How to Make Visual Thinking YOUR New Superpower

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Have you ever...

Are you a Big Picture Thinker?

But want to get these mental pictures OUT of your head and INTO the world?

Do you wrestle a whole lot of complexity?

You fight against simplifying, because it only shows you one part of the whole picture.

Do you have a voracious appetite for learning?

But your challenge is making the learning stick? Or you hate “old school” methods of learning by rote, and you seek new tools?

Need to get everyone "all on the same page?"

Do you work with group on on a team and seek to change the conversation and make lasting change?

Are you a hands-on learner?

And wonder how to use that ability to make your life easier?

Do you struggle to get your message out into the world?

Right now it's all messy passion and scattered energy. Are you searching to find the shape and structure of your message?

Do you listen for a living?

And if you could show someone what they are saying, you could help them see their issue from a new perspective.

Feeling a little lost in your life right now?

Does you past feel far away and your future fuzzy? Looking for tools to reconnect with yourself and feel confident on who you are becoming?

Are you living in a state of perpetual overwhelm?

Looking for tools to relieve stress and create more clarity for yourself? 

Visual thinking is a 🏆 top notch tool 🏆for facing ALL of these challenges. 

Join a growing global community of visual thinkers in the course! We have learners from 30 countries so far —

 

The Agerbeck Method is a 90 day, on-demand, video-based online course to teach you how to use drawing as your best thinking tool. This specific type of drawing — drawing to think through your ideas, to learn, to listen better, to problem solve, to clarify and communicate — is called visual thinking.  

Our educational systems and workplaces are heavily verbal, auditory and text-based. We were taught to express ourselves through learning the 3 R's: reading, writing and arithmetic. This word-centric approach forces linear thinking: reading, writing and thinking from left to right, from top to bottom. 

And while that's a great way to distribute information, it's a lousy way to process information. Just think -  

When's the last time you solved a problem in a straight line? 

Visual thinking uses words AND images AND lines AND shapes AND colors AND symbols AND numbers AND all sorts of elements to make drawings that lets you take your thinking in ANY direction it needs to go! Using drawing as your best thinking tool enables you to draw out your ideas in all their complexity, patterns, inter-dependencies. Allowing you to see The Big Picture and how all the pieces fit together. 

From The Idea Shapers: The power of putting your thinking into your own hands, 2016, page 66

Visual thinking is an endlessly adaptable and mighty powerful life skill. It only needs very simple materials: paper and pen. And it is always at your fingertips.

BUT it's not the fastest or easiest skill to learn.

As our cultures get more and more visual, we are becoming more and more sophisticated as viewers. We can read a lot into the images we see. But those classrooms and workplaces have left us woefully unprepared as makers. Instead, the past primacy of written and spoken words has left us with the unrealistic expectation that we can always express ourselves in words and that we can make them all line up beautifully. And if we don't, we've failed. And pictures? Well, drawing is silly, that's doodling, that's the artsy-fartsy stuff. 

WRONG. Drawing and visual thinking is actually a really amazing superpower to make all sort of incredible work happen. 

From The Idea Shapers, The Properties and Powers of Drawing, page 39: 

"Within the making of a drawing are countless choices. A power of drawing is in the choices that make a physical drawing. When you use any of the Idea Shapers, you are making physical objects. A drawing. A stack of cards. A giant map. A tiny icon. In your object-making you make a multitude of choices: which pen to use, which color, what surface to draw on, what to draw.

When deciding what to draw you will also make many decisions about your content: Does this idea belong in this drawing? How do I phrase it? Is there an image that supports it? What is the placement? Size? Style? Color? How does this one piece relate to the other pieces I've already established on the page?

 

Every choice results in a decision. You clarify your thinking with 
each decision made. Every mark has meaning. With each mark you are making meaning for yourself."

Again, drawing and visual thinking is a powerful and endlessly adaptable, but it is also complex. This is why I wrote The Idea Shapers. In it, I share a five-step process that contains 24 visual thinking concepts, called idea shapers.

 

 

The Agerbeck Method is the first 90 days to your lifelong visual thinking practice. I guide you step-by-step with daily video lessons. This course can do SO MUCH that a book can't do. With video, you can watch me and draw along. You can pause, review, play, re-watch. From my studio, I share 90 different, engaging lessons all designed to build up a rock-solid foundation to build your visual thinking practice. 

And if you already have a practice, you can use The Agerbeck Method to strengthen your practice, increase your focus and discipline and see your work from a new perspective. 

