Visual Thinking

Everything is communication. Quite often, written reports and presentations have too many words and the important stuff is lost.

What message would you like to bring across and how can you make it ‘stick’?

Our head-space is filled up with deadlines, e-mails, reports and other media that demand our attention. We lose focus, energy and productivity. By imagination and visual stimuli, we make new connections in our brain, helping us to archive it and then retrieve it at the appropriate time. Using visuals is also much more fun!

Fun relieves stress and creates a much better atmosphere!

In this training we will work with themes that are relevant to your field of work. No prior artistic experience is necessary, just a willingness to experiment and learn.

Below are two examples of how I use fibre art and photography to communicate a concept or message.

It can be done in many ways, using various materials and techniques.

Using art I make emotions and processes more ‘tangible’ and approachable.

The simple illustration below makes the situation clear at one glance: a person is feeling at wits end (i.e. by workload, personal circumstances, a poorly functioning team), and cannot look beyond their clouded thoughts. But there is a bunch of bananas! Ripe with opportunity…if only they would look up.

I design images like this to confront obstructive patterns and give each item in the image ‘a voice’.

In making this portrait, I aimed to show that you cannot always judge a book by its cover. There are many layers to a person’s being. I use this image to discuss this theme; peeling the layers off,  revealing how transparency can benefit personal and organisational growth.

Oftentimes people communicate with action-reaction, based on each person’s own interpretation of events. An open culture of learning with and from each other is ‘responding’; it brings more connection between people and helps them feel heard, valued and respected.