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Ideation & Visual Thinking

Ideation & Visual Thinking

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In this lesson, you will learn about ideation and visual thinking.

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Tutorial

What's Covered

Welcome to today's lesson on ideation and visual thinking. Today's lesson will cover techniques on how to develop ideas and brainstorm. Specifically, this lesson will cover:

  1. Ideation & Visualization
  2. Mind Mapping
  3. Thumbnail Drawing

1. Ideation & Visualization

Ideation is the process of generating ideas. Once you have your idea, you can jump into visualization, which is the process of transforming a concept or idea to a visual.

Terms to Know

    • Ideation
    • The process of generating ideas.
    • Visualization
    • Visualization is the process of transforming a concept or idea to a visual.

So this process should be about easy-flowing visual ideas and pointing out your goal, and then trying to figure out various visual solutions to that intended goal. Then one way to do that is by brainstorming.


2. Mind Mapping

A great strategy for brainstorming is what's called mind mapping. Mind mapping is a brainstorming process, where one constructs a web structure through a chain of associative ideas.

Term to Know

    • Mind Mapping
    • Mind mapping is a brainstorming process where one constructs a web structure through a chain of associative ideas.

Mind maps are very useful for brainstorming individually or as a group, summarizing information, thinking through complex problems, and presenting information in a format that shows the overall structure of your subject.Below is a good example here of what that looks like.


It can get cluttered, if you start to add lots of subdivisions. In this particular example, it's mind mapping negotiation tactics, which could be very useful if you're a solo designer or a contractor. In this mind map, there are three major divisions-- during negotiation, which is the written portion, guidelines, which is the purple, and before negotiation, which is the blue. Now within those divisions, you have subdivisions. Like during negotiation, it'll say don't followed by more division-- so don't corner, don't rush. Or the for negotiation-- do your homework by questioning or determine location. In guidelines, you have things like required mindset, skills to have, communication listening.

Below is another example.

It's a bit sketchier. You can see here that this mind map is on prototyping. Again, you see these main groups-- software, materials, components, video, experiences. Then that gets subdivided within those groups. So under materials, you might have what appears to be cardboard, paper, things like that. Or in the software, you have Photoshop, SketchUp, and so on, and so forth. This is very helpful for a variety of reasons. It helps you grasp the project as a whole and plan your attack.

There are many options for brainstorming. Another common practice is a simple use of sticky notes. 

You'd be surprised just how often these are used. It allows you to present small intimate examples, but continue on a nice rapid flow of ideas, shared from person to person. What's better still is that you're able to present small ideas, while also presenting the idea at large-- the big picture of the project, the scope. What's really great, of course, as well is the nature of sticky notes allows you to add or subtract ideas premiere visualization process, allowing you to filter your work, so you're always free to add or remove, and continue building on your ideas.


3. Thumbnail Drawing

There's also the simple option of just using a bit of paper or material for thumbnail drawings. The thumbnail drawing is a small sketch technique designed to help the flow of ideas.

Term to Know

    • Thumbnail Drawing
    • Thumbnail drawing is a small sketch technique designed to help the flow of ideas.

Just like the other options, this is a fast and easy way to conceptualize an idea visually and share it quickly as well.

Summary

This tutorial discussed ideation, which is the generating of ideas, and visualization, which brings those ideas into something you can see, such as thumbnail drawings.  Mind mapping is a great strategy for brainstorming.  

Keep up the learning and have a great day!

Source: SOURCE: THIS WORK IS ADAPTED FROM SOPHIA AUTHOR MARIO E. HERNANDEZ

TERMS TO KNOW
  • Visualization

    Visualization is the process of transforming a concept or idea to a visual.

  • Mind Mapping

    Mind mapping is a brainstorming process where one constructs a web structure through a chain of associative ideas.

  • Thumbnail Drawing

    Thumbnail drawing is a small sketch technique designed to help the flow of ideas.

  • Ideation

    The process of generating ideas.