UX Australia 2010

Visual skills for the “I can’t draw” crowd

MJ Broadbent

(Half-day workshop, afternoon)

From brainstorming and whiteboard sketching to rapid prototyping and concept presentations, today’s experience designer needs nimble visualization skills to communicate quickly and clearly — without a lot of text or verbal explanation. Many practitioners have entered the field without formal design or drawing training. Some of us have gained proficiency on the job; others seek opportunities for relevant guided practice. As Dan Roam, author of “The Back of the Napkin” says, “Whoever is best able to describe the problem is the person most likely to solve it.”

This workshop offers a practical crash course in effective visual communication for UX professionals with little to no experience with drawing by hand. Anyone interested in expanding his or her skills is welcome; however, our primary focus will be on getting past “I can’t draw” and equipping participants with confident visual problem-solving skills. Synthesizing proven approaches from leading visual thinkers, MJ will coach participants through a series revelatory exercises that move beyond self-judgment into effective techniques for a range of situations. Participants will become comfortable with both table-top (horizontal) drawing and whiteboard (vertical) drawing, taking away a transformed attitude about their abilities.

This workshop is 100% hands-on and there will be game-playing in service of learning!