How drawing helps you think | Ralph Ammer | TEDxTUM

  • Published on Jan 17, 2019
  • You don't have to be an artist to draw! In this beautifully illustrated talk, Ralph Ammer shows how drawing your thoughts can be a powerful tool for improving your thinking, creativity and communication. He wants you to believe in your drawing abilities, and provides numerous exercises to help you get started.
    Ralph Ammer is a professor at the Munich University of Applied Sciences and teaches biophilic design, which aims to create life-friendly objects, images, and services based on nature. Ralph believes in the diversity of 21st century craftsmen, regardless of whether they produce well-written programming code, carefully crafted prints, or the occasional ceramic vessel. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 15

  • metapix
    metapix Month ago

    Video editing is frustrating. Should have focused on the drawing screen exlusively instead of giving a long- shot.

    MANIAKRA Month ago +2

    Wow, not even done watching yet and this is a great talk. As an artist, I approve of his message.

  • Florian Divi
    Florian Divi 2 months ago +1

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences and insights. It was a delight to watch your visual talk. 👏

  • Mohammad Banisaeid
    Mohammad Banisaeid 4 months ago +1

    Great talk, accompanied by thoughtful illustrations and animations. Thank you!

  • Lars Hansen
    Lars Hansen 5 months ago +1

    I had - some time ago - realized that I (my brain) prefers to think/work in pictures. - especially when I`m learning something.
    I find that really interesting, because that it's not how education is done here where I live. The education system is (almost) solely based on using the left side of the brain.
    To me it feels like I can remember many things per imagined "picture", so books don't really works great with me - unless of course there are many drawings/illustrations/pictures with explanatory text. In software development - source code counts as a picture after I had read it

    Multiplying that with the : Humans can have from 3 to 7 things in their mind - is probably the reason why I - in software architecture, and SW design - are so many "steps" ahead in solving a solving complex problems compared to everyone else.

  • Jules-Drawings
    Jules-Drawings 9 months ago +1

    Toller talk, und ich liebe diese Illustrationen! Gratulation!

  • ShadowDraw
    ShadowDraw 9 months ago +3

    I of course love this because I am all about sharing with people how to draw with all the fun and none of the stress :)

  • jossalm
    jossalm 10 months ago +8

    I was waiting for you to upload this. It was such a great talk!

  • Lisa W
    Lisa W 10 months ago +25

    Daily drawing-
    Just maybe
    I can change my actual health.
    Thanks for sharing on TED.
    I am disabled mentally.
    Able to picture only faint mental images
    Slow “Visual Processing”
    Deplorable memory.
    No longer employable at 42 years.
    Gonna take up this challenge with commitment -
    Buy a sketchbook and journal the progress-
    Doodle in every waiting room-
    THESE faint mental images ARE going down on PAPER!

    “How drawing helps you think.” Inspiring.

    • Anas Kahlid
      Anas Kahlid Month ago

      You are not mentally disabled. But mentally challenged 👍🏻 Wish you all the best

    • Random Traveler
      Random Traveler 4 months ago +3

      How is it going?

    • Shanfan Huang
      Shanfan Huang 7 months ago +3

      ... and share them!

    • Hussein Horack
      Hussein Horack 7 months ago +3

      awesome!! best of luck, Lisa :)

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  • Donyes Garbouj
    Donyes Garbouj 10 months ago +2