1. Discover your visual language

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Cartoon image titled “Discover your visual language,” following which these points are given: “purpose: to show how you can draw almost anything. Goal: you have a visual language for your next meeting, project, or process.” This is followed by the 9 blocks, with the first one, that is, (1) discover your visual language, being the tallest. Above these there are posters with illustrations, titled the following (from left to right): the seven elements (page 42), the eighth element (page 60), tool: icon designer (page 66), and examples (page 68).

The Seven Elements™

A shortcut to a visual language

Every meeting involves a group of people in a given place, at a given time, to discuss a given subject.

If we translate this formula into a visual alphabet, we can build a visual language to use in meetings and processes. We call this the Seven Elements.

Practice drawing each element as you read through this chapter.

Cartoon image of people having a discussion, aided by drawing on white board. To the right are people at work, with three sitting around a table and one drawing on a white board.

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THE SEVEN ELEMENTS

1. People

Show who is involved. We all like to see ourselves represented. We want to know where we fit in, who else is involved, and what roles and responsibilities belong to whom.

For drawing people, find a style that is easy for you to draw and easy for others to decipher. Most people are familiar with stick figures.

Try drawing a star figure too. It has volume and you can readily adapt it to indicate movement, dress, and attitude. By coloring it, you can show different roles, responsibilities, or profiles in a process.

Cartoon image of people having a discussion, with one explaining using drawings on a white board.

THE SEVEN ELEMENTS

2. Places ...

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