Visual thinking for Human-Centred Design
Unlock your creativity, communicate with impact and enhance the capability in your design practice. Created for researchers, designers and design facilitators.
Online learning experience
Visual thinking is a toolkit that enhances your key abilities as a designer: Communication, Problem Solving, Storytelling, Collaboration and Persuasion
Visual Thinking for Human-Centred Design is a 21-day online learning experience designed around practical applications, daily practice and social learning.
Become proficient at communicating and solving problems visually
Make sense of complexity and translate it into meaningful stories using sketching and other visual techniques
Apply the skills to a work-related project and receive feedback from your course peers
See case studies and methods shared by 8 senior practitioners
Practicing design researchers, UX designers, service designers and design facilitators.
Drawing skills of any level; what’s key is a willing attitude to learn and share your findings with peers.
Flexible learning format; join live sessions or learn at your own pace.
3–4 hours a week over three weeks.
Applications in design
Advanced visual thinking and practice
1. Who should attend this course?
This course is for people who work in Human-Centred Design and want to improve their ability to communicate, tell stories and solve problems via sketching and visual thinking. Drawing skills are not a prerequisite; you’ll learn to sketch ideas in their basic form, which is all that’s needed for visual thinking.
2. Why visual thinking?
The human brain is a visual processing machine. Today, the visual medium has become more important than ever, including its use during the design process. Designers who can map complexity and tell stories via sketching make better communicators and problem solvers.
However, not all of us learned to use visuals the same way we learned to use words or numbers to think through problems. The most practical way to learn these skills is via drawing and the visual thinking toolkit.
3. What will I get from this course?
This course has been designed for practical outcomes. Over three weeks, you’ll receive a mix of video content and exercises. You’ll get the option to learn with us via regular 20‑minute sessions, or complete lessons and exercises at your own pace. You’ll also get to submit a capstone project and receive feedback from your peers.
Upon completing the course, you’ll receive a certificate recognising your achievement. You’ll also get ongoing access to our Slack community.
4. When does the course run?
The course launches to the public in 2021. Dates to be announced soon.
5. What’s my expected participation?
Over three weeks, you can complete lessons and exercises with us via regular 20‑minute live sessions. If unable to join any session/s, you can complete the lessons at your own pace. In any case, an investment of 3 to 5 hours a week is recommended.
In Week 2, you’ll be asked to complete a capstone project where you’ll apply visual thinking to a current work project. In order to get feedback on your submission, you must submit your project on time and provide feedback on the projects of at least three peers.
6. Who else will be attending this course?
You’ll be joined by researchers and designers from across the world. We have potential participants joining us from Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, North America and South Africa.
7. Who is Visual Academy?
Visual Academy is an online provider of content and learning experiences around visual thinking. It was created by Justin Cheong with the mission of improving visual literacy in the 21st century.
Educator and Founder,
Justin Cheong is a multi-disciplinary designer, educator and an editorial illustrator for the Adobe Design Blog.
Since 2014, Justin has consulted for over 30+ companies whilst applying visual thinking to his design research, user experience and service design work. He has taught UX, sketching and sketchnoting for the past 5 years, including to students at General Assembly.
This course contains case studies and contributions from practicing designers and visual thinkers. Special thanks to:
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