Squiggle birds

Squiggle birds is a quick exercise that you can use to get people stretching their visual thinking muscles. It takes about five minutes and quickly, clearly demonstrates how little effort is really required to make meaningful, easy-to-read images. The main…

How to know when to draw

My friend Marcia Conner, an admitted “word person” has been honing her visual thinking skills. She asked me “How can I recognize when I should be drawing an idea, versus communicating it some other way?” Watch my conversation (and sketching)…

How to know what to draw

I have taught a lot of people how to draw their ideas. One of the questions that comes up over and over is “now that I can draw my ideas, how do I know what to draw to get my…

Visual Thinking basics

In this video, I share some basics of visual thinking that should get you up in running in about 20 minutes. This video is a bit long, so I added a table of contents so you can quickly navigate to…

Drawing facial expressions

Here’s a quick video on drawing facial expressions. You might also want to check out a related post from Communication Nation in 2005.

Toward a theory of information relativity

Visual thinking, originally uploaded by dgray_xplane. People often ask me how to visualize information. They ask things like “How can I visualize my industry ecosystem?” or “How can I visualize how my product works.” My first instinct is to try…

Some basic rules for napkin sketching

An introduction to some basic principles for making better napkin-sketches.

How to draw a car

Part of my exploration of visual literacy is looking at how we might teach people to express themselves visually. Part of this is learning how to draw simple objects. This video shows how you can draw a car using very…

The whirl

I talk about some of the cognitive challenges of the information age, and why visual language is an important tool for dealing with them.

Forms, fields, and flows

In this short video (about seven minutes) I introduce some basic principles of visual language: Forms, fields and flows. I think of this as the “alphabet” of visual language. This set of principles is the primary set of marks you…