VizThink5 – Vizionary!

Well, to be totally honest my September completely slipped away from me and I was a bad community steward and didn’t get VizThink5 organized in time – so instead it’s going to run on Thursday, October 11th.

I’m just confirming the venue (basically just waiting on details – it’s booked) but other than that we’re ready to go.

VizThink5 will be more on the social end of things as far as an agenda goes – the plan is to get our creative juices flowing again and run a little Pictionary-style tournament called Vizionary!

It’ll be a DIY style game where everyone in attendance will help come up with the words for the evenings games.

I hope you can make it up and have a little fun with your fellow visual thinkers. Registration and info can be found here.

VizThink4 Wrap-up

Last Tuesday we held the fourth instalment of VizThink. This time around Mike Jones, David Gelb & Martin Cleaver took on the task of presenting an introduction to Concept Mapping. With a crazy month between work & life, I was admittedly pretty hands off with this particular event – the three of them did a great job pulling it all together.


Martin took on the bulk of the presenting for this particular session but Mike & David both chimed in when they had something to add to the mix. Overall it was a lot of fun and highly interactive – the highlight of the night was the painter’s tape car that gradually appeared on the wall during the last group activity of the night.


As we peeled it off the wall we were thankful Malcom grabbed the high-quality tape for this little project – too late we realized that one roll of low-grade tape got used for the wall elsewhere and it unfortunately took some of the paint with it, so it looks like I’ll be having a one-man VizThink painting party at Indoor Playground in the coming weeks. And all this after Mark Dowds of Indoor Playground got a rather short 24 hours notice that he was having an event there – one of those “Oh, I thought you talked to…” moments between organizers. :/ Thankfully Mark is one of the most laid back, easy going guys in the TorCamp community though so we were able to make it work.

Overall the event was great – we had another crowd of ~40 people and roughly 75% (!) were first time VizThinkers. It seemed like everyone had a good time and I’m told the “VizDrinks” continued at Shoeless Joes until well past midnight.

All of my photos can be found here. If you were there and see yourself (or someone you know) please feel free to note/tag the pictures.

VizThink5: Vizionary Tourney
As I mentioned previously, the plan for VizThink5 is to keep things light and largely theory free while still getting the creative juices flowing – and what better way to do that then a little DIY pictionary ‘tournament,’ in this case called “Vizionary”.

I’d love to hear people’s ideas on how we can run it, but the thought was a bracketed format with teams of 2 or 4 (depending on how big a group we get) and use a best of 3 or 4 format to decide who moves on. We’d start out by having everyone create a few words each along specific themes and then start the games.

Things we need:

A Venue: Either a really accommodating bar or a venue that will let us do a BYOB affair would be great. A bonus would be somewhere with whiteboards or easels would be great.

Sponsors: While it’d be great to be able to offer up some food (Pizza etc.) what I’m really looking for is some folks who can help us come up with some fun prizes for at least our winners (or top three) and if possible some fun gifts/prizes for things like “Best Drawing” “Most Outlandish Word” “WTF?” (least coherent drawing) etc.

If you, or anyone you know, can help us out that’d be great. Food would be a couple hundred bucks depending on how many people we get out and prizes can be bought or donated.

I’ll be putting up the wiki for the evening shortly and welcome anyone with ideas to toss them up there. Let’s make this a fun little end of the summer VizThink…

– Ryan

VizThink3: Tomorrow night!

Wow, this event snuck up fast. When I originally talked with Dave Gray about him coming to (and eventually presenting at) VizThink3 it felt like it was a long ways off and in the blink of an eye it’s upon us.

It’s looking like we should have a great turnout – there’s 50 people registered and several more on the waiting list. I’d love to be able to get everyone in but unfortunately at 50 the room is going to be packed already (I usually would have suggested a cap of 40 based on the last VizThink).

Once again the event will be held at Indoor Playground on Richmond Street (Just East of Spadina). For the drivers in the bunch there’s a great, cheap parking lot on the Northwest corner of Richmond & Peter and it’s just a 30 second walk to the building. As I mentioned last time Mark Dowds offers up the Indoor Playground space to the community on a “pay What you Can” style and each of these events takes a few bucks here and there to supply etc. – so if you enjoy the event and see value in it please consider tossing a few bucks in at the end of the evening, all the proceeds go to covering costs/paying for space.

As with the last time we’ll post a sign on the door that tells you how to get the access code (if you remember the last one there’s a chance it’s still the same) – we’ll be on the fifth floor and down the hall.

We’ll have some supplies on hand but good things to bring if you have them: pens/pencils & index cards – I don’t know exactly what Dave is planning to present but it’ll no doubt involve you putting pen to paper and his paper of choice is almost always an index card.

I look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night – if you’re coming and we haven’t met before please do come up and say hi – I always get distracted at these events with setup and takedown and always kick myself for not meeting more of the folks who come out.

– Ryan

VizThink2: Tonight!

Just a reminder for those who signed up – VizThink2 runs tonight at the Indoor Playground (364 Richmond Street West).

Should be an interesting night – we already had to move it once to a bigger venue and we’ve still maxed out the capacity for the new venue.

Mark Mulholland will be doing an interactive talk/how-to on Mind Mapping and afterwards, as TorCamp events are prone to do, we’ll continue the discussion over drinks at a nearby establishment.

If you come out and we haven’t met yet please do come up and say hi.

– Ryan

VizThink2: On the move…

Thanks to Mark Dowds from Creation Step for offering up some of the Indoor Playground space for VizThink2. Date and time are still the

Capacity for VizThink2 is now 50 people (40 Registered so far!) – If you’re interested there is still some space. Stop by the wiki at for more info and to sign up.