Drawing and Visual Thinking

So much of our thinking is word based which is very much a left-brained activity. To utilise the right brain in visualising and solving problems, a new method is needed... thinking in a visual language.

This is the premise of Betty Edward's book Drawing on the Artist Within (the sequel to Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.

The seminal book on the subject of visual thinking would have to be Robert McKim's book Experiences in Visual Thinking which he developed from his experiences in teaching a visual-thinking course at Stanford University.

Last updated: 18th October 1996

from "Thinkertoys"by Michael Michalko - Published by Ten Speed Press (c) 1991

"Therefore, when I have won a victory I do not repeat my tactics but rearrange them to circumstances in an infinite variety of ways.- Sun Tzu: The Art of War

We think in different ways and two complementary modes are visual thinking and verbal thinking.

The method liberates your thinking from the world of words by utilising the power of patterns, shapes and pictures. Pattern language is a visual thinking technique, and its visual, flexible nature makes it a useful creative device for seeing new and different relationships between attributes.

This language consists of a number of abstract visual symbls which you create to substitute for words. Do not dwell on drawing like an expert - your drawing skills are not crucial. The only consideration is what the graphic representations mean to you.

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