A Visual Vocabulary for Concept Models

Part One: Rendering Relationships

Concept Sketches by Brian Gulassa, Toy Designer and fellow CCA professor
My drawing Scott Berninato’s chart of charts
The Design Squiggle http://cargocollective.com/central/The-Design-Squiggle

Like language, visual communications abstract and schematize; unlike language, they use properties of the page (e.g., proximity and place: center, horizontal ⁄ up–down, vertical ⁄ left–right) and the marks on it (e.g., dots, lines, arrows, boxes, blobs, likenesses, symbols) to convey meanings. — Barbara Tversky

System Concept Model

Exploded View Diagram, by Brian Gulassa, toy designer.
Learn more http://study.com/academy/lesson/bubble-diagrams-in-architecture-interior-design.html
http://dis.bobulate.com/work/ted/
https://www.behance.net/susanmoller
https://doriantaylor.com/characterizing-the-information-architecture-institute

Process Concept Model

me, notes from culinary school
http://www.lostgarden.com/2012/04/loops-and-arcs.html
https://virtualeconomists.myshopify.com/blogs/news/tagged/mobile-games
http://mentalfloss.com/article/69213/creative-flowchart-used-walt-disney
https://medium.com/@davidjbland/7-things-i-ve-learned-about-lean-startup-c6323d9ef19c#.jyay2ikp0
http://grahamtodman.co.uk/blog/category/wireflow/
Loops within arcs! Arcs within loops! good times! https://conversionxl.com/customer-journey-maps-better-website-retention/

Models for Comparison

Learn to use it here http://www.xplaner.com/visual-thinking-school/
You know SWOT, but do you recall it’s helpful-harmful, internal-external? Position in space has meaning.
http://feedbackacademy.dk/en/joharis-window/
http://www.businessballs.com/johariwindowmodel.htm
http://casualgamerevolution.com/about/what-is-a-casual-game
http://chasingdelicious.com/kitchen-101-coffee-roasting-brewing/

Combinations & Metaphors

https://www.slideshare.net/stephenpa/place-in-space-aka-how-to-design-a-concept-model
http://precoil.com/
From Laura Klein’s Build Better Products
I want to point out I’m completely making stuff up at this point, and it is my theory and mine alone that sales and market can expand your market share. Still, I suspect sales and marketing is the right name for those bridges.
Giorgia Lupi explores

Building a Visual Vocabulary

http://extremepresentation.typepad.com/blog/2015/01/announcing-the-slide-chooser.html
http://sachachua.com/blog/2012/04/visual-metaphors-change/
http://www.christophniemann.com/portfolio/my-life-in-illustration/
One of my many pages of copying other people.

Why?

How’d that thing get in here?

Addendum

More on Visual Thinking

Designing business, and the business of design. www.eleganthack.com