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Visual Thinking: Drawing Data to Communicate Ideas

Catherine Madden, Information Designer, Artist, and Doodler

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13 Videos (1h 5m)
    • Introduction

    • Your Project

    • What is Visual Thinking?

    • Basic Shapes Warm-Up

    • Core Journey

    • Mind Mapping

    • Two-Factor Bar Chart

    • Three-Factor Bar Chart

    • Scatter Plots

    • Charts That Tell a Story

    • Visual Possibilities

    • Closing

    • Bonus: Further Resources


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!


Image courtesy of Catherine Madden


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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quick, easy and valuable... a must have skill for every 21st century citizen...
This class has really got me thinking about how to demonstrate my ideas, and the data points to back up those ideas, with visuals instead of words. I really enjoyed this class, and would recommend it to anyone who wants to shake up how they share ideas and facts. Also, I downloaded Paper 53, and have found it to be very helpful in drawing my ideas quickly. I think having the Pencil would make it especially useful.
One of the best designed and produced classes here in Skillshare. I love the quick pace and the practical approach that the instructor brings to the project. Inspiring and encouraging! Thank you for sharing this!





Catherine Madden

Information Designer, Artist, and Doodler