Pencil Me In

Pencil Me In

Working with Pictures was so well received, I decided to do a “real” book.  Eight months later (a.k.a. wednesday)  I sent it to the copy editor and interior designer to give it the old spit and polish. Clever Kate Rutter…

Five Models for Making Sense of Complex Systems

Five Models for Making Sense of Complex Systems

In one of the classes I teach at CCA, students were confused by mental models, conceptual models, concept maps, etc. I ended up drawing a taxonomy for models on the whiteboard, and it may help others. This post is for…

Feedback for Teams

Feedback for Teams

This is a write-up of a key learning from my fall class “The Creative Founder,” open to Juniors and Seniors at CCA. It was mostly attended by Interaction Designers, but had some industrial and graphic designers. Want to take it?…

Alphabets and Logographs

Alphabets and Logographs

When I first got into Visual Thinking, I came across a core concept that no one agreed on: visual alphabets.   Here is the one put together by Austin Kleon, Dave Gray and Sunni Brown at a SXSW one day….

How to Make a Concept Model

How to Make a Concept Model

Originally published in Boxes and Arrows May 6th, 2014. I realized recently I never published this here, on my blog. I also realized I’ve never written up the thing that prompted the model I wanted to build. hmmm…  I can draw….

Design All the Things! UX Lausanne Talk

Design All the Things! UX Lausanne Talk

Opening keynote, Lausanne, Switzerland. Christina Wodtke – Design All the Things! from UX Lausanne on Vimeo. Designers fall in love with the things they design: flows, wireframes, journey maps and personas. But design is not a title or a set…

Story in Space

This is a post for my Story class students, posted here in case it’s interesting to my readers. They are working on making an Interactive Fiction piece set in a dystopia. Interactive Fiction is a text-based game in which you…

Product as Hero Storyboard

Product as Hero Storyboard

Long time readers know I am completely obsessed with story architecture, and use it in many things: writing (of course), presentations and even product design. I have a version of the story   that is particularly useful when trying to design…

The Myths of UX Design/ Product Design/Whatever They Call It This Week

The Myths of UX Design/ Product Design/Whatever They Call It This Week

As with my other “myth” article, it starts with me reading an essay, frothing at the mouth a bit, running out of characters on Twitter and ending up here where I can type more than 140 characters. Like the previous…

A Library of Visual Thinking

A Library of Visual Thinking

Over the last two years, I’ve deeply committed to working visually. I’ve sketchnoted talks, used visual stories to innovate, and taught a few hundred people to do the same. Over and over I have found this approach improves both quality,…