links to materials you might want to check out, so an internet accessible device will be handy. 

Finally, bring your creative, playful self. This workshop will be very interactive, so be prepared to participate in the activities and to share your work.