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In school we learn to write as a fundamental building block for communication, and drawing is shunted away to “art class.” But scientists like Darwin and Marie Curie, presidents from Jefferson to Obama, and mathematicians, choreographers, and composers all have used sketching to give form to their ideas. Words are abstract and ambiguous, and can lead to miscommunication. We say a picture is worth a thousand words, so why do we discard this critical tool?
Drawing is not just for so-called creatives. Drawing allows you to ideate, communicate, and collaborate with your team. Stop talking around your vision, and get it on the whiteboard where your team can see it! Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an engineer, or a product manager, drawing will make you better at your job. In this workshop, you will go from “can’t draw a straight line” to visually representing complex ideas. First, we’ll demystify the act of sketching. Through a series of activities and exercises, we’ll cover the fundamental building blocks of visual communication. You’ll learn easy ways to draw the most common images, from people to interfaces. Next, we’ll tackle making storyboards, product flows, and interfaces. We’ll finish by working with charts, mental models, and canvases. This is a hands-on workshop, so come with paper, pencils, and pens, and be ready to make your mark.