Friday, April 12, 2013
|7:00pm – 9:00pm||Pre-Confernence Happy Hour|
|Location: Social Kitchen & Bar
Address: 225 E Maple Road, Birmingham, Michigan 48009
Cost: Free to attend, cash bar & food available
Saturday, April 13, 2013
|8:00am – 9:00am||Registration Opens & Continental Breakfast (Media Center)|
|Location: Seaholm High School
Address: 2436 West Lincoln, Birmingham, Michigan
|9:00am – 10:30am||Opening General Session (Media Center)|
|Keynote: Jessica Hagy|
|10:30am – 11:00am||Break|
|11:00am – Noon||Breakout Sessions|
|Using Visuals in Science – Hernandez & Stout (A101)
Games for Brainstorming, Organizing & Insights – Coleman (Staff Planning)
Mapping – Toole (Staff Lounge)
Visual Grammar – Hagy (Media Center)
|Noon – 1:00pm||Lunch & Book Signing
with Brandy Agerbeck, Jessica Hagy, & Jamie Nast
|1:00pm – 2:00pm||Breakout Sessions|
|Intro to Charts & Graphs – Crawford (A101)
Visual Reviews – Pierce (Staff Lounge)
Building Creative Spaces – Agerbeck (Staff Planning)
Idea/Mind Mapping – Nast (Media Center)
|2:00pm – 2:15pm||Break|
|2:15pm – 3:15pm||Breakout Sessions|
|Designing Great Presentations – Crawford (A101)
Grow and Use Your Visual Toolkit – Dean (Staff Lounge)
Collaborative Design – Simon (Staff Planning)
Visual Storytelling – Gude (Media Center)
|3:15pm – 3:30pm||Break|
|3:30pm – 4:30pm||Closing General Session (Media Center)|
|Matt Pierce with Jamie Nast, Karl Gude, & Brandy Agerbeck and Ryan Coleman
Jameson Toole & Tom Crawford
|5:30pm – 7:30pm||Post-Conference Happy HourLocation: Determined during the event|
Idea/Mind Map Version
Breakout Session Details
Visual Grammar: How to express complete sentences in concise images
by Jessica Hagy
Collaborative Visualization: Mapping a city with many pairs of eyes
by Jameson Toole
The Power of Iteration Through Collaborative Design
by Chad-Michael Simon
Practical Games: Simple games for Brainstorming, Organizing Information and Generating Insights
by Ryan Coleman
Idea Mapping: A Whole-Brain Visual Thinking Tool
by Jamie Nast
An idea maps is powerful whole-brained visual thinking tool that enhances memory, note-taking skills, thought organization, planning, creativity, and communication. It uses color, key words, lines and images to connect thoughts associatively. Idea Maps are the natural expression of the way the brain processes information associatively.
In this activity-driven session you will discover how your brain processes information associatively, learn the guidelines in developing idea maps, create you own personal, work, and/or school/study-related idea maps, and see examples from others around the globe. This session will conclude with a group activity where participants will collaborate on an idea map. If you have specific assignments or studying you are currently working on for school or work, bring those assignments or books/textbooks to this session.
Let’s Build LIBLABs: Creating space for visual learning and thinking
by Brandy Agerbeck
In her TEDx talk, Shape Your Thinking, Brandy Agerbeck introduces the concept of LIBLABs. These spaces blend the best of LIBraries and LABoratories — engaging hands-on, visual and spatial learners and stretching the text-based, auditory learners in new ways. Brandy, a leader in the graphic facilitation field and lifelong drawer, details the 3 components of successful LIBLABs: Permission, Tools and Environment, Support. We will actively design our own LIBLABs both individually and as a group. You will leave with your personal blueprint to create your own space for visual thinking.
I’m Not a Designer: How visual reviews can change the way you look at how you create and use visuals
by Matt Pierce
What does it take to create great visual content to support technical documentation, reference and other content? Do you have to be a graphic designer or artist to make effective content? Believe it or not, it’s not all about you and your creations. It’s actually about everyone else and getting their feedback.
In this workshop, not only will you learn a few clever ideas to help you keep your design looking professional and useful, we’re going to run a design review. Believe it or not, at least half of good visual design isn’t about you or what you create it’s about the feedback you get.
We’ll layout ground rules for a design critique session. Work through suggestions for getting the most meaning out of the feedback and not just hear ‘I don’t like it.’ We’ll practice providing feedback on visual elements and help you overcome the ‘But I don’t know anything about that!’ for yourself and those reviewing your work.
So while you may not be an expert in visual design and would prefer to ‘just work with words’ come explore with us how you can do more with a little feedback.
Designing Great Presentations (or How to Avoid Undercutting Your Message)
by Tom Crawford
How many times have you sat in a presentation and felt like you were going to die from boredom? How many times have you delivered a presentation that had people wanting to run for the aisle? Maybe the message was great, but it got lost in a boring presentation with slides that distracted from, rather than supported, the message. We all have to communicate every day. Whether it be one-on-one, with small groups, or to large audiences, we all have a story to tell to an audience that needs to hear, understand, and often act on what we’re communicating. As marketing and sales professionals, this could not be more true. It’s up to us to help our audience get it.
During this session, we’ll take a look at the highlights of designing world-class presentations. We’ll cover tips for crafting a good story, designing effective visuals, and giving your audience something they’ll always remember. If you have to deliver sales presentations to potential customers, status reports to executives or internal project teams, teaching a lecture to students, presenting a report to your classmates, pitches to angel investors & VCs, or frankly any presentations at all, this session is for you.
How to Grow and Utilize Your Visual Thinking Toolkit
by Bryan Dean
Intro to Charts & Graphs (or How Not to Lie with Charts & Graphs)
by Tom Crawford
So you think you know charts & graphs, but do you really? From print to television to the web, people get charts and graphs wrong all the time. During this session, we’ll look at some of the ways to select the right chart or graph for your data and then talk about the design essentials to help you tell your message with those charts & graphs.
How to Use Visual Storytelling to Connect With New Audiences
by Karl Gude
Visuals are powerful attention-getters for organizations of all sizes and can convey information quickly and easily. But all visuals begin with a discussion of who the audience is and what the goal of the visual is. In this energetic and fun session, Karl Gude, an accomplished designer and artist, will show how to spot opportunities for visual storytelling within your own organization and then give you some ideas for finding the right visual tools you can use (lots of free ones!) to make all kinds of infographics.
Hands-On Eyes-On: Using Visuals in Science Museums
by Ann Hernandez and Charles Stout
Ann and Charlie will present examples from their experiences at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and observations of sister organizations. Some of these examples include:
Museum and Gallery Layout
· Graphic treatment and layout of learning aids
· Lab environment
· Interactive exhibit content
· Interactive labeling
· Subject and market (age group) branding
They will explain how these examples represent a general practice and identify emerging trends. In addition, they will discuss how visual education principles may be applied in other settings, including home, school and the workplace.