These visual thoughts are usually a result of a conversation, stumbling across a blog post or someone tweeting some verbiage at me. All these images are available for use under a Creative Commons licence - I’m always interested to hear how you used them.

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Participatory Culture

I zoomed in to Catherine Cronin’s talk on “If open is the answer, what is the question?” at the recent OER16 conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. This thought resonated with me, as it’s something I’ve learning in my journey with Visual Thinkery: our contibutions matter. With a sideways glance at school, I think there’s a massive difference between enforced participation and a culture of participation…

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Notice and wonder

My nose is running and my coffee is dribbling and I’m wondering if these two occurrences could be related. Wondering, always wondering. The more I wonder, the more I notice. The more I notice, the more I wonder…

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Wonderlust

After first going through a process of conversational thinkery, I pick out the thinking that really resonates with me and take it artwork. I really liked Amy’s play on words…

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Flares*

It was Irish farmer practicality meets home improvement engineering. My gran grew the flowers. My mum dried them. And I, yes I, arranged them in little pots filled with cement. Pretty flowers now with added permanence

Having said that, the same practical engineering had us making rafts every summer for the river. A few of them actually floated…

* flares is Northern Irish for flowers…

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The Pi-clopedia

I don’t know about you but I’ve been tinkering in my man-shed. Curiosity-driven, soldering iron out, YouTube at the ready. The spirit of McGyver runs deep through my veins, and given enough time there is nothing I cannot make.

The Raspberry Pi? It’s a thing of beauty. Now then what shall I make it do? I’ve found the MagPi is a great place to start…

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ART!

An empty page.
Create something.
But what? I can’t think of anything.
Why are you asking me? It’s your brain…
But it’s so daunting. It’s too clean. I’ll just mess it up. And anyway, I can’t draw.

An empty page is daunting.
But it’s also an opportunity.
You used to draw when you were a kid – So what’s changed?

Sit down and make some visual noise.
Express yourself – because creating, like anything worth doing, takes practice.

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The thinkery process

I’m very much enjoying a project I’ve got on at the moment with Reclaim Hosting to create a new aesthetic for their indie edtech business.

I often get asked about the process I follow to create a piece of visual thinkery. So, here’s a little inside slide on the process behind the “edupunk” image.

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