SmartDraw is a software program that is designed to help the average person to create great-looking diagrams, quickly and easily. But in my last job, I had very few opportunities to use it, so I really didn’t get a chance to use the latest version, SmartDraw 2010, for some real business applications. All that changed in January.
The ability to present information visually, in a meaningful and compelling way, is growing in importance in our increasingly complex world. But how much of this ability do you innately possess? Take this little quiz to find out!
Dan Roam, author of the popular visual thinking book, The Back of the Napkin, has just published a workbook called Unfolding the Napkin: The Hands-On Method for Solving Complex Problems with Simple Pictures.
I recently came across an article from MIT Sloan Management Review that explains the current and future challenges facing businesses, how they are different from the past, and the kind of thinking that’s necessary to address them. Not surprisingly, mind mapping software is ideally suited to meet these needs.
If you are interested in learning more about the larger context within which visual mapping fits, then you will really enjoy Malcolm Craig’s excellent book, Thinking Visually: Business Applications of 14 Core Diagrams.
Jamie Nast, author of the popular book Idea Mapping and the Idea Mapping Success Blog, is one of the most world’s most prolific trainers and speakers on the topic of visual mapping. In this interview, she explains why it’s critical that executives learn to express their ideas visually, using hand-drawn idea maps and mind mapping software, and the risks of not doing so.
Dave Gray, the founder and Chairman of XPLANE (a firm that has great expertise in communicating complex concepts and processes visually), has published a pre-release version of his new book, Marks and Meaning. It’s a fascinating read, one which I highly recommend.
In the transition from the industrial age to the information age, we are now faced with a growing volume of visual, non-linear information. But as a society, we are largely visually illiterate. Dave Gray, writing in his CommunicationNation blog, recently touched on this apparent paradox. In this post, Dave is writing about PowerPoint, a visually-oriented […]
Dave Gray, the CEO of XPLANE, has launched a multi-part "Visual Thinking School" on Squidoo. It consists of a series of "lenses" (resource pages) that together form a "mini-course" on various facets of visual thinking, including: An introduction to visual thinking Visual communication skills – how to make your messages more clear, concise and consistent […]
A writer from management guru Tom Peters’ website recently interviewed Dan Roam, author of the new book, The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, about visual thinking and how it can help business people to cope with a variety of business challenges, including information overload. While this fascinating interview doesn’t […]