One of my favorite sessions yesterday was Shut Up & Draw: A Non-Artist Way to Think Visually. The crux of this session was that drawing an idea leads to improved thinking; it allows for filtering of information to get to the heart of the idea.
The panel talked about “visual literacy” and how much easier it is to understand ideas through drawings. To demonstrate that you don’t have to be an artist (or have any kind of drawing skills at all) to express thoughts and ideas visually, they had the audience draw on napkins. It was quite fun (you can see mine below). And I loved the little doodle books they distributed: