Rapid Viz: A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas by Kurt Hanks & Larry Belliston

Rapid Viz: A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas by Kurt Hanks & Larry Belliston

Author:Kurt Hanks & Larry Belliston [Hanks, Kurt & Belliston, Larry]
Language: eng
Format: mobi, epub
Tags: Technology & Engineering, Art, Drafting & Mechanical Drawing, Drafting, Design, Architecture, Drawing & Presentation, Drawing, Techniques, Design; Drafting; Drawing & Presentation
ISBN: 9781598632682
Google: gc2oNAAACAAJ
Amazon: 159863268X
Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR
Published: 2006-03-02T00:00:00+00:00

Chapter 3 ■ The Visualization Process


will look fresher as you learn to drawn need to learn when you have passed

Don’t draw what you want to see.

them more rapidly.

the point of efficiency—the point of

Draw what your audience wants to

diminishing returns. Stop when you

see. If you don’t consider your audi-

In the cold hard world of business,

are spending too much time for the

ence, your visual presentation won’t

time is money. If you are an architect, good derived.


engineer, designer, or whatever, the

firm you work for will not keep you if One way to guard against inefficient

For example, the following series of

you can’t produce a good product

use of time is to determine in the

drawings depicts a man putting rocks


beginning what is needed for your

into a mining cart. This visual was

drawing. If you can accomplish your

used in Africa. It didn’t work. The

The following graph shows a time

goal by drawing quickly on a scrap of

visual was supposed to tell workers in efficiency curve. The message con-paper, why do more? If detail is

a mine that they were to pick up

veyed by the curve is that you get to a important to convey the idea, use

debris on the track and put it in a cart point in your drawings where it takes

detail. If detail is not necessary, then to haul it away. However, the African

considerable time to gain any

don’t go to the bother of including

mineworkers were used to reading

improvement. When you first start a

unnecessary detail. You can become

things in the opposite direction (from drawing every bit of time makes a

more efficient by deciding what is

right to left) as was their native cus-great deal of improvement in the

needed, drawing to that point, and

tom. The result was that the tracks

drawing, but as the drawing progress-

not doing more.

became cluttered with debris because

es to a more finished stage, it takes

the workers thought that what was

more and more time to make any vis-

meant by the visual was to gather up

ible improvement in the drawing. You

Know Your Audience

the rocks, take the rocks to the track, When creating visuals for communi-put the rocks on the track, and leave

cating or presenting an idea, consider them there. The miscommunication

your audience carefully. Who is the

was caused because the visuals were

audience? Why are they there? What

drawn from the communicator’s

do you want them to know? What do

point of view, not from the audience’s they need to know? How are you

point of view or reference.

going to tell them? Why should they

know it?



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