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Decoding Visual Thinking! Simon Bolton Š 2011

Tuesday, 19 April 2011


Decoding Visual Thinking Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Simon Bolton Š 2011


1. what is visual thinking?

Decoding Visual Thinking Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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visual thinking

The process of forming, and relating ideas and discovering new emergent paerns . Decoding Visual Thinking Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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visual thinking

Delivers creative intelligence!

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Decoding Visualising Visual Thinking Creative Strategies Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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Visual Thinking!

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Visual Thinking!

Iterative process of using mock-ups and sketches to help expand the quantity and quality of ideas and options, in order to help decision makers visualise and de-risk issues and opportunities. Decoding Visual Thinking Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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what makes the dierence?

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third eye concept

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Third Eye Concept

Developing the ability to see things other people or organisations do not yet see.... Decoding Visual Thinking Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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Third Eye Concept

paern recognition

decoding meaning

Learning how to systematically see Decoding Visual Thinking Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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VisualisingVisual Decoding Creative Thinking Strategies Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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2. the process

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the process

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Step 1. Looking

Step 2. Seeing

What to focus on:

What to use:

What to focus on:

What to use:

Identify issues and their interrelationships

Collecting and Screening activities

Making sense of issues and opportunities

Selecting and clustering activities

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Step 3. Imagining

Step 4. Showing and Telling

What to focus on:

What to use:

What to focus on:

What to use:

Generating new routes to new solutions

Paern recognition activities

Making it clear what you have seen

Communication and engagement activities

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3. tools

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core tools

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visual thinking tools

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Energise flow.

Activate Comparison.

Build Combinations.

Simplest format to use. Linear in format links to speech and flows naturally. Helps to arrange items as ordered or random series.

Brings together a collection of issues or items that are similar or have agreement in something.

Defined network of reference points that enables the matching of two sets of variables against each other to generate four possibilities. Eective at analysing something systematically. Useful for scenario planning for possible futures.

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Grow Understanding

Animate Meaning

Holistic Ideas

Simple explanatory drawing method used to that illustrate the interrelationship between factors or something.

Used to sketch either an outline or make a mental, descriptive or representative picture of something either observed or the embodiment of an idea.

Circular symbol used for representing holistic ideas or concepts.

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additional tools

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Timelines Graphic representation of activities or action over time. Useful for planning and launching innovation.

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T-Bar

5WH

Flexible tool that can be used to evaluate decision making - pro’s and con’s, strengths weaknesses . Useful for force field analysis and provides a framework for looking at the factors (forces) that influence a situation

Based on a tool for journalists to help them explore the focus of an article. Useful for understanding a given or perceived problem.

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Opportunity Mapping Focusses on exploring the interrelationship of two parameters - a context (home, country) and issue (travel - business - women). Useful for mapping complex data and identifying emergent innovation paerns Decoding Visual Thinking Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Progressive Innovation Landscaping Useful for exploring interrelated problems in a progressive manner against two set variables - current and future scenarios.

Four Box Defined network of reference points that enables the matching of two sets of variables against each other to generate four possibilities.

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Pereto Charts

Spider Diagrams

The primary purpose of the Pereto chart is to highlight the most important issues among a set of factors. Useful for bipolar characteristic analysis of both emotional and functional factors.

Enables multiple factors to be analysed against a fixed scale. Useful for aribute analysis of both emotional and functional factors.

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Flow Diagrams Helpful in designing and documenting complex processes, enabling the visualization of what is going on and thereby help to understand a process and other less-obvious features within it.

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Paired Comparison Used to compare a range of options with the results tallied to find an overall winner. Each option is compared against each of the other options, determining the preferred option in each case. Useful for evaluating multiple ideas.

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Venn Diagrams Help to illustrate the possible logical relations between a finite collection of explored sets (aggregation of things). Useful for interrelationships.

Targets Enable individuals and teams to determine key success factors and are useful for focussing initiatives.

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4. applying tools

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applying tools

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VisualisingVisual Decoding Creative Thinking Strategies Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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applying tools

Decoding Visual Thinking Tuesday, 19 April 2011

collecting and screening activities

selecting and clustering activities

flow diagrams four box model T-bar landscaping pereto chart 5WH opportunity mapping

flow diagrams four box model venn diagrams targets paired comparisons landscaping pereto chart opportunity mapping

paern recognition activities

communication and engagement activities

flow diagrams four box model venn diagrams landscaping spider diagram pereto chart opportunity mapping

timelines venn diagrams targets spider diagram pereto chart opportunity mapping

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Positioning and Uncertainty

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Changing Mindsets (Uncertainty)

Seeing things that other people or organisations do not yet see.... Decoding Visual Thinking Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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Levels of Uncertainty..

Unfamiliarity

Familiarity

High levels of uncertainty

Low levels of uncertainty

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Levels of Uncertainty..

Comfort Zones Unfamiliarity

Familiarity

High Innovation Low Innovation High levels of uncertainty

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Low levels of uncertainty

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Unfamiliarity (Uncertainty)

Phase 1.

Understanding

a. Defining Issues

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Phase 3.

Phase 2.

Awareness

b. Determining Meaning

Knowledge

c. Identifying Values

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Familiarity (Uncertainty)

Phase 1.

Re-questioning

a.

New Issues

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Phase 2.

Phase 3.

Re-framing

Reb. contextualising c. New Meaning (s)/Frameworks

New Values/ Outcomes

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what works for me....

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2.

3.

4.

collecting and screening activities

selecting and clustering activities

selecting and clustering activities

selecting and clustering activities

paern recognition activities

paern recognition activities communication and engagement activities

communication and engagement activities

paern recognition activities communication and engagement activities

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5.

paern recognition activities communication and engagement activities

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selecting and clustering activities paern recognition activities communication and engagement activities

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paern recognition activities communication and engagement activities

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communication and engagement activities

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5. summary

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visual thinking tools are flexible

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Seing the Focus

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Select the right tools

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2.

3.

4.

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Develop holistic strategies

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Engage people!

Communicate and engage others Decoding Visual Thinking Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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Case Study...

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Thank You! Decoding Visual Thinking Tuesday, 19 April 2011

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