Visual thinking is an essential executive skill today. If you want to keep up with the latest thinking on this fascinating topic, why not follow these 10 visual thinking experts on Twitter?
Please click on the image above to load a clickable image map, where you can navigate to the Twitter feeds of these experts. Or navigate to them using the links in the descriptions below. Rather than just give you the “tip of the iceberg, I took some time to locate some of their best work, so you can get a better sense of who these people are and what they do – and the rich, vibrant field that is visual thinking!
Author of the best-selling books The Back of the Napkin and Blah Blah Blah and frequent public speaker, Dan has done a lot to bring visual thinking to the attention of executives and leaders, and has created a simple framework to begin using it. Here’s his blog.
Mike has been a leading advocate and practitioner of a visual technique called “sketchnoting,” which makes conventional notes more visual through styling your hand-written text and adding simple doodles and sketches. He presents regularly on this topic at the famous SXSW conference in Austin. Here’s his excellent blog.
David has an extraordinary talent for designing and producing business diagrams and infographics. He is a frequent public speaker on the topic of visual thinking. Here is a link to his blog and his visual thinking set on Flickr, which contains many excellent diagrams.
Nancy is the author of Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences and slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations. Check out her blog and a recent TED presentation, which gives an excellent overview of her storytelling techniques! Click here for her Twitter feed.
Sunni is an expert on visual notetaking and graphic facilitation. She is a frequent speaker, and was one of several co-authors with Dave Gray of the seminal book Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rule-breakers and Changemakers. Here’s a recent TED talk that summarizes the benefits of visual notetaking. The is also the leader of the Doodle Revolution, which you can read about on her blog.
David is the author of Visual Meetings: How Graphics, Sticky Notes and Idea Mapping Can Transform Group Productivity and Visual Teams: Graphic Tools for Commitment, Innovation, and High Performance and is a leading thinker in the organizational use of visual thinking techniques. His website and blog, where he posts updates on what he’s working on and thinking about periodically, can be found here.
Dave is the founder of XPLANE, a visual thinking consultancy that was acquired by the Dachis Group. He is the co-author of Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers (along with Sunni Brown and James Macanufo), and is one of the deepest thinkers in this space. I’ve been following him for years, and always love his fascinating insights. Check out this video interview with him and his Communication Nation blog.
Kumar is passionate about information and data visualization, and shares best practices on these subjects on his blog and in his Twitter feed. He is also the developer of a pictorial resume creator called PictoCV.
Jeff is the founder of Digital Splash Media and is a proponent of using video infographics to communicate information to audiences. He curates them at VideoInfographics.com.
Karl spent 25 years visualizing information for various large news organizations including The Associated Press and Newsweek magazine. As a visual journalist, information designer and artist, his mission was to simplify complex topics so that the average reader could understand them. His extensive collection of infographics can be found in this Flickr set.
Who would you add to this list? Share your thoughts in the comments, please!
The mind map above was produced using MindManager 2012 for Windows.