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Visual Storytelling For Tech: Let Me Draw You A Picture

Visual Storytelling For Tech: Let Me Draw You A Picture

What is Visual Storytelling? Why Should You Care? How can you get started with a Visual Toolkit of your own? And how can you put these skills to use in real life communications?

This 25-minute talk covers all these topics and more. Don't forget to check out @sketchthedocs (Twitter) for links to a longer blog post and sketchnotes

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Nitya Narasimhan, PhD

February 27, 2021
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  1. Nitya Narasimhan | @nitya https://cloud-skills.dev | @sketchthedocs

  2. @nitya | @sketchthedocs

  3. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Using a Visual Vocabulary To Communicate Complex Ideas

    To Assist With Understanding, Retention, and Recall @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  4. @SketchTheDocs @nitya We all process information differently 2 out of

    3 humans learn visually Our brains absorb spatial & visual information faster, detecting patterns, making connections improving retention From: "How to Spot Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic Learning Executives..", Inc Online @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  5. @SketchTheDocs @nitya To Journaling evolved to a way of capturing

    key memories From Self-Care drawing helped me cope with anxiety and stress To Tech Storytelling visualizing technology to grow awareness, understanding & recall @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  6. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Visual Storytelling apply your skills to other areas

    (public speaking), learn from community Sketchnoting 101 jumpstart your journey by building your visual toolkit for note-taking Visual Messaging visualizing key takeaways for attention and recall Personal Branding visualizing people's stories for better engagement
  7. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Rapid Note-taking Visual Capture of Ideas Information Summarization

    & Synthesis @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  8. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Rapid Note-taking Visual Capture of Ideas Information Summarization

    & Synthesis Explain Metaphorically (analogies) Connect Emotionally (anthropomorphism) Visualize Consistently (vocabularies) @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  9. @SketchTheDocs @nitya @nitya | @sketchthedocs

  10. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Rediscover the joy of doodling making visual marks

    will help you think and increases your focus Without lifting your pen, doodle a line over and around, crisscrossing in many places. Color or pattern enclosed areas. How did that feel? @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  11. @SketchTheDocs @nitya FONTS QUOTES PEOPLE ICONS CONTAINERS LAYOUTS DIRECTION COLORS

    Typography & Imagery Colors & Composition @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  12. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Font types for visual interest Font sizes for

    hierarchy Fast for capture, Slow for clarity FONTS QUOTES PEOPLE ICONS CONTAINERS LAYOUTS DIRECTION COLORS @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  13. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Listen with intent for takeaways Look for repetitions

    Select for emotional resonance FONTS QUOTES PEOPLE ICONS CONTAINERS LAYOUTS DIRECTION COLORS @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  14. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Start with simple figures Then practice poses &

    faces Make a cheat sheet! FONTS QUOTES PEOPLE ICONS CONTAINERS LAYOUTS DIRECTION COLORS @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  15. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Just enough to be recognizable Focus on familiar

    + reusable Inspiration: Noun-Project! FONTS QUOTES PEOPLE ICONS CONTAINERS LAYOUTS DIRECTION COLORS @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  16. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Focus on composition + clarity Group ideas, create

    boundaries Cultivate whimsy FONTS QUOTES PEOPLE ICONS CONTAINERS LAYOUTS DIRECTION COLORS Credit: Getting Started With Sketchnoting | Michele Ide-Smith @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  17. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Think about how the information is being shared

    – and consumed ex: book, webpage, workflow, tabular FONTS QUOTES PEOPLE ICONS CONTAINERS LAYOUTS DIRECTION COLORS @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  18. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Help users navigate visually Use familiar signals (arrows,

    maps, trails) FONTS QUOTES PEOPLE ICONS CONTAINERS LAYOUTS DIRECTION COLORS @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  19. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Create visual separation Create contextual connection Think about

    accessibility FONTS QUOTES PEOPLE ICONS CONTAINERS LAYOUTS DIRECTION COLORS @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  20. @SketchTheDocs @nitya

  21. @SketchTheDocs @nitya https://twitter.com/arunulag/status/1335990361768902656 @nitya | @sketchthedocs

  22. @SketchTheDocs @nitya https://twitter.com/nitya/status/1351765213796851712 Share in near-real time Reinforce team messaging

    @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  23. @SketchTheDocs @nitya @nitya | @sketchthedocs

  24. @SketchTheDocs @nitya @nitya | @sketchthedocs https://aka.ms/visual-azure-cmu-elasticity

  25. @SketchTheDocs @nitya Summarize content in 8 cells (on a single

    page) Paper or Digital Templates (speed up execution) @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  26. @SketchTheDocs @nitya @nitya | @sketchthedocs

  27. @SketchTheDocs @nitya https://cloud-skills.dev https://dev.to/t/visualizeit Free, 6-part online workshop series (skill

    yourself up!) Repository of tech sketchnotes (contributions welcome!) @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  28. @SketchTheDocs @nitya On Creativity | Austin Kleon Letters, Maps, Processes

    Eva-Lotta Lamm Sketchnoting Ideas Denise Yu | Anthropomorphism Maggie Appleton Visual Metaphors Mike Rohde | #SketchnoteArmy @nitya | @sketchthedocs
  29. Nitya Narasimhan | @nitya https://cloud-skills.dev | @sketchthedocs