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.


  • 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?
* 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.

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.


Visual wiki

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

* Visual SWOT: Seemap
* Whiteboard: Notateit Skrbl

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