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Thursday, August 20, 2009

VizThink NYC Pictionary Showdown

VizThink is trying to build a community of visual thinkers. I learned about the organization about a week ago from Twitter, and I thought that it was a nice idea.

I'd like to think that I am a visual thinker. I am a graphic designer after all and data visualization has long been my passion. Besides, I speak and write Chinese fluently. Chinese characters are intrinsically visual, with the core of its character set primarily made up of pictograms and ideograms. While thinking visually is not a new concept, actively putting it to use in my daily note-taking is interesting. I was determined to find out what they are about, and was delighted to find an event so very soon.

The VizThink NYC Pictionary Showdown was a casual event. And it was fun, which might explain the absense of my photography shortly after the game started. But here is what I managed:

Rules of Engagement, VizThink NYC Pictionary Showdown / 20090819.10D.51577 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)
At the start of the show down, Heather Willems, one of the organizers of the event, explained to the participants the rules of the game.

Drinking = highly encouraged, VizThink NYC Pictionary Showdown / 20090819.10D.51579 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)
Having an event held at a local bar mandates that drinking is highly encouraged.

Category: People, VizThink NYC Pictionary Showdown / 20090819.SD850IS.2615 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)
Words for the event were custom-created by the organizers and were intended to be much harder than what you normally see in your box of Pictionary. Pictured above was one of the challenges, in the people category. Can you guess what it is?

Steve Cherches, VizThink NYC Pictionary Showdown / 20090819.10D.51583 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)
Steve Cherches, the person I would forever remember as that who drew the fabulous hot dog.

Ray DeLaPena + Nora Herting, VizThink NYC Pictionary Showdown / 20090819.10D.51584 / SML (by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML)
Ray DeLaPena and Nora Herting

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