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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

Nitya Narasimhan, PhD

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

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  2. @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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  3. @SketchTheDocs @nitya
    Using a Visual
    Vocabulary
    To Communicate
    Complex Ideas
    To Assist With
    Understanding,
    Retention, and
    Recall
    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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    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

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    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

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  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

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

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    Rapid
    Note-taking
    Visual Capture
    of Ideas
    Information
    Summarization
    & Synthesis
    Explain
    Metaphorically
    (analogies)
    Connect
    Emotionally
    (anthropomorphism)
    Visualize
    Consistently
    (vocabularies)
    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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    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

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    FONTS
    QUOTES
    PEOPLE
    ICONS
    CONTAINERS
    LAYOUTS
    DIRECTION
    COLORS
    Typography & Imagery
    Colors & Composition
    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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    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

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    Listen with intent for takeaways
    Look for repetitions
    Select for emotional resonance
    FONTS
    QUOTES
    PEOPLE
    ICONS
    CONTAINERS
    LAYOUTS
    DIRECTION
    COLORS
    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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    Start with simple figures
    Then practice poses & faces
    Make a cheat sheet!
    FONTS
    QUOTES
    PEOPLE
    ICONS
    CONTAINERS
    LAYOUTS
    DIRECTION
    COLORS
    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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    Just enough to be recognizable
    Focus on familiar + reusable
    Inspiration: Noun-Project!
    FONTS
    QUOTES
    PEOPLE
    ICONS
    CONTAINERS
    LAYOUTS
    DIRECTION
    COLORS
    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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    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

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    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

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    Help users navigate visually
    Use familiar signals
    (arrows, maps, trails)
    FONTS
    QUOTES
    PEOPLE
    ICONS
    CONTAINERS
    LAYOUTS
    DIRECTION
    COLORS
    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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    Create visual separation
    Create contextual connection
    Think about accessibility
    FONTS
    QUOTES
    PEOPLE
    ICONS
    CONTAINERS
    LAYOUTS
    DIRECTION
    COLORS
    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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

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

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    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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

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    Summarize content in 8 cells
    (on a single page)
    Paper or Digital Templates
    (speed up execution)
    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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    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

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    On Creativity | Austin Kleon Letters, Maps, Processes
    Eva-Lotta Lamm
    Sketchnoting Ideas
    Denise Yu |
    Anthropomorphism
    Maggie Appleton
    Visual Metaphors
    Mike Rohde | #SketchnoteArmy
    @nitya | @sketchthedocs

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  29. Nitya Narasimhan | @nitya
    https://cloud-skills.dev | @sketchthedocs

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