About One Squiggly Line
One Squiggly Line is a visual thinking business that uses pictures to make things clear and simple.
Pictures make it much easier for people to quickly understand, decide, discuss and do things. They also make the whole experience much more fun, engaging, and memorable.
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Get it! Grab it! Go for it!
If you want to get it, grab it, and go for it, you must be clear on what "it" is. When the big picture is clear, the "it" you want to grab on to becomes clear, too. When you're clear on what you're doing, it's much easier to confidently do it.
Why the name One Squiggly Line?
Every squiggly line is a series of short, straight lines drawn between two points. The way those short, straight lines are connected determines what kind of line you end up with. So too the dots you choose to connect.
Visual thinking can make it clear which dots are worth connecting and how to connect those dots most elegantly and efficiently. It can also help you see the big picture and how things fit together.
What do you do?
This image is a list of what visual specialists do - close to 50 different things! With the root words enlarged, the overarching themes become quite clear. And that's what I can do for you - make things clear.
Keep clicking the arrows to the right to see how.
Your posters - Visualized!
Visuals set the tone for the room before any words are spoken. Just having a friendly poster, like for your parking lot*, can lighten up a dreary meeting. I can create those friendly posters for you.
* A place designated to put off-topic thoughts and questions (often written on sticky-notes) that pop up during meetings is commonly called a parking lot.
Your podcast - Visualized!
I use pictures, different lettering styles, and simple icons (instead of straight text) to capture the main points and insights of your podcast. This makes it much easier to see the big picture and find focus, structure, patterns and connections that may otherwise be missed.
Your templates & worksheets - Visualized!
Share the power of visual thinking with visual templates and worksheets. They can be used as a large group, in small groups, or individually. The choice is yours. Either way, deeper thinking results.
Check out the Shop page for some downloadable worksheets and templates!
Your agenda - Visualized!
Like posters, strong visual agendas can create quite an impact and set a positive mood to the room before anyone says a word. People like to know what's happening and what to expect. And a strong visual agenda can be a facilitators best friend.
I used this agenda myself to deliver a visual thinking workshop at the Creativity Expert Exchange, hosted by the International Center for Studies in Creativity.
Your experience - Visualized!
When visuals are created in real-time, participation and engagement increase. Everyone can see their contributions and their part in the big picture. Clarity, focus, and memory are enhanced because people can review and compare information continuously without disrupting others. Working large allows everyone to have the same view and makes it easier to see how things are connected.
Your notes - Visualized!
Imagine six pages of hand-written notes like the one shown on the far left. That's how many notes were taken in an hour-long conversation and given to me after the fact to synthesize and summarize. The colorful image is a visual synthesis of the six pages of those hand-written notes.
Your handouts - Visualized!
Summarize & synthesize the main points of the day, so people can "get it", grab it, and go for it on their own with visual handouts.
The handout shown here features six posters created for a workshop. Matching posters and handouts helps reinforce the message and up the impact quite a bit!
Your thought process - Visualized!
Thinking can be pretty messy sometimes. Especially when faced with a lot of ideas and the need to evaluate them before choosing one to go with. Visualizing the process allows those not present to clearly see how you arrived at your decision or solution.
Your planning - Visualized!
Visuals allow you to see at a glance if things are balanced or if there are any gaps that need to be filled. Visuals also make it easier to see who is going to do what and when it all needs to be done.
I used this grid while planning a visual thinking workshop to be sure there was a fair mix of group, solo, active, and reflective learning time.
And clearly it worked! One participant said it was a "very, very well designed workshop!"
Your presentation materials - Visualized!
Audience members rated presenters who used visuals more persuasive than those without visuals. But more powerful by far were the presenters who combined visuals with words.
A commonly cited study* reports people remember 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they read, and about 80% of what they see and do.
*Jerome Bruner, as cited by Paul Martin Lester in "Syntactic Theory of Communication"
Your feedback - Visualized!
Feedback is valuable only when it leads to action. When a visual is made of your feedback, patterns and themes emerge so you know where to focus your energy.
This is a synthesis image of some feedback I was given on my work a while back. The same format can be used for any number of topics.
Your book - Visualized!
This is a 4'x8' visual summary of the book Made to Stick, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.
A smaller visual synthesis of Todd Henry's book, The Accidental Creative, can be seen on my Portfolio page.
Your biography - Visualized!
You want to make an impact and leave a great impression, right? It all starts with your biography. Present your pertinent info in an engaging way people will remember - visually, of course!
Your history - Visualized!
When your history is presented visually, others can easily follow along and remember where you've been. Here's a piece of my history visualized - some of the main influences on my artistic style.
Timelines are another great format for historical information, like the one seen on the About Melinda page.
Your thoughts - Visualized!
See what you're thinking.
See what you're saying.
See what you're doing.
See where you're going.
See how far you've come.
Make it all clear, simple, and fun.
One Squiggly Line is a visual thinking business that uses pictures to make things clear and simple. Pictures make it much easier for people to quickly understand, decide, discuss and do things. They also make the whole experience much more fun, engaging, and memorable.