The Shapes of My Thoughts – A journey into my personal obsession, drawing: a rigid ritual and a casual pastime, a design tool and a means of expression, but more than anything it is a compulsion and a liberation. In this talk I will elaborate on my own personal practice of drawing and its role as a design tool – to open mental spaces, recognize, name, repeat, remember, and thus understand the world I am designing for at a deeper level. I will walk through the composition of abstract drawings with data and without data. I’ll showcase preparatory sketches for data-visualization, abstract process drawings, explorations of visual elements as a linguistic system for compositions, and obsessive repetitions done with no purpose at all. I will dissect what the act of drawing does to my mind and thoughts, highlighting the aesthetic choices made along the way, unpacking how this casual habit became a sort of physical extension to my mind, creating a loop that fuels my personal and professional life. I'll cover drawing as a projection of something you have in mind, drawing as an exploration of something you don’t have in mind yet, drawing to encourage the aesthetic understanding, drawing as an act of appropriation, drawing as the tentative manifestation of an insurgent if, drawing as a mixture of what you’re seeing and what you’re imagining, and ultimately, drawing as a continuous state of becoming.