Visuals that describes complex future states, current operating environments, or plans or proposals on a single placemat-sized sheet of paper. Data is gathered from existing source documents (ie – strategic plans), facilitated team meetings, and key stakeholder interviews. Content is organized using a technique called “visual triage” for sifting and binning similar themes. Themes are then linked into a single cohesive story or message. A visual is then designed around that story. Vision maps synthesizes or replaces lengthy documents and invites communication between the presenter and audience.