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 facilitators.
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 synthesising ideas visually
Learn the fundamentals of sketching and practical ways to apply it to your work
Apply the skills to a work-related project and receive feedback from your course peers
See case studies and methods shared by 8 senior design practitioners
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.
Design researchers, UX designers, service designers, and professionals in design-adjacent fields.
Applications in design
Advanced visual thinking and practice
Lessons contain a mix of concepts, demonstrations and exercises. Each lesson also comes with a visual and text summary.
Complete lessons and exercises with us live for 20 minutes a day, or do them at your own pace. Either way, we’ll share our work and learn from each other.
1. Who should attend this course?
This course is for anyone who wants to improve their ability to communicate, tell stories and solve design-related problems by using 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 translate ideas and tell stories via sketching make better communicators and collaborators.
However, not all of us learned to work with visuals the same way we learned to work with words or numbers throughout our schooling. The most practical way to learn these skills is via drawing, and practicing the visual thinking toolkit.
3. What will I get from this course?
This course is designed for practical outcomes. Over three weeks, you’ll receive a mix of videos and exercises; you can complete them with us via regular 20‑minute sessions, or learn 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 April 2021 session starts on April 17th, 2021 and concludes on May 8th, 2021. See the lesson schedule here.
Future sessions are planned for July and October, 2021.
5. How much does the course cost?
See pricing above. Note: Self‑funded includes a discount for individuals who are funding their own training. Concessions also available for anyone being sponsored by a not‑for‑profit – please contact us.
Group discounts are available for teams of 3 or more.
Refund policy: You may refund your purchase anytime until 7 days after the course start date, no questions asked.
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.
Designer and Founder,
Justin Cheong is a multi-disciplinary designer, facilitator, 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. Justin has taught UX and sketching to designers across Australia, including to students at General Assembly.
“Justin provides a clear, structured and engaging course that is full of practical advice and fun (sometimes challenging) exercises to gain confidence in sketching and apply visual thinking in your everyday. The pace and length of the course is great – regular bite-size learning and practice over 3 weeks so you can easily fit it into your schedule.”
– Lis Shorten, Design Research Lead @ Australia Post
“Bite sized visual thinking lessons that help you build better habits around expressing concepts and ideas through illustration. The pacing and cadence is manageable for those working full-time, and the regular meetings will keep you engaged (this is not your typical video tutorial course).”
– Katie Langerman, Senior UI/UX Engineer @ CarGurus
“This course has helped me form a daily drawing habit, which is something I wanted to achieve. The content is excellent, with insights that I’ve applied to my work. It’s helped me to enhance my communication through applying visual design principles to presentations, documentation and more. Highly recommended.”
– Steve Howe, Content Designer @ Shopify
“A comprehensive yet step-by-step course that introduces you to the fundamentals of visual thinking plus practical ways to apply visual thinking to your work.”
– Emily Ong, UX Designer @ GovTech Singapore
This course contains case studies and contributions from practicing designers and visual thinkers. Special thanks to:
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