Visual thinking for those who say they cannot draw – The 7 Building Block Shapes

Visual thinking for those who say they cannot draw – The 7 Building Block Shapes

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It really pains me when I hear people say, “I cannot draw.” So many wonderful idea don’t get funding because they fail to impress the board of directors. Simply because they could not visualize the idea themselves. These are the 7 Basic Building Block Shapes. Using these & shapes we can practically draw anything we want to express. This is part of the series of 6 video series “Visual Thinking for those who say I cannot draw” by Tridib Ghosh

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When you learn to draw, you learn to observe and translate what you observe into lines, shapes, meanings, textures, etc. Pay attention to the shapes you draw, how they affect you and how you can use them in your projects. Look around you, observe the shapes in the drawings and in nature, and think about what they are saying to you, what they make you feel, and what they are communicating.

Just as lines matter, shapes matter and are an essential building block of the visual grammar and visual thinking that we as designers have at our disposal. Shapes such as lines are an essential element of our visual vocabulary and grammar. For this reason, forms are fundamental elements that we as designers use to communicate quickly and effectively.

Blueprints and visualization increase collaboration bandwidth because we can literally see what others have in mind when we make our conversations visible. Visual thinking is a very useful way to convey information, even complex messages, through drawings or graphic resources. By using the visual vocabulary, anyone can draw their own ideas and become a visual thinker.

Visualizing our ideas for better understanding is possible through the use of visual thinking tools in four broad areas. Together these 4 areas form the VAST, which is helpful as there are many ways for you to become a visual thinker and the application of visual thinking is huge. Visual thinking is “a vital skill for developing new ideas and projects, communicating those ideas effectively, and collaborating with others to bring them to life” (Gray).

Drawing or sketching is the quickest and easiest way to get your message across, help shape the conversation in meetings, and get everyone involved. Sketching is an effective tool because it combines all three modes, meaning that everyone in the room can quickly think of new ideas and contribute to the discussion. A sketch is a good choice as you can explore many different ideas quickly. Sketching provides a unique space that can help you think in new ways, generate diverse ideas quickly, explore lower-risk alternatives, and encourage constructive discussions with colleagues and clients.

Adding sketches to your design process is a great way to enhance your software and hardware tools. Learning to draw with simple shapes will give you the confidence you need to share your doodles on paper or on chalkboard apps. Drawing with simple shapes is a simple, fast, and intuitive way to visualize, and you only need to illustrate a fraction of what the eye sees in order to gain acceptance and understanding from others. Once you start practicing drawing simple objects, you will begin to see the world through the lens of basic shapes, expanding your visual vocabulary along the way.

Most shapes you use and come across are geometric, so experiment with organic shapes to generate interest where appropriate. On web pages, organic shapes are often created using illustrations and photos. It is difficult to design any web page without creating a form. Let me show you how to draw simple shapes using these few shapes.

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