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512 BYOD: Visual Language – A Universal Way to Communicate with Fewer Words

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Thursday, April 21

Tracks: Video & Media

Many instructional designers struggle with explaining their concepts with intent and vision to subject matter experts and other stakeholders. In turn, stakeholders often share their ideas but are not always clearly defined. From the initial scope, instructional designers craft an experience they believe meets the learning objectives but may miss the mark when first presented to stakeholders due to miscommunication or misaligned expectations. The result is spending more time volleying a series of reviews and feedback cycles with time not accounted for. But what if you had a visual language process that visualizes the expectations that communicate your stakeholder’s expectations?

Learning to communicate visually begins with an exploring the language of visual communication. Like any language there is syntax and grammar. This workshop is about learning that language and how to process ideas and concepts into a visual story, map out a visual plan, create visual models, develop a visual library, and more. Regardless of your background or experience, you will learn the fundamental grammar of the visual language as it applies to solving business and learning problems. You will learn how to communicate with visual metaphors to explain concepts or to tell a story. You will learn how to visually design interactive activities that aid in managing expectations with stakeholders. By the end of this session, you will have a new set of skills and tools to visually communicate any idea.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The fundamentals of visual grammar as a language
  • How to develop a visual library of metaphors and icons
  • How to apply visual thinking to the instructional design process
  • How to map out a visual model for universal understanding
  • The fundamentals principles of visual design

Kevin Thorn

Chief NuggetHead

NuggetHead Studioz

Kevin Thorn is an award-winning eLearning designer and developer, consultant, and owner of NuggetHead Studioz, a boutique custom design and development studio. After retiring from the US Army, Kevin pursued a career in corporate IT and training and development. With his combined military and industry experience, Kevin started the Studioz in 2012. He works with clients in various industries. Kevin is a well-known industry speaker and trainer and a certified facilitator in LEGO Serious Play methodologies. He holds a BS in information technology management from Christian Brothers University and an MS in instructional design and technology from the University of Memphis.