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Posted by Craighton Berman  |   6 Jun 2011  |  Comments (13)

sketchnotes_matali.jpgsketchnotes by Craighton Berman, click for full-sized images!

This post is the first in a new "sketchnotes channel" on Core77 (www.core77.com/sketchnotes) that will explore the application of visual thinking tools in the worlds of design and creative thinking.

The recent rise of the "visual thinking" movement in business borrows from the natural ways designers work—using sketches to explore and express ideas, manipulating complex systems of thoughts on sticky notes, and using rough visuals to make sense of the world. Humans are, of course, wired to be visual thinkers from birth, so it's only natural that people are attracted to these tools, and the power they have to help solve problems and explore opportunities.

In the long list of tools one could use for visual thinking, sketchnotes are one of the most exciting. Simply put, sketchnotes are visual notes that are drawn in real time. Through the use of images, text, and diagrams, these notes take advantage of the "visual thinker" mind's penchant for make sense of—and understanding—information with pictures. Often these notes come out of lectures or conferences, and have gained a lot of attention and interest in the past few years when people post scans of their sketchbooks from events like SXSW or various design conferences for the whole internet to see.

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This kind of note taking has an obvious appeal for both the coverage of the event as well as the aesthetic quality of getting a peek inside someone's sketchbook—but good sketchnotes are actually much more than a set of beautiful doodles.

Sketchnoters aren't reporters, information designers, or illustrators. They're actually all three at once. This form of rapid visualization forces you to listen to the lecture, synthesize what's being expressed, and visualize a composition that captures the idea—all in real time. A musicians' "circular breathing" for the Moleskine crowd.

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Posted by Craighton Berman  |  18 May 2011  |  Comments (1)

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In case you missed it, we sent Craighton Berman (aka fueledbycoffee, one of our Coretoon geniuses), to take note of some of the big ideas from last week's Illinois Institute of Design's Strategy Conference in Chicago. Checkout some great ideas from international executives addressing how businesses can use design to explore emerging opportunities, solve complex problems and achieve lasting strategic advantage.

Day two was dynamic with great presentations from Steelcase's Jim Hackett on designing systems, Jeanne Liedtka (UVA Darden Busines School), Ted London (University of Michigan), Navroze Godrej (Institute of Design), John Seely Brown (Deloitte Center for the Edge) and Larry Keeley (Doblin). Check out all the sketchnotes from Day 1 and don't forget to click on each image to enlarge!

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Posted by Craighton Berman  |  13 May 2011  |  Comments (3)

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We sent Craighton Berman (aka fueledbycoffee, one of our Coretoon geniuses), to take note of some of the big ideas from this week's Illinois Institute of Design's Strategy Conference in Chicago. Checkout some great ideas from international executives addressing how businesses can use design to explore emerging opportunities, solve complex problems and achieve lasting strategic advantage. Check out big ideas from Bill Moggridge—Core77 columnist and Director of Cooper-Hewitt National Design museum, Chris Meyer (Standing on the Sun), Jamshyd Godrej, Peapod Labs, Connie Yowell (Macarthur Foundation), Neeru Khosla (CK-12 Foundation), Kun-pyo Lee (LG Electronics), and Jun Cai (Tsinghua University). Click on each image to enlarge!

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