Literature and Links

Here we collected literature and links that we found along our way while designing the course and that we think are worth it to share with you.
The proposed literature and apps are to be considered as inspiration and are not a prerequisite or working basis for this course.

Week 1

Basic Shapes:

Icons are good examples of using basic shapes. A main characteristic of icons is that their form is reduced to the bare essence supporting scaling and quick recognition. Find inspiration and perform an image search, adding the term “icon”.

Squiggle birds – everyone can draw


Visual Tools - visualisieren leicht gemacht!: Die Kraft der Bilder für Menschen im Wirtschaftsleben; Markus Wortmann

Week 2

Processes and Flow Charts

Here you can find background information on UML (Unified Modeling Language) and BPM (Business Process Modeling)

Screen Sketches

Stencils and Templates for paper prototypes can be found on the internet.

There are also computer programs you can use for screen sketches and beyond.
Balsamiq is a desktop wire framing application:

Week 3


Neuland: The Company Neuland offers high quality materials around the topic of visual communication, moderation, visual recording etc.

No Idea How to Simplify an Object?

Use Google Image search and search for the item plus the terms “sketch” or “icon”. This is useful to get inspiration, but also get a feeling for what kind of pictures are widely associated with the search item.

  • Copy! If you’ve seen a great visualization or symbol - steal with pride.
    With your own sketching style it becomes unique anyway.
  • Create your own visual dictionary with frequently used objects.

Bikablo Visual Dictionaries
These books are a great source of inspiration:

Week 4

People and movement

bikablo® emotions
This exciting edition to our bikablo® visual language collection will allow you to discover just how easy it really is to express and draw your true feelings.

Interesting Persons
Samy Molcho, Expert for Body Language

Paul Ekman, Expert for Facial Expression

Visual Storytelling

See What I Mean
How to Use Comics to Communicate Ideas
By Kevin Cheng (Rosenfeld Media)

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art By Scott McCloud

SAP Scenes

“Scenes is a storyboarding method and tool intended to help people with any background to create visual stories in a collaborative and iterative way.”
Experience it in a video:

We have the DIY version of the Scenes Basic Set and add-ons available as free download packages to use physically and in Power Point

Sketching with the IPad/ IPhone

App Paper

App Adobe Fresco

Other sketching inspirations



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