Last week we had a workshop on visual thinking with Jonny Goldstein. It was great. We learned techniques for drawing people and objects. The people techniques were really useful. I have no skill when it comes to people. I never really need to draw them, but of course the few times I do, they look like crap. Now at least they’ll be better proportioned. As for the objects though, I was pretty happy that my for the last four or five years I’ve been doing graphic reductions and logo stuff on the side and it really went hand in hand with the object techniques he taught. Both were focused on reducing a picture to it’s most fundamental pieces while still retaining it’s recognizability.
We learned not just drawing techniques, but also information displaying techniques such as how to draw flow-charts (thank you engineering school), how to display numbers graphically to be easily grasped, and really just addressed each question as to who, what, when, where, why and how. It was real nice to have these formally laid out. I’ve gone through life picking up bits and pieces of this but to have it consolidated and demonstrated in one cohesive event really made it easy for me to see the structure behind it all.
We also touched quickly on mind mapping which is pretty crazy stuff. That’s actually the only problem I had with the whole thing, we didn’t really get to spend much time practicing this part.
Below is a shot taken during class.