Design an Information Diet Plan with a Watercolor Flowchart

Timothy Kenny, Author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs"

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18 Videos (2h 34m)
    • Welcome - How to Design an Information Diet Plan

    • The Basics of A Good Information Diet

    • Your Learning Habits and the 8x3 Model

    • How to Spend Your Learning Time Each Week

    • The Different Types of Information

    • Outlining Your Flowchart

    • Example 1 - Learning From Images and Keeping Them Organized

    • Example 2 - Learning From Books and The Transition to Notes

    • Example 3 - Learning From Quora and User Generated Content

    • Draft of Final Flowchart Part 1

    • Draft of Final Flowchart Part 2

    • Drawing the Final Flowchart Part 1

    • Drawing the Final Flowchart Part 3

    • Drawing the Final Flowchart Part 2

    • Painting the Final Flowchart Part 1

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About This Class

In this course, you’ll learn how to design an information diet that will serve you well for the rest of your life. You’ll start out by learning how an information diet works, and what items you should cut out or reduce significantly.Then we’ll go over how to improve your diet by adding new information formats. Finally, you’ll learn how to turn your information diet into a beautiful one page flowchart and paint it with watercolors.





Timothy Kenny

Author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs"

I am the author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs" and I have spoken at Harvard University on accelerated learning. 

My interest in the Google suite of cloud applications comes from the amazing ability to work together with other people in realtime and edit the same document together. I started using Google Docs years ago to collaborate on design and business projects and discovered that there were many uses for the Google Drawing app. I later realized that all the same functions were available in Google slides. In effect, each "slide" was like a page in a book, or a separate Google Drawing canvas...but all in the same single Google Slide document.

I constantly had problems with collaborators who were not technically inclined and couldn't understand or use (or even afford to buy) adobe programs, so I ended up making numerous micro-adjustments and sending version after version, which was a tedious process.

One day I was trying my hand at a flat design poster after seeing one that I liked on the city and started to think...I bet I could create this exact design in a Google Drawing. I sat down for half an hour and I did it! 

My mind was racing with all the possibilities.

Many years ago I worked my way up from Newspaper Layout editor to Editor in Chief, and spent many late nights in Adobe Indesign. Once I had proven to myself what was possible, I decided to try a simple newsletter design I would have otherwise used InDesign for, but in Google Slides.

Again, it worked beautifully!

I've been tweaking my methods, learning all the ins and outs of Google Slides over the past year to see how much functionality from Photoshop I could "port over" to Google Slides.

It turns out you can do quite a bit. 

I have been using Photoshop for over 10 years and this recent project with Google Slides has been a great constraint to simplify my designs and do more with less. 

Flat design is where everything is moving, and it's easier than ever to bang out quick designs, work with non-designers and get things done fast by using Google Slides for basic to intermediate designs that you would otherwise need Photoshop or InDesign to do properly.