Visual Notetaking recognition

Our visual notetaking class got a mention in the Nysmith Newsletter:

Teachers left for summer last week after a wonderful seminar by one of our parents, Brian Tarallo.  His company, Lizard Brain Solutions, helps companies synthesize complex systems and problems with visual tools.  The Nysmith staff worked on various learning styles and explored ways to engage students in deeper experiences with their subject areas.  It is a pleasure to have so many talented teachers and parents in our community.  And, it is a real joy to be able to concentrate on building the best program possible for these young people who face an increasingly complicated world.  While none of us know exactly what their future holds, we do know that they will need the critical thinking skills to delve deeply into many subjects.  They will need to collaborate, so they need self-awareness and empathy.  They will need to be able to express their ideas in multiple formats, written, spoken, and visual.  These all require confidence and character. 


Kenneth Nysmith

Head of School

The Nysmith School

TEDxFoggyBottom April 2016

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Each of the graphic charts from TEDxFoggyBottom in April 2016 had abstract red lines on a black background. When laid out next to each other, the charts formed the red X of the event logo. 

Thanks to Heather Martinez for design inspiration, Ryan Fuhrman for prep work, Heather Lynn Osborn for digital clean up, and Claire Tarallo for sharing the stage and graphic recording with me in front of 1,300 people.

First VR Mindmap

Watch this version in your VR viewer!

Made using Google TiltBrush and the HTC Vive, this is a 3D mindmap of various learning styles and how they manifest.

IFVP 2015 Backdrop


Designed by Heather Martinez, the entire team had a hand in creating this mural for our presentation at the 2015 International Forum of Visual Practioners. The outer space visuals aligned with the theme of our presentation, which asked, "How Can We Orbit Each Other?"

Richard E. Merkling Visual Timeline

In 2015, my grandfather, Richard E. Merkling, turned ninety years old. For his birthday celebration, I compiled all of the stories that he had told me and I had written down over the years. The resulting book, Steady, also gave me fantastic content to do this visual timeline of his life.

Visual timeline of the life of Richard E. Merkling.

I only recently scanned the timeline, which at just over eighteen-and-a-half feet long, is the largest chart I've ever drawn. 

The full-resolution version of the timeline can be downloaded here

Here's a time lapse video of the timeline being drawn:

Time lapse of drawing a graphic of the life of Richard E. Merkling, my grandfather, who just celebrated his 90th birthday

Featured in Trajectory Magazine

Screenshot from Trajectory magazine

Screenshot from Trajectory magazine

This studio piece captures the methods behind OGSystems' Immersive Engineering practice. It was featured in Trajectory Magazine, which is published by the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.

Here's a timelapse of the drawing:



Idea Modeling

Test of idea modeling against an environmental scan results using 20 squares. 

Test of idea modeling against an environmental scan results using 20 squares. 

Still a work in progress, the concept behind idea modeling is taking brainstorming or design off the whiteboard and into 3-D space.  Idea modeling uses interlocking squares of whiteboard-safe material to capture and relate ideas to each other.

Idea modeling has application to mind mapping, kinesthetic modeling, paper prototyping, design thinking, images of organization, and vision mapping. 

Thanks to my friends Heather and Ray Martinez for your invaluable design and production assistance!