How to draw a stick figure

Cliff Atkinson asked if I would show how to draw a stick figure, so I decided to let you in on a little trade secret: All stick figures are not created equal. Today I’m going to teach you to draw…

Affinity mapping

Affinity mapping, originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. Affinity mapping is a way to sort large amounts of data into logical groups. Existing items and/or new items identified by individuals are written on sticky notes which are sorted into categories as a…

Interview: User Experience podcast

I was recently interviewed on the User Experience Podcast: Visual Communication – an Interview with Dave Gray “Dave talks about giving ourselves permission to draw, about how the printing press led us to communicate in a particular way, and about…

Is PowerPoint good or evil?

PowerPoint. People either love it or hate it. There is no doubt that Powerpoint has had an influence on the world — but is it a positive one or a negative one? And who decides? Here’s what the experts say:…

From presentations to conversations

Presentations need an overhaul. I don’t mean your PowerPoint or your presentation style; I mean our cultural approach to presenting. We need to take another look at it. Question: What is the purpose of the presentation? The overt purpose is…

What’s next in visual communication?

This article was originally published in Infonomia, a Spanish magazine. Read it in Spanish here. Two million years ago, the first distinct and recognizably human cultures emerged. These early humans – known as Homo Erectus, or upright man – made…