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What’s Next for Visual Thinkers Toronto?

Visual Thinkers connects doodlers, dabblers, and visual professionals. We meet when a participant (this could be YOU) chooses to lead a session. Want to make something happen?  Contact Patricia.freaks of nature


Gigamapping wicked problems

How might we use visual thinking to explore complex situations and make sense of a wicked problem?

January 27, 2015 we explored a visual tool called The Gigamap.  Visual Thinkers Kelly Kornett and Patricia Kambitsch shared their experience of working with a recent OCADU project on the problem of  governance in the digital age. We worked  with the latest version of a Gigamap shared at the January Design with Dialogue.

We also enjoyed drawing jam game inspired by Lynda Barry’s book Syllabus.

Thank you to Gillian G. for the great sketchnotes she drew during the evening.

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Visualizing Science

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Visualizing Science

Next Visual Thinkers Toronto
Tuesday, October 28 2014  7-9 PM
There will be no session in September
The purpose of the upcoming October session is to bring visual thinking to communication of concepts in science.

Using the broadest, most inclusive interpretation of the terms “science” and “visual thinking” we will explore how visual thinking can enrich and deepen scientific investigation as well as communicate concepts to the general public. We will explore how art, scientific illustration, systems thinking, maps, infographics, information architecture, sketchnotes, and other practices contribute to the understanding of science.

Come prepared to share your thoughts, questions, and experience in visualizing science. A computer with internet and projector will be available for those who come prepared with a brief presentation.

We will include a forum for sharing about process, with some hands-on challenges for participants to create their own visualizations of concepts based in some scientific problem or inquiry.

Each Visual Thinkers meeting starts with “Show and Tell”.  Anyone can share an image or idea, a toy or tool, for the group to discuss for 5 minutes.  (We have a laptop, projector and Internet.  Bring your image on a USB stick if required.)

Bring your questions, interests, and expertise and get ready to get visual with a group of like-minded thinkers.
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Drawing Games at the Pub

Tuesday, June 26  7 to 10 pm.  Foggy Dew Irish Pub, 803 Niagra. Toronto.

Join us as we dedicate the evening  to practicing the basics of visual thinking: communicating by drawing simple images in a relaxed atmosphere among friends. We’ll play several rounds of a variety of games designed to bring out your inner visual communicator. We’ll relax, have fun, and see how our visual communication improves!

If you’ve forgotten how to draw or feel nervous about drawing in front of others, this evening is designed for you!  Feel free to bring paper, and your favorite drawing instruments.

Note: The Location of this Month’s Visual Thinkers has changed to the Foggy Dew Irish Pub 803 King West.



May 27, 2014 Visual Storytelling Jam: The Vine Challenge

May 27, 2014  Visual Storytelling Jam: The Vine Challenge

Last month at Visual Thinkers Show and Tell, we collaborated by creating stories using found objects and fabrics. We explored different narrative structures and outlines as described in Dan Roam’s aptly named new book “Show and Tell.”

For the May 27, 2014 edition of Visual Thinkers Show and Tell, we’ll continue exploring the power of visual narrative. Some of us will be creating Vines, six second visual loops with our phones and devices. Others might create stories using found images and drawings. We’ll all have the opportunity to collaborate.

Bring your story. Bring your phone or tablet (optional). We’ll make up stories as the night progresses, and then we’ll share what we’ve learned.

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