If you are new to sketching or sketchnoting, it’s often hard to know what symbols you should draw to represent certain business ideas or concepts. Thankfully, there is now an app for that.
Bizz Draw is an app for iOS and Android that consists of a library of simple shapes you can use as examples and inspiration for concepts like collaboration, expertise, conversation and process.
The developer of Bizz Draw, GRIDD Nl, is a design consultancy based in the Netherlands. It created this intriguing app to give business people greater confidence to try capturing their ideas visually.
A tour of Bizz Draw
- Strategy and tactics
- Ideation and operation
- People and teams
- Digital and media
- Risks and opportunities
Tapping on a button displays a list of shapes and concepts that you can utilize in your drawings. This list-based approach does a great job of illuminating what’s possible and gives you a simple visual “language” you can use in your sketches.
A sixth button gives you the ability to search a much larger library of shapes and concepts – over 100 in all.
Tapping on an individual sketch opens a page that contains an image, a brief description of when and how to use it, keywords and, in some cases, brief video tutorials. Each type of sketch contains numerous keywords, which make it easy to find using Bizz Draw’s search tool.
The use case for Bizz Draw
It’s not often that I see an app that is intended to be used as a reference tool, but Bizz Draw’s simple, elegant design makes it a very effective one. Whether you’re sketching out an idea on your own in your favorite thinking spot or facing a whiteboard in front of a room full of your colleagues, you can simply pull out your smart phone, open up Bizz Draw and, within a few seconds, find an appropriate image that you can replicate in your sketch.
Within the app, GRIDD invites users to suggest additional shapes and concepts that should be added to its shape library. The developer promises to periodically add the best of the suggestions to the shape library in future updates.