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Folks We Admire - Scott Kelly

Folks We Admire – Scott Kelly

April 20, 2016

Astronauts! Radiation! and Twins! discussed by (a twin herself): Ona Rygelis! Once I joined ImageThink, I discovered the tremendous amount of work the company has done in the space and technology field. These topics are of interest to me and I also have a twin sister- so I’m naturally drawn to astronaut Scott Kelly’s story… On March 2, 2016, American astronaut Scott Kelly returned safely to Earth after a 340 day mission aboard the International Space Station. Kelly, and his Russian counterpart Mikhail Kornienko, set the record for the longest amount of time spent in space during a single mission, by any astronaut, ever. The […]

Folks We Admire: Tracy Chou

Folks We Admire: Tracy Chou

December 16, 2015

Tracy Chou, head software engineer at Pinterest, has an impressive resume.  She began her work in the tech field by interning at Facebook and Google, before taking a leading role at Quora, the site that promises its users “the best answer to any question.” Her list of achievements, however, includes one more major bullet point: making public the massive imbalance of men to women in Silicon Valley.  The tech world is overwhelmingly male, with many companies having only around 10-20% of their workforce represented by women. After the October 2013 Grace Hopper Celebration (named after the great female American computer scientist), where she found others sharing […]

IFVP 2015: Dan Roam

IFVP 2015: Dan Roam

October 6, 2015

If you doodle during a meeting or in class, you’re in good historic company.  From DaVinci to Edison to Freud to Jobs, some of the world’s most innovative minds have resorted to quick sketches, diagrams, and visual notes when working out new, world-changing ideas. As the final speaker at this year’s IFVP, Dan Roam explained why this is true.  The author of The Back of the Napkin and Blah, Blah, Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t Work, and Show and Tell, Roam is an expert in pictures as a tool for communication, ideation, and education.  He is a firm […]

IFVP 2015: The Aesthetics + Ethics of Visual Storytelling

IFVP 2015: The Aesthetics + Ethics of Visual Storytelling

August 10, 2015

We had the opportunity of graphic recording a compelling and informative talk at IFVP 2015 by some of the most credible visual practitioners in our field. Liisa Sorsa, Anthony Weeks, and Kelvy Bird shared the wealth of knowledge they’ve accrued throughout their many years of being graphic recorders and graphic facilitators during their conversation, The Aesthetics and Ethics of Visual Storytelling.      It was a challenging and unique experience to graphic record a discussion about how to effectively tell a visual story. We were actively listening, synthesizing, drawing and learning new information at the same time! Some of the biggest takeaways from the […]

SXSW2015 Speaker Spotlight: Eric Ries, Don Tapscott, Lawrence Lessig

March 11, 2015

SXSW is fast approaching, and we couldn’t be more excited to return to Austin, Texas! Three speakers we are particularly excited about are Eric Ries, Don Tapscott, and Lawrence Lessig. Eric Ries is the author of the book, The Lean Startup. Previously, he co-founded and served as Chief Technology Officer of IMVU. In 2007, BusinessWeek named Ries one of the Best Young Entrepreneurs of Tech. He serves on the advisory board of a number of technology startups and venture capital firms. In 2008 he served as a venture advisor at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. ImageThink has previously scribed Eric Ries’ […]

Teaming up for TED: Prezi & ImageThink

Teaming up for TED: Prezi & ImageThink

March 25, 2014

When our friends at Prezi learned they would be working with inventor Ajit Narayan on his presentation for TEDActive in Palm Springs, we were thrilled they called us up to collaborate! Ajit Narayan is the mind behind a powerful tool that breaks down language into pictures, and they knew that our visual style was just what Narayan needed to help explain and communicate his big ideas. Ajit Narayanan is an inventor who has made it his mission to help children with autism learn and communicate through language. The challenge he faced when he set out to do this is that […]

Folding Proteins for Fun & Science

Folding Proteins for Fun & Science

April 16, 2013

Virginia, one of our newest team members here at ImageThink, has just started enjoying an online course with AlphaChimp called That Creative Space, a 6-month course for graphic recorders who want to deepen their facilitation skills. One of the areas AlphaChimp is covering in this course is all of the ways that visual learning and facilitiation come into play. Gamification is one technique that uses visualization and visual learning extensively. The term “gamification” refers using simple (or complex) game design principles to encourage people to complete tasks, solve problems or engage in other meaningful ways. Gamification isn’t child’s play — though […]

The Best Ideas of 2012

The Best Ideas of 2012

January 2, 2013

Best Ideas of 2012 from ImageThink This year ImageThink visualized big ideas at 159 public and private events across North America. Topics ranged from burgeoning computer consciousness and social media behaviors, to the future of American innovation and cloud computing. Our team of artists listened, synthesized the information, and created a visual summary as the talks unfolded in real-time. What you’ll find on these pages are the results of those efforts — a selection of the best ideas ImageThink scribed this year. We hope you’ll enjoy this recap of what we think were the most insightful, smart, and fresh talks […]

True or false? Vision rules the brain.

True or false? Vision rules the brain.

November 20, 2012

This is the second in a series of ImageThink posts exploring the scientific data behind often-quoted stats around visual thinking, visual learning and the use of  images in learning. You can read the first one here. So far, a pretty strong case has been made for visuals as learning and teaching tools, but now let’s look at the actual make up of our brain tissues. True or false? 90% of information entering the brain is visual. Maybe. We couldn’t verify this, even though it seems to be all over the web. The only source that mentions this visual thinking fact […]

Manuel Lima: The Beauty of Networks

Manuel Lima: The Beauty of Networks

November 14, 2012

Last week, Nora and Heather tandem scribed a 16-foot visual of  a talk by Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, on networks at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York. Lima’s talk was all about how networks have an intrinsic beauty, beyond their function as a visualization of data. He demonstrated how networks are everywhere in nature: from neurons to the fractals within snowflakes. One physicist who has studied Jackson Pollock’s paintings, for example, found that his work contains fractal patterns similar to mice neurons and networks of tree branches. The human brain […]