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…

Seven C’s of communication design

Do you design your communications or do they just kind of happen? When your communication is important — that is, when you want it to be remembered — you need to think carefully and design it to resonate with your…

The rule of thirds

The rule of thirds is a principle of composition that helps you keep your images dynamic. It gives you eight elements to work with — four lines and four intersections. Placing points of interest along the lines or at the…

3D: A model for learning and improvement

All learning and improvement begins with action — with doing. For example, as a child you touch a hot stove. Action leads to discovery; in this case, the discovery that the action led to pain, burning, discomfort. Based on this…

Lines of communication

In war, the first thing an army will attack is the enemy’s lines of communication. Why? Because success depends on people, who can only act on information they have received and understood. The Internet was originally developed to enable rapid…