lunes, 16 de octubre de 2017

Big Data, Deep Learning, AI, Virtual Reality and Robotics: DataHack School in Spain

I have not been a professional VISUAL THINKER my whole life, although have behaved so since very small :-)

MY VT story, cut short and my relation to the "Teckie world"
But I have been using mind maps, visual schemes, doodles and so on since I was ten years old. And boosted mostly when coursed two university degrees at a time, one of them a Bachelor in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. There was no time to get over information on those days if I also wanted to have some "spare life" out of the books, computers and classrooms. And believe me, that I did :-) I had to make the most out of every waking hour I had. It was then when my visual schemes took great importance in mu life, to relate my time to efficiency, to learning, ad to memorizing in the médium and long run keeping ideas detailed, but global insight in mind. After finishing University, I kept using them as a very helpful bunch of tools at work, at home or for myself. So ... my life has always been running around visuals, technology, processes, software and people, meaning teamd and leadership. Check my linkedin profile if interested ...
And it is an issue that Big Data, Vitual Reality, Deep Leaning, Robotics and related fields are already a big MUST and a huge trend today, and will continue to be in our globalized and connected world with no doubt.
And so ... I met Rubén Martínez, alias @eldarsilver in twitter, because of Mundo Hacker TV programs related to Hacking and IT Security, and After at their anual event in Kinépolis. This was around three years ago. That lead us to more encounters, where I could draw his own talks at Cybercamp in December 2016, was one of this chances.
And on the same month, he introduced me to Lourdes Hernández Vozmediano and the DataHack School, a woman once you meet you cannot forget, for very good reasons. And a very innovative School in Spain, that is growing like crazy and offering really hands on learning over all these matters.

I was invited to an event they held at the Google Campus Madrid facilities,
and the results were these:
I was also invited in June to the Innodata 2017 event at the same place. 
For me it is a real challenge, because you never know if Ruben will be talking about algorithms, maths, psicology, machine learning, prediction and statistics, genes and DNA, ... of course he always takes you a leap into the future :-) And there I met other speakers too ...

I especially love this video, where they explain their new work with PEPPER, one of the most lovely robots I have met. I really was amazed when I saw how he moves his arms and hands, how he changes his voice, moves his eyes and lightens up his head. Altogether is of course an algorythm, but ... it can drive emotions towards them. It drove mine ... It changed my psicological view of it all in just five minutes, and really undestood that we will be interacting with them very soon and often, and for me being a person that does not fit most chatting conversations with People, I even realized that they couldbe better tan real people for most interactions in our simple daily life tasks.
Please see my drawings on the walls of the DataHack School !!
Thanks Rubén, thanks Lourdes, and thanks DataHack School. I hope to be around and keep learning from you a lot more. And remember that you still have plenty of walls left to hung up some more drawings from DIBU2PIA :-)
Next monday, will tell you some more Visual Thinking stories.
Keep drawing ideas !!

lunes, 9 de octubre de 2017

How to apply Visual Thinking in High Schools and Secondary Education. Case of Study.

I know, I know ... 
Don't say it. But I will get better to new schedules and new compromises. And will stick to the one post a week ... will not try but will stick. That is said :-)
Today I share with you the result of my work to end the Master I have taken to become a Secondary  School Teacher in Spain, at the Catholic University of Avila. A short essay and investigation piece regarding what is Visual Thinking, The difference with Design Thinking, it's history and main authors, and how it is needed at schools, specially in Secondary ones, how to apply it with a 5 session workshop developed for anyone to use (aimed for teachers as well as students), and how to measure its benefits.

Don't panic, because it is around 100 pages, but the important stuff only takes 40 of them. Rest are details, references and other information and links. Please always remember that if we do not use our bilateral brain, we are almost a 50% of a human being.

With this I would like to encourage every teacher in Spain or Latin America to include Visual Thinking in the class. It is in Spanish, so this time a small issue arises, post in English and shared document in Spanish. Uh ... my whole life of nonesense in this post :-)

It is distrubuted under a Creative Commons license. Please note that it can be shared for no commercial purposes, always mantaining its completeness and refering to the author who is me.

