Visual Thinking Strategies
Visual Thinking Strategies, or VTS, is a cross-disciplinary technique applicable to anyone working in a collaborative setting where observation is key. The method centers around a facilitated group discussion of works of art, and is backed by over 30 years of field research showing its effectiveness and accessibility. By allowing individuals to talk about art - without needing a background in the field - VTS advances skills you can use to create more relevant products and stronger teams: Observing, Brainstorming, Speculating, Reasoning with Evidence, Cultivating a Point of View, and Revision & Elaboration. Because there are no right answers , VTS creates a safe space, one that encourages participation from all viewers. Empathy, Communication and Collaboration skills are enhanced along with Comfort with Ambiguity, Openness to the Unfamiliar, Civil Debate, and Willingness to Participate in Group Thinking.
Guided Team Session
On-site or remote, Alex West will guide your teams through a VTS session and share the background of the practice. This is a perfect solution for team building events or agile retrospectives.
Facilitating VTS Workshop
Learn how to facilitate your own VTS sessions. This 1-day workshop covers the method, facilitation skills, image selection, and the finer points of making VTS work.
Articles & Resources
Read more about VTS’ origins in education and access research articles here.
Exploring how Visual Thinking Strategies (and talking about art) builds team-level skills.
Unpacking the findings of recent studies to find what skills set high-performing teams apart.
How Harvard Medical School uses VTS.
Mark Blevis, a media producer, discusses using VTS in his practice.