Design that’s Easy on The Brain: My talk from FITC’s Spotlight UX/UI

Last month I had the opportunity to speak at FITC’s “Spotlight UX/UI” here in Toronto. This one day event featured seven speakers and I was honoured to kick off the morning with my talk entitled “Design That’s Easy on the Brain“.

They recently posted the recording of the talk so I’m embedding it below. Unfortunately I think they had a technical issue so the last few minutes got cut off – The full slide deck is on Slideshare so you can see what you missed. (I think it’s around slide 75 in the deck where the video ends)

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My Interview on Techsmith’s “The Forge”

Last weekend I was invited to come and facilitate at the Visual Thinking and Literacy Conference in Birmingham, MI. This is the second year the conference has run – it’s a neat little event that draws a mix of people from the education & business worlds (as well as a hand full of students too).

In addition to my session (on brainstorming tools & techniques) I was also invited to participate in a live taping of The Forge, a monthly video show/podcast put together by Matt Pierce at Techsmith. The show was taped in two segments – the first a panel discussion/debate on paper vs. digital with my friends and visual thinking masters Jamie Nast, Karl Gude and Brandy Agerbeck. The second part was a one-on-one interview with me that ranged form “What do you do?” to my favorite tools, techniques and my thoughts on the paper vs. digital debate.

I’ve embedded the show below – the whole thing is worth watching. If you want to jump to my interview it starts around 16:05 in.

Visual Thinking & The Writing Process

This past weekend I had the opportunity to speak at the Canadian Association of Journalists’ conference “Innovate News” – I had been asked to come and give a topic on Visual Thinking and how it could be used by journalists of all types.

I deliberately focused on how visual thinking can be used early on in the process for activities like brainstorming, information gathering & organization and story development. It was a brief session (~30 minutes) so my goal was really to present enough information to get people interested in the idea of visual thinking and give them some ideas for directions where they could dig deeper.

The Presentation

I’ve uploaded the deck and included it here below:

Dig Deeper with VizThinkU

Of course, if you want to dig deeper into some of the techniques mentioned here (and more!), I highly recommend you check out the VizThinkU library – especially; Visual Note-taking 101, Drawing Out Your Ideas & Visual Thinking for Writers.

All three are excellent resources for people who are looking to start incorporating more visual techniques in their creative process.

I’ve posted the deck and links to other resouces in the speaking section of my site too, you’ll find that page here.

– Ryan

Speaking at the Canadian Association of Journalists’ “Innovate News” conference

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This upcoming weekend, on January 30th, I’ll be speaking at the Innovate News conference at MaRS. The conference is put on by Canadian Association of Journalists and the CAJ Education Fund.

“The Canadian Association of Journalists and the CAJ Education Foundation are kicking off the decade with a groundbreaking conference where news staff and management can learn about emerging techniques, technologies and models to transform journalism for the 21st century. The conference focuses on skills, strategies and tactics that journalists and their organizations can start implementing immediately.”

I’m quite excited as they’ve got a few visually oriented people on the speaker list. Personally, I’ll be talking about visual thinking techniques that can be used to help gather and organize information, develop the story, and even tips on recognizing opportunities where using a visual or information graphic as the final product will improve the effectiveness, or clarity of a story.

Other speakers include:

  • Jim Brady, president, digital strategy, Allbritton Communications; former executive editor of WashingtonPost.com
  • Bill Buxton, principal researcher, Microsoft Research
  • John Cruickshank, publisher, Toronto Star
  • Michael Lee, chief strategy officer, Rogers
  • Patrick Lor, president, Fotolia North America
  • Rachel Nixon, director of digital media, CBC News
  • Kenny Yum, editor, GlobeandMail.com

Full details for the conference can be found here, it looks like a really interesting day of content.

VIDEO – Designing for Visual Efficiency

As you may recall, last month I spoke at Ignite Toronto 2. I’m happy to report that the video is finally up and I’ve embedded it below:

(those reading in feedreaders may need to click through to the post to see video)

Unfortunately the move from my PC to the presenting Mac’s software garbled a couple of slides, but it’s not the end of the world.

I would love to hear your thoughts and comments – You can also check out my original post about this evening to see the slide deck in it’s non-mutilated form as well as the full deck from my FITC talk, which this ignite was based on.

For more videos of the IgniteTO talks check out their Vimeo account.