How to make contextual visuals based on teamwork, themes and bikablo® icons.

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How to make contextual visuals based on teamwork, themes and bikablo® icons.

As an agile & visual coach, I am still humbled about the positive impact our visualisation methods make on knowledge workers.

The bikablo technique features a fast, unique learning experience that works in your office location and has a great impact – the Symbol Safari. So what is the Symbol Safari?

The Symbol Safari is an activity that engages a team to create incrementally build a complex visual metaphor for a specific theme.

It is a great introduction with working with a marker and also using visuals in a team to create meaning out of complexity, with the help of bikablo® icons.

Michael Saunders, meetup leader kindly introducing Martin before the visual thinking meetup kicked off.

Introducing working on the wall, using the marker and the safari instructions

Visual Introduction
We Introduce the Bikablo Method and simple colouring

Our Safari Map - the journey to exploring visualisation

We Introduce the Bikablo Method and simple colouring

Selecting Icons to associate with their word-storming around a central theme

We Introduce the Bikablo Method and simple colouring

The teams draw and then we celebrate our new visual skills with a showcase.

Symbol Safari at your organisation?? Yes We Can!

A Symbol Safari workshop is a great introduction to visual thinking and learning to draw with bikablo methods.

Our training team offers bookings for this event. We bring all equipment, all we need is a room, with a few whiteboards and lots of curious minds.

Workshop Duration ~ 2hrs
Workshop Investment: $1080.00 (plus GST)
Discount: The amount will be deducted as a discount when ordering an in-house training within in 6 month.


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    Visual Posters to assist Visual Facilitation

    Younito Man

    You are a facilitator. You are busy. A workshop is coming. Sounds familiar? Well Visual Friends are here to help.

    As a facilitator, after you have designed your workshop you may consider how visualisation can support your event. Visual Friends are releasing a set of visual posters in the bikablo style that could help.

    These are A0 size layouts that can be pre-printed to save you time to focus on content over layout.

    We’d love to hear your feedback and perhaps any poster styles that you’d like to request.

    All the best, the Visual Friends Team.

    A simple frame holds the information together.


    Just one box more. A headline and a simple frame holds around your text holds your insights together. Download

    Great poster template to summarise your next brain storming. By the way, let everyone think alone first then consolidate together. This creates more diversity. Download

    Just add the topic you investigate together on the top and hand out post-it to cover the question mark! Have fun together. Download

    Use this template to look back or plan the next actions ahead. Use the SMART (Simple, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time based) writing for clear defined actions. Download

    Ask your team for feedback after the workshop. Use Post-its and make them write! Place this flip chart at the exit of your workshop so that people can leave anonym feedback if they choose to. Download

    Marcel van Hove

    Marcel combines agile team coaching with visual thinking. Marcel believes that a group of people drawing together on a whiteboard can change the world. He loves high-performing teams and therefore coaches teams every day.