Graphic Recording Fails: Lack of Sequence

 

A short and concise tip that will surely help you think about how you organize your graphic recording maps.

 

We can have two types of sequences in a visual map: A sequence that refers to time: One thing happens before another.

 

A sequence that refers to levels of importance: We may want our audience to read one piece of information before another.

 

If a map doesn't have at least one of these two sequences, people don't know where to start reading and end up reading nothing.

 

I will teach all this and much more in a one-day immersive training here in Italy.

 

Thank you,

Dario Paniagua
Visual Thinkers Coach

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Graphic Recording Fails: Explanations instead of Stories

 

Today's video talks about the difference between explaining and telling.

 

Your visual content competes with other visual triggers.

 

You may struggle to grab attention if you approach a graphic recording purely as an infographic.

 

Rational data alone isn't enough to generate interest.

 

A good graphic recording incorporates infographic principles but also storytelling and metaphors.

 

I will teach all of this and much more in a one-day immersive training here in Italy.

 

If you are interested, check the link.

Thank you.

Dario Paniagua
Visual Thinkers Coach

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Graphic Recording Fails: Overwhelming Information

 

Don't miss today's video because this is a common mistake that graphic recorders make: crowding information in an attempt to cover everything.

 

A complete map isn't one that contains everything said in an event.

 

When you crowd too much onto a map, it may seem complete, but it becomes unreadable.

 

If you do not provide these two variables—easy reading and easy understanding—no one will read it.

 

A complete map is one that contains the essential information and ensures your audience fully understands the message.

 

I will teach all this and much more in a one-day immersive training here in Italy.

 

If you are interested, check the link.

Thank you.

Dario Paniagua
Visual Thinkers Coach

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Graphic Recording Fails: Ignoring your Audiences

 

Today's video is about the audiences who watch our visual recording maps.

 

Every time you create a graphic recording, you have three audiences:

  • your client,
  • the event audience,
  • and those who will see your map afterward.

 

To effectively engage all three, you need to ask a series of key questions.

 

Let me preview one of those questions:

 

Is your map easy to understand for someone who didn't attend the event?

 

Many maps don't consider this audience.

 

I teach all of this and much more in a one-day immersive training here in Italy. If you are interested, check the link.

Thank you.

Dario Paniagua
Visual thinkers Coach

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Graphic Recording Fails: Lack of Planning

 

You can risk doing a graphic recording without any planning, but not knowing key information beforehand leaves little time for thinking and creating.

 

Why is this important?

 

Without planning before an event, there's minimal time for thoughtful creation during the performance. This leads to repeatedly relying on the same icon library in all your graphic recordings.

 

As a result, the current event map may resemble previous ones, even if the topics and speakers are unrelated.

 

If your portfolio looks repetitive, it's a sign that you are not planning your graphic recordings effectively.

 

I teach all of this and much more in a one-day immersive training here in Lecco, northern Italy.

 

Thank you.

Dario Paniagua
Visual thinkers Coach

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Simplify with Color: Transforming Visual Communication

 

The use of color helps to simplify in two ways:

Firstly, with a single color, I can evoke sensations or emotions.

The use of a specific color can convey multiple meanings and evoke sensations for someone observing a scene.

Secondly, by removing color.
Removing color from an image can completely change its meaning. Think about how interesting that is! I remove color and add meaning...


These are just a few of the many things you can learn in the first Membership which teaches Visual Thinking through metaphors without resorting to clichés.

 

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Dario Paniagua
Visual Thinking Coach

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Disrupting Cliché Icons: Unleash Creativity in Visual Thinking

I'd like to share a couple of tips for avoiding clichés by incorporating disruption:

 

In this metaphor, there are three disruptions you can utilize when drawing cliché icons:

 

  1. Blend your clichè with something else and explore the inside: What elements can you incorporate?

  2. Place objects out of context: Think of something unexpected or impossible. For instance, what would a person be doing inside a pill?

  3. Experiment with disproportionate sizes (such as significantly larger or smaller elements, like the tiny person).

If you're interested in mastering Visual Thinking through metaphors without resorting to clichés, you can enroll for a limited time on my website.

 

Thank you,

Dario Paniagua Visual
Thinkers Coach

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Using Negative Space for Powerful Visual Stories

Using negative space isn't just a clever way to play with shapes; it's a fantastic opportunity to tell a story.

Always keep in mind, it's not just about being creative or drawing well. It's about crafting messages that truly resonate with your audience.

 

A great message won't be noticed unless you capture attention with your visual thinking.

 

Let me share three tips to help you achieve this:

 

  1. Create disruption.
     

  2. Use that disruption to craft a compelling narrative.

  3. Intentionally leave gaps that prompt your audience to fill in the blanks.

Why is the woman breaking the glass? Why did the shattered mirror create a speech bubble? What message does this scene convey?

 

When your audience starts asking these questions, you've already sparked engagement and, whether clear or not, you're getting a message across.

 

 

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The Misconception of Complexity: Finding True Value

 

There is a false belief that complexity equals value.

We often fall into the trap of thinking that if something sounds or appears complicated, it must possess more value or seriousness.

This misconception can lead us to prioritize the wrong aspects of the message we are trying to communicate or present.

But what exactly characterizes something as complicated?

When we break it down, we identify two key variables:

 

*Difficulty to Understand**:

Complex topics or processes are often challenging to grasp, requiring significant effort and specialized knowledge by your audience.

 

**Volume of Information**:

Usually, complexity comes with an overwhelming amount of information. It's the large quantity that can make something seem more valuable, even if it's not necessarily more difficult to understand.

The critical insight here is that quantity often weighs more than difficulty in our perception of complexity.

This means that we might be overvaluing detailed or information-heavy...

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Icons and Metaphors: Simplifying Information Effectively

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I continue to share brief content from the Metaphors Membership since enrollment closes today.

 

In this brief video, we discuss the differences between icons and metaphors and how both can help simplify information.

 

Icons helps us avoid language barriers. Icons don't get lost in details. They wouldn't work.

 

They communicate quickly with little.

 

Few lines, few elements, only the necessary ones to understand what they mean.

 

The last tool for simplifying is metaphors.

 

Visual Metaphors help to say more with a single image.

 

Metaphors are containers of disruptive meaning.

 

Last reminder: enrollment for the Visual Metaphors Membership at dariopaniagua.com closes tonight at 11:59 PM CET TIME.

 

Don't miss out on your final opportunity to join our community and elevate your visual storytelling skills.

 

Thank you

Dario Paniagua
Visual Thinkers Coach

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