Here is the archive of open visual thinkery in chronological order.

  • Talk about a backlog…

    Talk about a backlog…

    When I’m live-drawing my ear is often pulled towards those little tickly comments. Someone dribbles a little humour on a very tedious topic and a picture emerges. We were talking about backlogs. Someone mentioned swallowing the elephant… This Thinkery was captured live during a series of workshops by We Are Open, for Catalyst.



    No, not that Moscow; this MoSCoW – or more helpfully, MoSCoW is a way of prioritising user stories into 4 categories: we must (M) implement this, we should (S) implement this, we could (C) implement this, and we won’t (W) implement this. You’d be surprised at how difficult it is to decide which category a…

  • Star Star Wish

    Star Star Wish

    When you wish upon a star… this illustration has nothing to do with that. This is a handy little method of self reflection. You go round each participant and think of two things that went well (the two stars) and one wish, knowing what you know now. You can read about a real life example…

  • Where’s the treasure?

    Where’s the treasure?

    Unmoderated user testing allows you to go wider with your tests as they can be performed at the users convenience, and doesn’t require human hand-holding. You never know what you might find… This Thinkery was captured live during a series of workshops by We Are Open, for Catalyst.

  • The more you see

    The more you see

    It’s my experience that the more you test with users, the more you’ll learn. I don’t just mean the results of your individual quantitative tests, but reading between the lines – listening, noticing, interpreting. Which in turn will also influence future tests. This Thinkery was captured live during a series of workshops by We Are Open,…

  • The #1 Rule of Marketing

    The #1 Rule of Marketing

    Blogging, sharing, being open – how do you expect people to know about the great things you’re up to if you don’t talk about them? Whatever your excuse is (I have my own, dear reader!) at some point you’ll find yourself under marketing pressure, when all along you could have been letting people take an…

  • Just hit it

    Just hit it

    Don’t overthink it has become a mantra to me. Whether I’m playing cricket or live drawing an idea, getting caught up in my head usually doesn’t end well. And in the end, after all the practice you’ve got under your belt, you’ve got to back yourself and just hit it… This Thinkery was captured live…

  • The Usual Suspects

    The Usual Suspects

    Sometimes, in a live drawing session, someone will mention something that triggers an immediate picture in my head. A picture that demands to be drawn. And so it was, that someone whilst talking about user testing their product, was reflecting that they really only tested with the usual suspects. How can we make sure that…

  • Diversify your User Testing

    Diversify your User Testing

    It all looks a bit odd from this angle… There’s more than one way to get useful feedback from a user test. As best intentioned testing is often squeezed at the end of a development cycle, we usually just follow the path of least resistance. But if you want rich feedback, then you should approach…

  • User Cheesearch

    User Cheesearch

    Next time you’re facilitating an online session and need to get people thinking with an icebreaker, ask the participants about their favourite cheese. I guarantee you that the majority of people have very defined cheesy opinions. You may not even make it to the rest of your agenda… This Thinkery was captured live during a…

  • Get users talking

    Get users talking

    How do you get a user talking about your product in an open and honest way so that you can stand in their shoes and see what they see? It’s trickier than it looks. For starters, we usually look to confirm what we want to believe (confirmation bias). User testers, on their part, usually say…

  • Disco(very)


    Someone’s just thrown on Superstition by Stevie Wonder, and your body tells you it’s time to throw some shapes on the dance floor – to experiment with some grooves. Maybe, just maybe (if you can get over yourself), you should be dancing, yeah… This is the spirit of discovery (for me at least…) This Thinkery…

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