How much information do you need to communicate your ideas?

Posted on Aug 15, 2015

In workshops, non-designers can be put off by the idea of drawing to communicate, as they believe they aren’t good at it. However, you don’t actually need to be able to draw well, you just need to be able to draw enough that someone else understands.

Where am I exercise with project managers, developers and sales teams

To introduce the concept that no matter how bad you might think you are at drawing, all you need to do is communicate an intent, I gave each person a place name. 1 minute to think about how they could represent it, and a further minute to draw it out.

The results

southafrica
South Africa

newyork
New York

italy
Italy

france
Paris

egypt
Egypt

brazil
Brazil

The exercise helped everyone learn that they don’t have to be the next Michaelangelo to participate in a ideation or sketching workshop. All they would need to do is be able to draw few rudimental shapes, and in most cases, the other people around the table will “get it”.



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