Visual Thinking: Drawing Data to Communicate Ideas

Catherine Madden, Information Designer, Artist, and Doodler

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13 Videos (1h 5m)
    • Introduction

      1:35
    • Your Project

      2:30
    • What is Visual Thinking?

      7:15
    • Basic Shapes Warm-Up

      8:10
    • Core Journey

      5:42
    • Mind Mapping

      6:17
    • Two-Factor Bar Chart

      3:27
    • Three-Factor Bar Chart

      3:21
    • Scatter Plots

      6:09
    • Charts That Tell a Story

      7:28
    • Visual Possibilities

      9:21
    • Closing

      2:08
    • Bonus: Further Resources

      1:38
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About This Class

Dive into functional drawing! Join information designer and artist Catherine Madden for a 60-minute class demystifying how drawing can help you communicate ideas clearer, faster, and stronger.

As she draws everyday data into friendly stories and charts, you'll learn how a few simple moves can help you organize your ideas, extend your brainstorming, and communicate complex concepts simply (and effectively) to audiences of every size.

This class is ideal for for:

  • a designer, writer, or artist eager to share stories in a visual way
  • a creative team looking to communicate and collaborate faster
  • an entrepreneur honing a persuasive pitch

Use this class to learn functional drawing techniques and unlock the power of visual thinking!

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Image courtesy of Catherine Madden

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Throughout the class, Catherine uses Paper and Pencil by FiftyThree, but you're welcome to bring any tool or approach!

FiftyThree builds mobile creation tools that help users to sketch, write, draw, outline, and color on the iPad. Curious for more? Check out Digital Drawing Workout: The Art of Subtraction with Shantell Martin, also presented in collaboration with FiftyThree.

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Good start for beginners.
This was such a great class! Super simple, straight forward. It was great working with a case, but keeping it very open to interpretation - which made it super easy to transfer onto the type of information I have to visualise.
cool to see that in certain ways I always did this, but now that I'm understanding the process and knowing what it is I can go to a whole new level

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Information Designer, Artist, and Doodler