This is the index of the work, for those interested in the abstract you can find it on the link below.

Link to the ABSTRACT of the TFM (Trabajo Fin de Máster) in Google Drive.

Please mail me if you would like to get a copy of the complete work (I will send it for free to the requests that explain their interest on Visual Thinking in Education).

Another way to see it in slideshow summary is this:

Open. Sharing. And growing. 
Let me know your feedback. 

Best regards all :-)

lunes, 18 de septiembre de 2017

Size matters in Graphic Recording

"The bigger the better!" This quote or saying makes us laugh most of the times we hear someone say it ...

... but the truth is that although we always find exceptions to it, it is always a challenge to disagree with topics, the fact is that it is true most of the times. When we think about large versus small in a physical world, generally if there is enough space, the bigger is always better al least in some aspects. When it comes to Graphic Recording it has its own meaning.

Let' start defining what GRAPHIC RECORDING is: it the process through which a person can draw visual maps about a conversation being held at that moment, using simple drawings, connectors and words or simple phrases, in a colourful way. This can be done on a blackboard, using large sheets or continuous paper, or big cartboard posters that hang on pinboards or walls in the room. The key word here is that it has to me simultaneous to the conversation, dialogue, meeting, talk, workshop, or the action that is being visualized through the maps. It happens live in front of the People attending. When watching someone Graphic Record live, people say they get somehow mezmerized and connect with the drawings enlightening more the sense of what is being Heard, unerstood and memorized in the long run.

A most wanted size in my experience is that of a cardboard poster. I generally use 90 cm x 100 cm ones, because they can afterwards be framed in not expensive ways and because by the time they are the larger I have found around that suit quality for me.

Some clients like to give the product of each talk to speakers (sometimes we just roll them up and they take them away after the talks), and others like to frame them at their offices (IKEA and Leroy Merlin in Spain have nice ones in those sizes). For both needs these dimensions are great.


If the room where the Graphic Recording is held is very big (I mean by big, like 1000 people or more inside) it may not be seen by everyone there. Maybe only those near the Graphic Recorder will notice it while it happens. There are ways to get the process noticed by having the drawings exposed on the screens:


Almost every event that holds several talks, choose to show the posters or results of the Graphic Recording once they are finished in a rendez-vous area where people can see them and take the time they need ... to take fotos and selfies :-)

It is usual that even after each talk people get near the drawings that are currently being drawn to see the result. Some cannot wait to get them exposed outside the room :-).

Big sheets of paper and continuos high grammage paper can also be used to draw larger products. Sometimes you draw on stage, and it is wanted that it is large and big. Other times it is just a matter of getting it to be seen by everyone. Clients or organizers have to bear in mind that in these cases more tan one Pinboard is needed, and space to have them and for the Graphic Recorder to stand and walk around also (sometimes you almost fall from satges to the seats places ...)

If the walls or windows can be used (they have to be flat mainly) it is the best way if the sheets are huge. There are special double glueing tapes that leave no damage on most walls. "BlueTack" being used and left in rooms for ages until it damages the walls, has done so much harm to Graphic Recorders up to today. It is the most heard reason I receive for not using the walls. A quick visit to the organizers explaining and showing no damage is done, is the best way of solving this issue.

The larger it is the more spectacular it gets to the audience.

But, the walls are needed or the pinboards, and the client has to know what to do with the result, as it the question here is if there will be enough space for it at the office to be kept and showed. On these occasions, the result sometimes goes to an educational place, or it gets hung at the offices on the café lounge, halls that distribute meeting rooms, or similar. If the result comes from a workshop, project or training sessions it is a good way of keeping the impact on the team to have it sticking arounf for a while.

Another great way to use the product is by digitalizing the result. A photo is the easier and simplest way, and the cheaper also. But the drawings can be vectorized to be used in any kind of digital document, that may just explain what happened, as an internal communications magazin, or a catalogue summarizing the venue. It can be used for brouchures that want to spread the ideas comming from these talks or sessions, or even be crafted into an animated video. These options will be explained next week on the next post.

So the answer is yes. The size matters. Specially within Graphic Recording.

Take care, have fun, love hard :-)