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This is a blog of openly licensed thinkery. They are doodles, thoughts and ideas of Bryan Mathers – little curious tidbits which have emerged from juicy conversations. Also, this is a dumping ground for abandoned artwork. But one man’s dump is another’s treasure trove – amirite?

You can include artwork from this site under a Creative Commons CC-BY-ND licence.

  • We shape our tools

    We shape our tools

    “How do you find a good name for your start-up?” someone asked. “Hold it lightly – don’t overthink it. In the beginning you don’t even know what it is. As it starts to take shape it will start telling you what it wants to be called”, I said, almost sounding like I knew what I…

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  • Venerable Diagrams

    Venerable Diagrams

    I’m a fan of Edith Pritchett’s Venn Diagrams that appear in the Saturday Guardian (UK). Who would have thought Graphs could be laugh-out-loud funny? I think every visual has the potential to reach in and tickle a different armpit.

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  • Two sides to the story

    Two sides to the story

    I’m experimenting with cartoons as Gaeilge (in Irish) in order to help me learn my mother tongue. I’ve been learning for over a year now, and I’ve found it liberating – but difficult. I’ve never had a head for languages – so I’m exploring ways of learning that are more suitable to me. I thought…

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  • Things cannot be made simpler

    Things cannot be made simpler

    I had the pleasure of tuning in to the initial keynote at ALTC23 by Anne-Marie Scott. She spoke about leadership in a crisis. I enjoyed a long conversation afterwards about all sorts of stories and journeys. I could learn a lot from Anne-Marie.

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  • Education & Work

    Education & Work

    This is an idea I created a few years ago using the Visual Thinkery process with Educators.Coop and their collaborators focusing on the world of work.

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  • Morpho – Remixer

    Morpho – Remixer

    A butterfly is something I look at and wonder – how did it get all those colours? Maybe I’m just looking forward to summer already… If you need 5mins of de-stress today, pop along to the Morpho remixer and give it a whirl: https://remixer.visualthinkery.com/a/morpho 

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  • Meaningful online

    Meaningful online

    “We need to build an app.” Maybe you do, and maybe you don’t. Take a few steps back and think about what would work best for your user. Chances are, whatever you create will need to be meaningful, bring value and be online. This Thinkery was captured live during a series of workshops by We Are…

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  • The Wizard of Pollution

    The Wizard of Pollution

    We often don’t associate plastic with the oil industry. But it’s a massive market, and one that Big Oil is pumping billions of dollars into. Plastic is a substance with magical properties alright, but when it’s washed up on a beach, we see the dark magic for what it is. This Thinkery was captured live…

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  • Big Plastic

    Big Plastic

    I hate single-use plastic, and how its waste is a problem pushed down to the consumer. It’s where legislation is so important. One of my biggest Brexit fears is that UK standards will lag behind the EU, because in a small capitalist state, big businesses call the shots. This is the path of least resistance,…

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  • Big Oil Playbook

    Big Oil Playbook

    Our energy supplier Green has gone bust. So we’ve been automatically assigned as a new customer to… Shell. I’m not happy. This illustration was originally created for #breakfreefromplastic This Thinkery was captured live during a series of workshops by We Are Open, for Catalyst.

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  • Keeping Afloat

    Keeping Afloat

    It’s easier to keep your idea afloat when you can see others working to keep their ideas afloat too. You are not alone. (Phew!) This Thinkery was captured live during a series of workshops by We Are Open, for Catalyst.

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  • It’s a bit of a problem…

    It’s a bit of a problem…

    “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem…” wrote G.K. Chesterton. Defining a problem statement can be a bit of a problem. This Thinkery was captured live during a series of workshops by We Are Open, for Catalyst.

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