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 lifelong learners.
Join us live for 20 minutes a day. Practice daily and learn all about:
Sketching, Synthesis, Visual Storytelling and Creative thinking.
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, product 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 over three weeks.
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 other visual thinking techniques. 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. What is visual thinking?
Visual thinking is the practice of purposefully applying visual language to your work. Today, the visual medium is more important than ever, including its role in project work. Individuals who can translate ideas and tell stories through visuals 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 by drawing, and practicing the visual thinking toolkit.
3. What will I get from this course?
This course is designed to help you become a skilled visual thinker. 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 course runs 2 to 3 times per year, with each session lasting three weeks. See the class timetable here.
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, designers and other learners from around the world. We usually have participants joining us from Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and Middle East.
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.
Founder and Instructor,
Justin Cheong is a multi-disciplinary designer, researcher, and an editorial illustrator for the Adobe Design Blog.
Over the past 10 years, Justin has consulted for dozens of companies whilst applying visual thinking to his UX, research and service design work. Justin has taught UX and sketching to individuals and teams across the globe, including to students at General Assembly.
Rated 5.0★ on Indeed Certifications
“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 Designer @ Github
“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, Senior 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, User Researcher @ GovTech Singapore
This course contains case studies and contributions from practicing designers and visual thinkers. Special thanks to:
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