I've been keeping myself busy exploring different ways of working, including my communication skills. In particular, how I can translate my thoughts into more visual or blended forms. Hanging around with designers has highlighted how broad the options are - and how much more persuasive and engaging different forms can be.
I have been drawing pictures to go with this blog - admittedly very rough, but they are easier than poaching stuff from online, get me practicing, and work fine to break up the text.
I have been converting my note-taking practices into more refined concept overviews. This basically involves being clearer, and using images and visual tools more imaginatively. These notes on Damian Kernahan's (@protopartners) presentation at Service Design 2012 are a good example. (It was a great session by the way! I look forward to being able to engage with Damian more in future.)
My handiwork has really deteriorated since being a bit of a drawer as a child - you can see I struggle with the sharpie.
I will also be exploring how I can use Prezi more - I think it suits my style which is very text-based, but also revolves around logical connections between ideas. I tried it here to express a couple of thoughts on fostering the Adelaide innovation community. It took a very long time (for what is essentially a copy of 5 minutes worth of hand written notes), but seems clear, and I think is a good start for presenting ideas in a professional electronic manner.
My modus operandi is still to take text-based notes and convert to different forms, but I'm interested to watch whether this changes.