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Mar 5, 2015

A quick exercise for stretching your visual thinking muscles

I came across this very useful exercise shared by Visual Thinking Expert Dave Gray, one the most important Visual Thinker and Writer. Check out this short video presentation and read the explanation below.

"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 point of the demonstration is that our minds are already pattern-making machines, and very little drawing is actually required to convey an idea. The mind will fill in the rest."

Mar 3, 2015

Oliver Sacks: what Visual Hallucination reveals about our minds

This an highly interesting talk by famous neurologist Oliver Sacks. He is an excellent storyteller, using empathy, anecdotes and humor.

Oliver helps us to understand what visual disorders reveal about how the brain works. 


He wrote a book called The Mind's Eye. The book contains case studies of people whose ability to navigate the world visually and communicate with others have been compromised, including the author's own experience. You also can listen to Oliver Sack's Interview about Mind's Eye on NPR's Podcast 



Jan 17, 2015

When Mind Mapping meets Subway Maps and Infographics

The hybridization of Mind Mapping with other visual thinking techniques can give very inspiring results like the map below.

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During may 2014 more than 5,000 young people from all over Europe took part to the   European Youth Event (EYE) in Strasbourg. 

Participants generated many ideas for a better Europe. These have been collated in a final report and summarized in this beautiful map.

Source:   European Parlament

Nov 27, 2014

Video: Using Mindmaps in Legal Education


Jeffrey Ritter, Georgetown Law, Mapping the Law: Building and Using Visual Mindmaps in Legal Education from Michele Pistone on Vimeo.

This video is part of a video collection from the Igniting Law Teaching, hosted by LegalED at American University Washington College of Law. Responding to the calls for legal education reform, the conference -- the first of its kind -- created a forum for professors experimenting with cutting edge technologies and techniques in law teaching with the goal of spreading their ideas to the broader community.
The talks were modeled on TEDx Talks, with each speaker on stage alone, giving a well scripted and performed talk about an aspect of law school pedagogy. 

Aug 15, 2014

Video: Visualizing the scale of the brain


The human brain is an impressive organ. It is one of the most complex structures in the known universe.  

Visualizing the Scale of the Human Brain was an infographic competition organized this year by the MIT to explain the scale and the complexity of the brain.

Check out this awesome infographic video from Nicolás Borie Williams who created it for this competition.

Aug 6, 2014

Dadaviz: a new website for quality data visualizations


We are at a point where data and information are more and more widely available, and the visual language of data and informations is becoming more popular.

The Web itself is increasingly based on visual communication. In this a visual thinking era the terms "data visualizations" and "infographics" remain often used interchangeably.

What is the difference?

Infographics use a lot of illustrations and design, they are often hand crafted and used to tell a story or answer a question.

Data visualizations are used to let the user find his own answer and are often created automatically. They help to quickly interpret complex information, with different kind of data.

 
Source: dadaviz.com

What is Dadaviz.com?

Dadaviz is a new website. Its purpose of is to provide quality data visualizations on a daily basis. Dadaviz creates a curated stream for quality data visualizations, helping us to develop our critical thinking skills as well as our visual literacy skills.

I love the idea, it's like an independent Music Label that produces and distributes its own exclusive quality music. In addition, Dadaviz is very intuitive, its user interface has a minimalistic design, seeking clarity and simplicity.

Dadaviz is updated every day and we can choose to a daily or weekly subscription in order to discover brand new data visualizations.