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  4. Sketch out drafts of your ideas
Keep your sketches rough. This encourages people to engage with them and comment on them, and to try drawing ideas themselves. Ignore criticisms about the roughness of the drawing – it’s not the point.
Others find using images from magazines or clipart on PowerPoint useful too
5. Use the following test to see how easy the sketches are to understand
Show the drawing to a patient
Ask them to explain in their own words what it is telling them
Explain what you meant
Discuss ways to improve the sketch so it communicates effectively and efficiently.
6. Select a draft
Select the version and specific elements that communicate best and document these
Develop a ‘good’ draft
Trial your draft in a real setting such as a clinic or ward.
7. Decide on the final version and use as appropriate.
You can ask a graphic designer or illustrator to help you complete the final version so you have a professional looking piece of work.
There are many online tools that can help you with visual communication. Some of these are free, others charge depending on what you would like. For example, describes five such sites.
Make sure you do your development in the sketch phase – it’s simple, quick and gets you 90% of the way to effective and efficient communication.
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