This year, we tried something we’ve never done before.  Okay, that’s not so unusual. We’re always trying new things.  However, this time, we asked our friends at The Forge (a TechSmith production) to record their upcoming video blog from the event.  Where else could we find a bunch of amazing visualization experts all in one place?  So, we decided to do two segments…a panel and an interview.  The panel was given the topic “Paper vs. Online”.  Coming squarely down in Paper was Brandy Agerbeck, Karl Gude held strongly to Online, and Jamie Nast took the middle ground.  The whole thing was expertly moderated by Matt Pierce, host of The Forge.  That was then followed up by an interview with Ryan Coleman on visual brainstorming.

If you missed the event or want to see it again.  Here are those two segments on The Forge:

Here are just some of many photos from the event:


Thanks to everybody for making the event an amazing experience.  Several of our facilitators promised various items to their attendees.  We’ll be posting them here over the next few weeks.  The first up on the list is Jamie Nast.  Here’s her note:

Dear All,

 Thank you for attending the Idea Mapping session at VizLit 2013.

  1. Have you created any idea maps since the conference? Any you can send to me?
  2. Have you tried any software yet? If not I have a few recommendations below.

Chuck Frey is the world’s expert on Idea Mapping and Mind Mapping software:
…and you can find good information on his blog. Here are just a few of many possible programs for the PC: (Both PC & MAC) (This one is a Mindjet copy cat for about 75% less $$)

MAC: (Both MAC & PC)

Web-Based Free:

All offer trial versions for you to play with and many offer free versions as well.

If you’d like to see a few photos from the VizLit Conference, check out:

Feel free to call or email with any questions.


Online registration is now closed for the 2013 conference.  Don’t worry though!  You can still register onsite and pay with cash or credit.  We’re very excited about the event and can’t wait to see you there.

The official 2013 Visual Thinking & Literacy conference schedule has just been released, so you can begin to make the difficult decisions of which sessions you want to attend. If you haven’t registered yet, there are just 5 days left to register online, so register soon!

Every event, we get asked…”Why do you make the choices so hard?”.  Well, we take that as a compliment.  That means we’ve done our job to select amazing facilitators with topics that are of interest to the audience.  Yes, the decisions will be hard.  If you bring your friends or make new ones at the event, maybe you divide and conquer and teach each other after the event.

The always wonderful Jamie Nast, who is also a facilitator this year, used her expert skills to once again create a idea/mind map of the conference schedule. So, not only can you learn how to do this at the event, you can use the technique to explore the event schedule:

Viz Literacy 2013 Breakouts


Check out this quick, fun little promotional video we did with our friends and sponsor TechSmith!

Be sure to register now!  There’s only two weeks left!

We’ve been working hard to make the conference the most value for your money including amazing facilitators, lots of networking opportunities, a very low conference fee, and, now, a great deal on hotel for those people coming in from out of town!  The official conference hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, is located in downtown Birmingham. It’s very walkable to all the great Birmingham shops, restaurants, and bars, It’s also only about 2 miles from the conference location.

Holiday Inn Express Logo

Holiday Inn Express Detroit-Birmingham
35270 Woodward Avenue
Birmingham, Michigan 48009

We have secured a low rate of $99/night for a queen room. However, the rate is only good through March 29th and there are a very limited number of rooms, so you need to act fast.  After that rates could go as high as $165/night.

Check out the details at

The planning for the 2013 Visual Thinking & Literacy Conference is going well.  We’re starting to gather the session descriptions and put together the schedule.  We’ll start announcing those shortly.  In the meantime, be sure to sign up now and not miss this great event.


Registration for the 2013 Visual Literacy Conference is now open! We’ll be having lots of great announcements in the coming month, but quite a few people have been asking when they can sign up so we wanted to get registration open as soon as possible. For those corporate types who have some budget to spend before the end of the year, sending your people to help them learn how to think and communicate more effectively is a great way to spend a small amount of money.

Here are the registration fees for this years conference:

Register Now!

Yes, it’s true, we’re coming back!  Last year was such a huge success that we’re going to do it again.  This year will be bigger and better.  There are lots of details to work out, but the date and location are set.  We’ll be getting together:

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Seaholm High School
Birmingham, Michigan

We’ll have all-new content, great facilitators, and a whole lot of fun! Watch the blog for news, announcements, and the opening of registration. In the meantime, save the date and tell all of your friends!

$125 General Admission
$50 Teachers / Faculty
$50 College Students (Undergraduate and Graduate)
$25 9th – 12th Grade Students