The Designer's Desk
By Drew Crowley, XPLANE designer
This is the first in a series of tips, tricks and recipes for designers, artists and other visual thinkers working in meetings and other sessions where large amounts of complex information need to be collected and visualized. It's a peek into how XPLANE approaches discovery and uses visual thinking to communicate key ideas.
Why we do it:
Live sketching gets people engaged in the discovery process and leads to ideas that may not have presented themselves via normal note-taking. The response to visuals being created before a clients' or colleagues' eyes is energetic, and that leads to a natural desire to fill in the picture, completely. The result: Understanding and alignment, quickly.
Materials you'll need:
How to do it:
When you're done, document everything with a digital camera being careful to avoid window and flash glare on the whiteboards. It's a good idea to organize and annotate all of the relevant captured info soon after the session.
Live sketching can be done remotely too, using software like Webex or Adobe Acrobat Connect -- but that's a whole other article.