Whether it’s trying to think more visually, or using visual methods to help tell a story, or using cartooning to capture personas and user requirements, we have a handful of activities that can be tailored to your participants’ needs.

Art degree not necessary…


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Core Elements of a Visual Thinkery Workshop

A Visual Thinkery workshop incorporates one or more of the following elements, depending on your audience, their needs and the amount of time available:



Cartoons are a universal language. With a few strokes of a pen, they can convey emotion, humour and message. They can communicate multiple elements via subtle layers. We put a pen in our hands and learn the basics, then conquer the world with what we create. What could possibly go wrong?



Have you ever tried to actively tune in to what someone is saying with a pen in your hand? We learn what to listen out for and how to let the magic flow. It takes a bit of practise but armed with a bunch of tricks, you’ll be on the road to developing an insight-capturing superpower.



Before we nail down what we are saying – we need to work out who we are saying it to? By defining personas, we can use a cartoonist’s approach to conjure up one or more people so that we can step inside their shoes, see what they see and understand their world. Then, how we tell them our story becomes much more obvious.



Necessity is the mother of all invention. Only by getting your story in a form where you can see it, can you tune it to your audience. The lo-fi medium of an 8-page zine is perfect for crafting a visual story in order to communicate a powerful message.

Idea generation

Idea generation

When it comes to ideation, the first idea is usually not the strongest. How can we find the best idea? It’s usually not the first one – and getting visual can really help, especially if we are collaborating with others.

Diagramming and Complexity

Diagramming and Complexity

It’s easy to complicate. It’s much harder to simplify. How can we represent hard concepts so that they become accessible and understandable by our audience? A few cartoonist tricks can go a long way…

Visual Practice

Developing a Visual Practice

Everything can be more visual – including your own practice. Notice and wonder. It’s possible to take a more visual approach with how you think, how you process information and how you communicate with others. 

Example Workshops

A Visual Thinkery workshop may be online or in person. One hour or three. It might be for an intimate group or a large scale gathering. Each workshop is customised to the needs of your participants.

Here are a few examples:

Learning can be more visual

Learning can be more Visual

CESI & Atlantic Technological University, Ireland

Kindness in Education

Cartooning Workshop

Queens University Belfast

Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling

Trent University, Canada

Getting your ideas to hang around - a person looking at various images hung up on a wall.

Getting your ideas to hang around

Association of Learning Technologists

Visual Storytelling

Visual Storytelling

Changemakers (upcoming social entrepreneurs) Lewisham

How to turbo-charge your thinking

How to turbo-charge your thinking

HJ Lyons Architects, Dublin, Ireland

How to Visualise your PhD so that people get it

Visualise your PhD

GO-GN research network, Open University, UK.

A picture says a thousand words

A Picture says a thousand words

University of Göttingen, Germany.

Creating a Visual Stakeholder Map

Visual Stakeholder Map

University of Greenwich

Simple Techniques to improve visuals in TEL

Simple techniques to improve visuals


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