How to Become a Visual Thinker.

Start drawing. At every opportunity.

Create sketches, perspectives, or doodles on napkins, backs of envelopes, scraps of paper, vellum, mylar, or in a notebook. Use pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, or markers. Try to capture shade, shadow, light, dark, texture, and depth. Details, details, and more details. Study form, shape, space, and the organization of parts, pieces, or of the whole. Pay attention to order, disorder and the flow of space.

Over time, your brain will rewire itself as you grow accustomed to zooming in to the finest of details and then backing out to take in the larger picture. You will be able to consider both the micro and macro scales simultaneously and patterns will begin to emerge.

How you see affects how you think. Flexibility of mind is a critical skill in a fast-paced, highly networked society.