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Why You Should Try Sketching (Even If You Can’t Draw)
Communicating is the name of the game, by any means you are willing to try your skills on connecting with people: Miming, sign language, bird language, sketching, whistling… 
It is all symbols: Mathematicians communicate efficiently and clearly by drawing doodle as functions, along with all the underlying assumptions.

Tell me: “How many verbal languages do you use connect with people?”

Tell me: “How many written language are you equipped with communicate with people?”

Tell me: “How many different “strangers” do you have to connect with in a lifetime?”

Children sketch all the time, before they learn any language. If sketching is taught as a primary language, many people would be communicating easily with a wide range of “strangers”, regardless of origin, genders, and ethnicity…

Melanie Pinola posted on April 26, 2013:

Photo by Teaching Humans

“Sketching is one of the fastest ways to communicate an idea, but many of us don’t do it because we’re not really good at drawing. As video game interface designer Caryn Vainio writes, however, it doesn’t really matter. If you can draw basic shapes, there’s no reason to fear sketching.

Vainio points out that Drawing is about artistically rendering images with great attention to detail. Sketching, on the other hand, is a collaborative type of communication. If you work in an environment that involves building things with a team, you can communicate a lot more with simple circles and boxes than trying to explain something with words alone. Don’t worry about the rawness or imperfection of sketches. And that’s what they’re supposed to be.


It creates a partnership. Instead of talking to each other or, worse, talking at each other, you’re working together when you sketch together on the design of an idea.

And no one likes to read a Word document with bullet points. But almost everyone likes to look at a sketch.

The more you sketch, the better you’ll get at communicating visually even with just simple shapes. (Just another reason to embrace doodling.)

Don’t Be Afraid of a Pencil | Medium

Note 1: Someone commented “Having worked for many years in an office where English was a second (or third) language for many associates I can vouch for this one.  We solved many more problems while sketching on a whiteboard than we did with plain discussion. .

Note 2: Melanie Pinola PFollowOUnfollow4/26/13 11:30am Friday 11:30amg 19,474L 4Edit




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