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  • Kit Irwin

During a Drawing Together Graphic Medicine session, we were asked to draw a ritual that's been important during COVID 19. I immediately thought of my quest to declutter my basement and started drawing a flow chart to represent the activity. I was amazed how drawing revealed three key points about my efforts.

Flowchart of my decluttering ritual

  1. I overcomplicate the process. Decluttering is a decision intensive activity. As I drew the flow chart, I realized that I was simplifying the actual steps. For example, there is a place for an object but that location is already full, what then?

  2. If the answer to "Is this trash?" was yes more often, my progress would be swifter.

  3. Since I've overcomplicated things, it's not clear where to begin. One of the final arrows I drew, needed to come before the starting point hence obscuring it. When a task is overwhelming, it can be hard to start it.

Draw one of your rituals and see what you learn.

  • Kit Irwin

At the Cape Cod Tech Council, Eve Zuckoff, a reporter for WCAI, talked about the challenges of covering climate change. Looking at statistics, she saw that removing Climate Change from the headline can increase the number of people who will click on a particular story.


What word or phrase are you using that can turn some people off?


Having an image can increase click throughs by 42% in emails. What image will you use?


Sketchnote of Eva Zuckoff's presentation on Climate Change


At Venture Cafe's Artificial Intelligence, Charis Loveland described how AI was used to select options to display to customers based on their searches. She described how color names are mapped to numbers -- a decimal point a bunch of numbers behind it -- so that the app could calculate how similar colors are to one another.


My history with color came flooding back to me. In high school art class, colors were combinations of red, blue, and yellow. When I worked on image processing as a software engineer, colors were light-based combinations of red, green, and blue (RGB). For printing, colors were combinations of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Doing web development, there were 216 "web safe" colors that would display the same on any monitor. Rarely would you use their names; but instead use a hexadecimal number to specify a color.


In Charis Loveland's presentation, the color examples were different shades of red: scarlet, magenta, cherry, maroon. I suspect the name-to-number mapping came from Pantone ® .


In my sketchnote of her talk, I originally used blue for the dresses. In the video from Procreate, see the dress colors change from blue to red to match her talk. Later in the video, see how I changed the background to work better with other elements.


When I draw I think about who will be viewing the image. For the colorblind, I use colors that are different shades so if they can't differentiate, say between red and green, they can differentiate by which one is darker. To test if there is enough contrast, I use an image editor or print preview to see how the image looks in gray scale. If the contrast is still there, the image will work for the colorblind.

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