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.

Online cohort course

3 weeks
Feb 12–Mar 5, 2022

From USD 230

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Learn visual thinking for your design practice. 3‑week cohort program covering: Sketching, Synthesis, Visual Storytelling and Creativity.

The Experience

Visual Thinking for Human-Centred Design is a 21-day online learning experience designed around practical applications, daily practice and social learning.

Course takeaways:
  • 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

Designed for:

  • 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.

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The topics

Week 1

Core skills

How to draw: a tutorial

Visual representations of ideas

Visual communication and storyboarding
Mapping and map design
Visual metaphor and storytelling
  • How to draw: a tutorial
  • Visual representations of ideas
  • Visual communication and storyboarding
  • Mapping and map design
  • Visual metaphor and storytelling

Week 2

Applications in design

Capstone project: Applying your newfound powers

Visual thinking in design research

Visual thinking in user experience design

Visual thinking in service design

Visual thinking for collaboration

  • Capstone project: Applying your newfound powers
  • Visual thinking in design research
  • Visual thinking in user experience design
  • Visual thinking in service design
  • Visual thinking for collaboration

Week 3

Advanced visual thinking and practice

From sketches to illustrations

Creativity and forming new ideas

Sketchnoting and practice

Community of practice

  • From sketches to illustrations
  • Creativity and forming new ideas
  • Sketchnoting and practice
  • Community of practice

Course format

Video lessons

Lessons contain a mix of concepts, demonstrations and exercises. Each lesson also comes with a visual and text summary.

Learning experience

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 over three weeks.





  • 3‑week live online experience
  • Permanent access to content
  • Certificate upon completion

For individuals paying out‑of‑pocket



  • 3‑week live online experience
  • Permanent access to content
  • Certificate upon completion

Group discounts also available. Enquire here.

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Justin Cheong
Your instructor:
Justin Cheong
Designer and Founder,
Visual Academy
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.


Rated 5.0★ on Indeed Certifications

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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This course contains case studies and contributions from practicing designers and visual thinkers. Special thanks to:

Brian Kuzmanoski

Ethan Fisher

Jodie Moule

Josh Smith

Justin Cheong

Harriet McDougall

Mike Rohde

Will Farrier

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