The Agerbeck Method format is designed around a daily video lesson. Any PDFs or audio files that help deepen the lesson are available for download on each day's page. I give guidance for homework every day, called practice builders. 

Each lesson is 10-35 minutes. In some lessons, I ask you to join me for a specific exercise. Other days, I invite you to watch, listen and make your own visual notes. I encourage you to spend an additional 15 minutes or so after the video playing and practicing, letting what you learned sink in. Some days, I'll give you a short, specific exercise to complete before the next next day. 

⭐Also, each video lesson includes a comment section where you can ask questions, share your experience, and read the experiences of others. ⭐

The secret sauce of The Agerbeck Method is the sequence and the bite-sized lessons. I make sure each "bite" is chewy and tasty and totally digestable. 

I see each day's lesson as one brick in building your rock-solid foundation. Together, we build brick by brick. I distill a lifetime to of my experience of personal meaning-making with drawing and 20+ years of professional experience as a graphic facilitator to make each one of those bricks as strong as they can be. You fortify that foundation with your time and energy following the course every day. 

If a 30-minute daily lesson, feels like a lot, you can choose to wait a few days and block out a longer chunk of time on your schedule to do several lessons in one sitting. While a lessons are released on a schedule, the course is entirely self-paced and self-guided. You have lifetime access to the lessons, the files the comment sections. There is no deadline. You make the learning work for you. 

Note: If you do want to learn with friends, I highly recommend taking advantage of the group offers - OR - register individually at the same time. This is because the lessons are released timed to begin when you register.

I do encourage getting as close to daily practice as possible. Any time you watch a lesson you will learn, and you will be adding to your skill set — but by tackling smaller pieces more often, you'll make these skills more ingrained, more habitual. 

Whether you think of these as bites or bricks (and I should watch out for mixing my metaphors, that's how we get loose teeth), that's the micro view. 

The macro view is that our 90 days together covers 9 modules. Each module focuses on one major component of visual thinking, and we spend 10 days on each. Each module contains 3 topics, each topic is made of three lessons. Days 1, 2, 3 are the first topic, Days 4, 5, 6 are the second topic, Days 7, 8, 9 are the third topic. The tenth day of each topic is a Review + Reflection session. 

The Shape of the Course

Here are the 9 modules of

Your first 3 modules focus on shifting from linear to SPATIAL thinking:

Module 1: CANVAS

Pick the surfaces and formats that fit your objectives.
Day 1-3: How to Succeed
Day 4-6: The Landscape
Day 7-9: The Stack
Day 10: CANVAS Review + Reflection

Module 2: PROXIMITY

Shift to spatial thinking, place the pieces thoughtfully.
Day 11-13: Listbusting!
Day 14-16: What Goes Where?
Day 17-19: Spatial Cues
Day 20: PROXIMITY Review + Reflection

Module 3: TEXT

Choose words that best represent your thinking.
Day 21-23: Words + Images = ❤️
Day 24-26: Distill
Day 27-29: Penmanship
Day 30: TEXT Review + Reflection

In your next 3 modules, you strengthen the visual RELATIONSHIPS between ideas:

Module 4: COLOR

Use color a lot vs. using a lot of colors.
Day 31-33: Color-FULL
Day 34-36: The Spectrum
Day 37-39: The Trio
Day 40: COLOR Review + Reflection

Module 5: LINE

Draw lines between & around ideas to show relationships. 
Day 41-43: The Connector
Day 44-46: The Container
Day 47-49: The Anchor
Day 50: LINE Review + Reflection

Module 6: SCALE

Select size to create hierarchy & organization.
Day 51-53: The Size of Ideas
Day 54-56: You-Sized
Day 57-59: The Pyramid
Day 60: SCALE Review + Reflection

Your last 3 modules support you in making more INTEGRATED drawings:

Module 7: SHAPE

Find the overall shape & structure of your ideas.
Day 61-63: Seeking Shape
Day 64-66: Whole Composition
Day 67-69: Depth
Day 70: SHAPE Review + Reflection

Module 8: IMAGE

Add pictorial imagery within abstract & symbolic drawing.
Day 71-73: The Image Iceberg
Day 74-76: Visual Vocabulary
Day 77-79: Characters
Day 80: IMAGE Review + Reflection

Module 9: FLOW

Create flow and movement throughout your work. 
Day 81-83: Movement
Day 84-86: Your Visual Voice
Day 87-89: Keeping Your Flow
Day 90: FLOW Review + Reflection

Here are the 5 types of visual thinkers The Agerbeck Method serves:  

Course Qualities

📱  Easy Access
Login and watch this video-based course from phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

👉 Self-guided
Take this course at your own pace. Lessons will be released over the 90 days (not all at once), but you set your speed for watching and practicing.

