Our brain are wired for visual processing. As we grew up, we separated drawing from writing. At one point in our childhood, drawing and writing letters were one and the same. This module is about learning the visual alphabet, the basic building blocks to help you sketch concepts and ideas.
Learning the visual alphabet
We have an alphabet for words and numbers. They form our basic language for communications. As children, letters and words were drawings. As we grew older, they became separate concepts. This module is about rebuilding that drawing practice again.
The visual alphabet is not commonly accepted but there are some basic systems developed by amazing people. For example, Mike Rohde has the most basic one.
My original inspiration came from Sunni Brown's article "The Miseducation of the Doodle."
Putting together some basic icons
Now that you have the basic building blocks, let's put together some basic icons and visual ideas. Remember that this is not a game of Pictionary. You're not trying to have your audience guess what you're sketching. I love the Mike Rohde approach to labeling your sketch.
Let's take the basic shapes and put together two icons that apply in today's world. First, let's sketch an office building. Next, let's sketch a home. Put them together and you have a message about working from home to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
Practicing your go to set
For most that are beginning this practice, I suggest that you assemble a library of 10-15 icon sketches that you can do from memory. Advance sketch noters and graphic recorders have vast knowledge but as a beginning, you only need to have a few at your disposal.