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Draw It Out: The Power of Visual Communication

May 2016 Presentation
MJ Broadbent (GE Digital), Amine Chigani (GE Digital)

Presenters package their experiences in UX design and architecture to coach participants through exercises for effective visualization techniques applicable to architects.

Publisher:

Software Engineering Institute

This presentation was created for a conference series or symposium and does not necessarily reflect the positions and views of the Software Engineering Institute.

Abstract

Want to kick-start (or improve) your visual presentation and documentation skills? Increase your visual IQ at the whiteboard during collaborative design sessions? Hone your architecture drawing capabilities in general? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, this workshop is for you.

From brainstorming and whiteboard sketching to concept presentations and formal documentation, architects need nimble visualization skills to communicate quickly and clearly their architecture decisions and artifacts—without a lot of words or verbal explanations.

In this hands-on activity session, MJ and Amine will package their respective experiences in UX design and architecture to coach participants through a series of revelatory exercises that get past self-judgment and into effective visualization techniques applicable to architects. We will directly confront the sometimes daunting challenge of drawing in real time with practical tips for framing context and engaging others in visual thinking. We will focus on ways to build a visual lexicon and improve lettering skills … all while having fun. Participants will come away with a transformed attitude about their ability to draw their architecture artifacts and a new access to visual storytelling.