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WSP 307 — Visual Thinking: Working with Pictures

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Saturday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 1 day
Date(s): Apr 28
Time: 10:00—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Apr 21
Unit: 0
Tuition: $300
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Instructor(s): Christina Wodtke
Status: Open
10:00—4:00 pm
Apr 28
1 day
Drop By
Apr 21
0 Unit
Addtl. Fee: $5 (non-refundable)
Christina Wodtke
In school, we learn to write as a fundamental building block for communication, and drawing is shunted away to “art class.” But scientists like Charles Darwin and Marie Curie, presidents from Jefferson to Obama, and mathematicians, choreographers, and composers all have used sketching to give form to their ideas. Words are abstract and ambiguous, and can lead to miscommunication. We say a picture is worth a thousand words, so why do we discard this critical tool?

Drawing is not just for so-called creatives. Drawing allows you to ideate, communicate, and collaborate with your team. Stop talking around your vision, and get it on the whiteboard where your team can see it! Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an engineer, or a product manager, drawing will make you better at your job. In this workshop, you will go from “can’t draw a straight line” to visually representing complex ideas. First, we’ll demystify the act of sketching. Through a series of activities and exercises, we’ll cover the fundamental building blocks of visual communication. You’ll learn easy ways to draw the most common images, from people to interfaces. Next, we’ll tackle storyboards, product flows, and interfaces. We’ll finish by working with charts, mental models, and canvases. This is a hands-on workshop, so come with paper, pencils, and pens, and be ready to make your mark.

This course includes a non-refundable materials fee of $5 to be paid at the time of registration.

Grade restriction: NGR only; no credit/letter grade

Christina Wodtke, Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction, Stanford

Christina Wodtke has led redesigns and initial product offerings for such companies as LinkedIn, Myspace, Zynga, and Yahoo. She has founded three business startups as well as Boxes and Arrows, an online magazine of design, and she co-founded the Information Architecture Institute. She is the author of Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results and Pencil Me In: The Business Drawing Book for People Who Can’t Draw.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.