⏲️ Access any time
Choose the time that works for your schedule. Course is available 24/7/365.

✏️ No special tools
You only need a device to watch from, blank paper and a few pens to complete this course.

⏳ Lifetime access
Once purchased, the course stays in your personal library. 

💎 Repeatable
Easy processes that you can return to again and again. 

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A: ABSOLUTELY. 

Two points to help you get over your illuphobia and join me: 

1| Drawing is a practiced skill. If you draw like a seven year old, you likely stopped drawing when you were seven. You can always begin again. 

2| While 1 module focuses on imagery, the vast majority of what I teach is best done with simple lines and shapes.

Only a tiny fraction of what we're doing over your 90 day visual thinking transformation is about drawing pictorial imagery. And in the 8th module, IMAGE, I'll share my go-to drawings to give you a a direct path to what to learn and practice first. 

A: The core of each lesson is a video that you watch from your browser. This learning platform is optimized both for computer viewing and watching from your phone.

Log into your account at courses.loosetooth.com and click into The Agerbeck Method.  As long as you can stream these short videos and you have paper and pen, you are good to go. 

Some lessons have supplemental PDFs or audio files to the course. The ability to print the PDFs is useful, but not crucial to your success. 

A: No worries. You have all the time you need.

While the course will be released topic-by-topic over the 90 days, you are granted lifetime access. 

Take the course at the pace that works for you. And you're welcome to rewatch lessons any time. 

A: This is definitely not a "one-hour masterclass." I get so ticked off when someone offers mastery in 60 minutes. 

No.

That's BS.

To truly transform your visual thinking, you'll put in time and effort. But investing in yourself now will give you an incredibly adaptive and powerful skill for life.

The course itself contains 24+ hours of video content. 
Visual thinking is complex work that takes time to understand and practice to make it an indispensable tool.  I took great care to craft a step-by-step course that leads you through visual thinking thoroughly and efficiently. 

The daily video lessons are 6 to 35 minutes long. The average time is 15 minutes. 

Take a look at the text below the videos for guidance on your to make best use of your time. In some lessons, I recommend taking live notes. In every lesson, I have recommended Practice Builders. None of these are required, but every one of them will help you truly develop your visual thinking practice. To make your new-found or improved skills stick. 

Again, upon registration, you have lifetime access to the course. Take in the lessons and build your skilsl at your own pace. 

Please join me.

All are welcome. 

Yes, I do use my 22 year career as a many examples of my experience in the course.

Graphic facilitation is what forged my visual thinking abilities in fire. 

It's live, it's for money, and it's a different topic, group of participants, and objectives each time. 

That is high stakes visual thinking.

All of this gives me the impeccable credentials to teach you the best of what I know, no matter what you are using visual thinking for. 

Throughout our 90 lessons together, you will hear me make distinctions between live work and non-live work. The demands of making like sketchnotes in class in different than when you're tackling a problem solo with sketchbook and pens. I make sure to make those distincts to help you respond to the kind of visual thinking you are doing. 

A: We each have our own approach to our professional work giving visual support to groups. There is no one right way. 

I do see enormous need for graphic facilitation work that transcends "iconitis" — recording text and adding a corresponding icon. 

I want you to do varsity level visual thinking. 

A huge part of my own personal right way of working professionally is to help participants make meaning of their work. I do this through visual organization and synthesis. Going far beyond strict capture. 

Current AgMe (our nickname for The Agerbeck Method) learners tell me they chose to join me to learn to organize, synthesize, and become stronger listeners.

Let me help you be stronger in your career and serve your clients better. 

A: I offer a 30-day, "no-quibble" guarantee. Just contact me and let me know within 30 days of registering. I'll revoke your access to the course and refund you fully. 

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Do you work with group on on a team and seek to change the conversation and make lasting change?

Are you a hands-on learner?

And wonder how to use that ability to make your life easier?

Do you struggle to get your message out into the world?

Right now it's all messy passion and scattered energy. Are you searching to find the shape and structure of your message?

Do you listen for a living?

And if you could show someone what they are saying, you could help them see their issue from a new perspective.

Feeling a little lost in your life right now?

Does you past feel far away and your future fuzzy? Looking for tools to reconnect with yourself and feel confident on who you are becoming?

Are you living in a state of perpetual overwhelm?

Looking for tools to relieve stress and create more clarity for yourself? 

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