A good way to become a better illustrator and improving and honing ones skills – is to begin to think more in icons, outlines and in clearly defined silhuettes.
Everyone knows how to illustrate the concept of an “idea”. It may be a light bulb. But how to illustrate a concept like “product management”? Or why not try to draw “analysis”?
The best illustrations are the ones we don’t even need to think about. We just instantly understand them. Eg. sign on men’s and ladies’ room. Or the sign for “first aid”.
ICONS FOR BUSINESS CONCEPTS
When it comes to illustrations of business concepts it all becomes a bit more diffuse. Then all of a sudden you actually need to know what the product manager does to illustrate his job function. And how about illustrating PR or HR?
Graphic facilitation is an effective tool that uses icon like drawing to create shared understanding by simplifying complex content into a language that everyone gets. With graphic facilitation you yourself can learn how to easily visualize ideas and thoughts with simple drawings. One of the best tools is to develop your own icon library adapted to your work situation and business. That way you always have simple visualizations just at hands reach.