Squiggle birds February 27, 2015

Squiggle birds is a quick exercise that you can use to get people stretching their visual thinking muscles. It takes about five minutes and quickly, clearly demonstrates how little effort is really required to make meaningful, easy-to-read images. The main point of the demonstration is that our minds are already pattern-making machines, and very little drawing is actually required to convey an idea. The mind will fill in the rest.

I learned this exercise from my friend Chris Glynn, a fine teacher who teaches fine things.

If you like this exercise, there are a lot more on my visual thinking page.

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What is liminal thinking? January 23, 2015


A preview of some of the ideas from my upcoming book, Liminal Thinking.

Liminal thinking is the art of finding, creating and unlocking potential.

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Konica Minolta interview November 10, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Paul Chaplin of the Konica Minolta Business Innovation Group. This was one of three interviews on innovation. The published interview, which is edited, can be found on Vimeo.

Below is the unedited interview which goes into more depth.

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Connected company webcast July 6, 2013

Connected Company webcast for O’Reilly media. From the description of the webcast:

“It’s getting more and more difficult for companies to handle complexity: increasing customer demands for more customization, more convenience, lower costs and faster innovation. At some point the machine breaks down and companies just can’t handle it. The connected company has the same kinds of dense, dynamic, and complex properties of well-designed cities: fast pace, high energy, rapid innovation and high productivity. And some companies are doing this today. Learn more in this webcast presented by entrepreneur and author Dave Gray.”

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The connected organization June 27, 2013

A webcast I did on 27 June 2013 to explain connected organization concepts to the U.S. cooperative extension, an American government outreach organization.

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How to know when to draw December 28, 2012

My friend Marcia Conner, an admitted “word person” has been honing her visual thinking skills. She asked me “How can I recognize when I should be drawing an idea, versus communicating it some other way?” Watch my conversation (and sketching) with Marcia here.

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How to know what to draw December 17, 2012

I have taught a lot of people how to draw their ideas. One of the questions that comes up over and over is “now that I can draw my ideas, how do I know what to draw to get my ideas across?” In other words, “I have a communication goal, how can I figure out the best way to draw that?”

It’s not just how to draw, but what to draw. In this video I share a simple three-by-three matrix that can help you determine what kind of drawing will best serve your business purpose.


1. This video is the second in a series that begins with “Visual thinking basics.” View that video here.

2. In the video I mentioned a webinar by John Kotter which you can view here.

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Icons and signs December 10, 2012

Very nice video on the art of rich pictures — icons and signs.

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Visual thinking basics December 7, 2012

In this video, I share some basics of visual thinking that should get you up in running in about 20 minutes. This video is a bit long, so I added a table of contents so you can quickly navigate to the points you are interested in. The table of contents is available by clicking the icon to the right of the volume control. Let me know about your sketching challenges and I will try to help you through them in future videos.

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What is a connected company? November 8, 2012

A short video overview of the connected company concept.

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Gamestorming for service design February 21, 2012

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Jason Fried on design November 19, 2010

Dave Gray talks with Jason Fried about his design process.

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Jason Fried on simplicity

Dave Gray talks with Jason Fried of 37 Signals about simplicity, Twitter, Blogger, Mies Van Der Rohe, Antonio Gaudi and their influence in his design work.

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Jason Fried on nature November 18, 2010

A short, 5-minute chat with Jason Fried about nature and how it influences his work.

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Drawing facial expressions October 28, 2010

Here’s a quick video on drawing facial expressions. You might also want to check out a related post from Communication Nation in 2005. You can also see a larger version of the video here.

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