You wonder, "How should I sort these ideas I’m hearing? What colors are best to use? How do I draw that model? And geez, can anyone read my handwriting?” And, you might hear your inner critic telling you, “Get real…you’re no artist!”
What You’ll Learn in this course:
We'll dive into:
— How to set up your workspace to practice, whether you’re working on large format paper, a flip chart, or small paper.
— Strategies to befriend your inner critic
— How to wrangle large format paper! (cutting, stacking, rolling) and how to manage tape like a pro
— The geeky secrets of a “body based” way to draw, so you can more accurately and confidently draw out:
- Large and small format circles
- Large and small format horizontal and vertical lines
- Dotted lines, swoop lines, arches and banners
- Basic shapes (boxes, clouds, circles) as “containers” for text
— How to write cleanly and quickly, understanding the secrets of the chisel tip marker
— Three simple ways to make chart titles, and how to give them presence on the page
— How to create the List, the Cluster Diagram, and the Mind Map (my three go-to formats), and when to use each format – depending on the type of conversation
— The Principle of Three & Elements of Design, useful for every chart you draw
— Rules to follow for picking color palettes that clarify, instead of confuse!
— How to draw common models such as SWOT, Venn, Target, 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, Iceberg, etc.
Plus, I’ve made a bunch of worksheets and cheat sheets for you!
-Lettering Trace Sheet
-Pangrams for Lettering Practice
-Basic Shapes and Text Containers
-Step by Step: the Arch, Swoop and Banner
-Three Title Techniques
-Make Your Titles Pop!
-Inner Critic Workbook
-The List Format: Step by Step + Examples
-The Cluster Format: Step by Step + Examples
-The Mind Map Format: Step by Step + Examples
-Rules of Color
-Sample Color Palettes to Copy
-Resource Guide to Supplies
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The COVID pandemic has of course forced us to discontinue our in person meetings. But the analog drawing skills I teach in this class can still be used to connect with others, or to clarify your own thoughts. Here's how:
Why aren’t you including how to draw people and icons? Isn’t that what visual thinking is all about?
Icons are definitely an engaging and fun part of visual thinking, but they come later. (They’re the spice!) More fundamental is accurate, fast and clean capture of the group discussion that’s easy to read, has a hierarchy and an artistic flair. In this class, I’ll be teaching you the foundational skills of lettering, drawing and design that are 80% of what I use when I’m doing graphic facilitation for my clients.
The great news is the techniques you’ll learn in this class will be 100% applicable and will set you up for success wherever your visual practice takes you! How? Because every icon you’ll ever draw is composed of shapes and lines, and that’s what we’ll practice together. Even drawing your lettering will develop the hand/eye coordination that will make learning icons a snap! (and a lot less frustrating). And –– when you’re done with this class you’ll have some dang good looking charts to put those icons on!
I’m not a consultant. I’m a teacher / internal team lead / coach / sketchnoter …. Would this class still be relevant to me?
Yes, absolutely! Everything you’d learn in this class is completely transferable to the setting of a classroom, an office whiteboard or even working on your own in a sketchnote journal. The principles of clear lettering, good design, and using color to clarify are all the same no matter what your “content” is.
I don’t have a lot of time. How long will it take me to get through this course?
This is definitely a course where you can work at your own pace. There’s nearly 3 hours of video content in this class (2 hours, 40 minutes and 16 seconds to be exact!) broken into 35 individual lessons. The average video is just under 5 minutes long. So you can make progress even by watching and practicing 15 minutes per day!
I don’t have an artistic bone in my whole body...How would this course work for me?
No problem! You definitely don’t need to be an artist to be able to learn to draw these basic charts. These skills are about hand / eye coordination, and are completely teachable. They just take a bit of guidance, and some practice. If you can can sign your name, or write a grocery list, you’re artist enough! My favorite thing is to teach people the geeky secrets of how to draw.
There are lots of “body-based” techniques that I’ve successfully taught to many people who proclaimed “I can’t draw!” at the start of a workshop, and who ended the day saying, “Hey, I can draw!”
What if I decide this class was not the right purchase for me?
My commitment to you is a risk-free guarantee. I really believe in this course. If you try it out and find out that it doesn’t work for you, just let us know within thirty days and we’ll refund your money. Yep!
As the founder and CEO of The Graphic Distillery, I've been a professional illustrator and graphic facilitator for twenty years. Before that, I was a graphic designer, and I'm passionate about making ideas clear and organized, so that groups can get their work done visually, together! I've taught these methods to hundreds of folks.
This course is based on the many in-person workshops I've taught to people including consultants, mediators, teachers, government employees, software and UX designers and business school students.
-Olga A., Bay Area Coach / Mediator / Consultant
-Barbara L., Director of Organizational Effectiveness and Community Programs at a Community Resolution Center
Emily is a charismatic and engaging instructor. She breaks the art of drawing down into elements anyone can learn! And, she helps learners shake off hang-ups that prevent them from trying and improving their skills. I’d definitely recommend learning from her!
-Caroline F., Project Lead at a Human Centered Design Firm