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How to think visually?

Useful resources that will "unlock" your visual thinking

There are two main challenges in creating online training: identifying what is the right type of content and finding the right visual materials to display it.

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What is "visual thinking"?

The basic idea behind the term "visual thinking" is the transformation of textual information into text and images showing concepts and a flow of ideas.

What is common between "visual thinking" and online training?

Online trainings are mainly composed of visual elements and require the use of visual techniques to present information in a way that is less dependent on text.

How to learn more about "visual thinking"?

There are all sorts of great resources on this topic. For starters, we recommend you start with the videos below, and if you have a more serious interest in the topic, take a look at the books.

The videos are on similar topics, but we still recommend you don't skip any of them as they use different approaches. Of course, you will have to spend some time to watch them, but it won't be that much, and you will learn a lot of useful things.

Videos prepared by Dan Roam

How to Draw Anything  
Essential Visual Grammar 
Process of Visual Thinking 

Videos prepared by Dave Gray

Visual Thinking Basics 
How to Know What to Draw 
How to Know When to Draw

Books on visual thinking and communication

Show & Tell

The Art of Explanation: Making Your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand 

The Doodle Revolution 

Sketchnote Handbook: Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking

Beyond Words: A Guide to Drawing Out Ideas

The main goal of all of these materials is to get you thinking visually. And then, when you create your online training, to apply what you've learned. This will greatly improve their quality and success among your learners.

Source: http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/essential-guide-visual-thinking-e-learning/ .

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