Visual Thinking

Seeing, Thinking and Annotation - a powerful combination

This is an exploration of current tools, practices, people and places that focus on a visual medium to assist with knowledge creation and collaboration. Our specific interest is effective collaborative practices using virtual visual tools to create shared meaning, improve creativity and record group memory.

Questions:

  • How do you 'read' a diagram; is this different when done aloud and / or within a group?
  • Where should you start? Is there an optimal sequence?
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* What tricks do colours, clusters and shapes play on retention, meaning and interpretation?
  • How should a group best interrogate a conceptual graph?
  • What heuristics can we apply to elicit and craft improved visualizations?
  • How do we judge symmetry, balance, composure, foreground / background?
  • What role does spatial reasoning play and do you action this as part of critique?,
  • How exactly do placement, adjacency and clustering influence meaning and inferences in a diagram?
  • What works!!
Jack Ring describes 4 ways to work with diagrams. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/kmci-Virtual-Chapter/message/2641

A particular interest of mine is the visualization of Persistent Conversation. Think there is much to be gained from an intuitive, real-time, portrayal of community dialog. There is something fundamental about persistent conversations that we need to understand and pay attention to. This goes beyond the ability to mine and build a memory, it is more about writing in stone, once written and identity issues. If you have any ideas or links to share in this area I would be very grateful.


Resources:

Visual wiki

Tools:
Visual tools cover a wide range from mapping dialog, concept & mind mapping to portrayal of conversation dynamics.

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* Visual SWOT: Seemap
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* Whiteboard: Notateit Skrbl
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Key People:

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