From Basic Drawing Skills To Visual Thinking Proficiency

Visual Thinking - iversity.org

Can you draw? Not really? Many of our course participants from “Visual Thinking for Business” weren’t very confident about their abilities either. As they soon discovered, however, drawing is not a talent, it’s a skill. And skills can be learned! As the course has been running for almost half a year now, we would like to share a few snippets that we were especially excited to see. Find out what Visual Thinking is all about and how course participants improved their skills.

What Is Visual Thinking?

With Visual Thinking you can bring your ideas to life in a visually enticing way. You can create sketchnotes during meetings, catch your audience’s attention with visual storytelling and enrich your presentations with your own visuals. Of course, not everyone is a natural. However, Visual Thinking can be learned. It all begins with your first drawing.

Getting Started With Visual Thinking

Our course “Visual Thinking for Business” has a hands-on approach to learning. Prof. Dr. Christoph Hienerth, the course’s instructor, provides course participants with necessary background information on the topic. But you also get to dive into practising your skills right from the start.

Drawing exercises by course participants for "Visual Thinking for Business"

Drawing exercises by course participants for “Visual Thinking for Business”

In October 2015, our course went live and we were very excited to see the first drawings by course participants. Whether Prof. Hienerth asked learners to draw bottles or practice their skills with Squiggly Birds – everyone showed great enthusiasm and we continue to be astonished by their creativity today.

Want to find out what the bottle exercise is all about? Watch this video and test your drawing skills!

Mastering Visual Thinking

As an online learning provider, it’s always rewarding for us to see that our users have a real learning curve. Not only did they enjoy the exercises, as we could see by the abundance of drawings they uploaded to their journals. But some also told us, they really established drawing as a habit and realised they had already made a big jump in their skill level after only a few weeks.

Ingrid Testimonial Visual Thinking

Many learners were so inspired that they didn’t stop at creating one drawing per exercise. They began to draw in their free time and at work. They kept practising what they had learned in the course because they were enjoying it and were making progress. Here is just a one example of what they came up with.

Sketchnote - Visual Storytelling

This course participant used Visual Thinking to tell a story

Applying Visual Thinking In Business

Did all that drawing lead somewhere? Definitely. Our learners found that the drawing exercises were not only fun, but also immediately applicable at their jobs. Being able to create more engaging presentations, sketching notes instead of writing and brainstorming with visuals are only a few examples of how they can now apply their Visual Thinking skills. Our corporate clients were impressed by how much their employees evolved over only a few weeks.

Jakob Hasselgruber Testimonial

Now, we’re already looking forward to the next six months. We’re very curious to see what great visuals new learners will create. And we’d like to thank Prof. Hienerth and all course participants for their enthusiastic effort to make this a memorable learning experience.



If you’re curious to learn more about about “Visual Thinking for Business”, enrol in the course now or take a look at the course preview. Please note that this PRO course is also part of our Business Communication Programme. If you want to receive a broader and more in-depth education in business communication, be sure to check it out. And of course, you can always upgrade later.