VizThink is a global community for visual thinkers and communicators who like to get beyond words and believe that visuals can be an effective tool whether you’re just trying to work through your ideas or working to get your message across as simply as possible.
As Dave Gray, founder of XPLANE & a VizThink founding member often says “Every five year-old can draw, everyone was five once. Therefore everyone can draw.” Anyone, of any skill level, can be a visual thinker – we’re a community that believes visual thinking is about the process, not the result. Much of what we try to share and teach here on VizThink.com are skills that anyone with a pen and paper can try their hand at.
So don’t be afraid, jump right in and give anything a go – you might surprise yourself!
We get asked all the time “So what is this visual thinking thing anyways?” – and typically we pause, try to put together a coherent answer and hope we haven’t confused the person more than before they asked. It’s a really hard question to answer, visual thinking is a very personal definition to many people, everyone has their own flavor.
Wikipedia’s (very dry) definition is “… visual thinking … is the common phenomenon of thinking through visual processing using the part of the brain that is emotional and creative to organize information in an intuitive and simultaneous way.”
One of the best definitions we’ve encountered however is from the Visual Thinking School Squidoo:
Visual thinking is about using pictures to help you solve problems, think about complex issues and communicate more effectively.
If you’re getting that inkling you may be a visual thinker, but aren’t sure where to start try our Learn Visual Thinking section, especially our content in the “The Basics” category, we’ve handpicked that content as it touches on key, foundation skills that will have you thinking visually in no time flat.
Once you’ve had a chance to check out the site be sure to find VizThink on other sites like Twitter, Facebook,LinkedIn & Flickr. They’re all great places to get linked up with the latest content we’re finding and sharing as well as it’s a perfect way to find & meet other visual thinkers.
If you want to share something with the community just tag it with #vizthink and we’ll find it!
Welcome to the community, we’re glad to have you here.