Merging images with data helps business students connect the dots in their comprehension. The Toolkit’s Visual Vocabulary Icons and Templates present a visual language using simple drawing techniques that can be easily reproduced by both instructors and students. The intention is to make the process of drawing and working with hand-drawn visuals less intimidating for both. Choosing the right icon or structure can help shape the conversation that emerges and supports the different types of thinking through the different stages of a project. The Toolkit includes 90 common business icons and 12 templates. Detailed instructions and tips on how to easily draw basic icons are provided at the end of the vocabulary.
An important element of the Visual Toolkit is the visual template. Templates are one of the key visual strategies used in business meetings and offer structure, framework and support in leading people through a process. Templates can be customized to support the thinking at various stages of a project and are particularly suitable for systems process work where teams need to collaborate and brainstorm solutions to complex business problems.
The icons in this document are a compilation of simple drawings for a variety of business concepts and metaphors that can be used for communicating ideas using visual language. Using simple shapes such as a line, square and circle, these icons are easy to reproduce for both instructors and students. They are presented in alphabetical order for quick referencing. Detailed instructions and tips on how to easily draw basic icons are provided at the end of the vocabulary. All images are original drawings.