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Phone: 1.707.486.2441

Our Story

Introducing Visual Insight

Visual Insight works with leaders of organizations and industries who are pioneering the use of visual communication to engage, connect, and inspire people.

We are unique in that we combine content expertise (in leadership process, organizational learning, and technology) with art (specifically, the use of symbols that cross cultures, geographies and time) and long experience in journalism (objective observation and concise reporting).

We have the conviction that good leaders, educators and knowledge workers already have the implicit wisdom to reach their goals. Our clients say that we help them clearly understand and immediately convey their own emerging ideas, enabling them to take action with effective new communication tools.

Beginnings

Visual Insight was founded by Eileen Clegg after discovering the value of bringing together her experience with three disciplines: journalism, art, and research in the future of learning. The practice she calls “visual journalism” began with documenting presentations and meetings she attended for her research.

Rather than recording everything that was said, she found herself selecting the key ideas and new concepts that fit together as a coherent story. Intuitively, the story would take a literal shape as an image, through interplay of intuition, logic and old fashioned objective reporting. She began receiving calls from think tanks, conference organizers, and leadership trainers who wanted her to visually document their events. Often, clients ask us to reflect back to them what we have heard, so they can objectively assess how their ideas sound and look to others.

Our Practice

Today, almost all Visual Insight clients are referrals from people who have seen us in action. We are known for being able to “see” ideas from a new angle and present them with our unique combination of words and images. The result is a communication tool that will allow others—including people who do not share insider knowledge or assumptions—to understand and embrace new concepts.

Our work is strongly informed by our involvement with cutting edge research in learning, organizational development, technology and communication (all areas where visual literacy increasingly is critical to success). Content expertise helps us identify themes and new ideas, eliminating the extraneous and redundant. We feel most successful when clients tell us that our work not only helped them communicate better, but enabled them to see their own ideas more clearly as part of a “big picture.”

Our People

Through the collaborative work of people with expertise in info-graphics, web-design, graphic arts, business, fine art and education, we have developed innovative techniques for capturing ideas, reproducing images, and developing templates for clients to use on their own. Meet the core group of Visual Insight:

Eileen Clegg has been a professional writer her entire career and has used art to frame ideas as far back as she can remember. She was a daily news journalist for 20 years, has written numerous books and articles, has been affiliated with Institute for the Future conducting research on learning since 1999. She brought her art and writing together professionally in 2000.

Gary Newman Gary Newman is a graphic designer who has been producing info-graphics for newspapers and magazines for more than 30 years. He also has created websites and produced books for clients ranging from an Ivy League university to a multinational biotech company. Gary has won numerous journalism awards. Eileen and Gary have collaborated together for 17 years.

Justin Klineman is our writer, editor, researcher and interviewer.  Justin edits our books, white papers, and reports, both proprietary projects and mainstream publications about visualization, technology, and collaborative process.  He combines research expertise, interview acumen, and precision wordsmithing to provide the content behind the graphics for Visual Insight.

Bill Daul does research and development for Visual Insight and has special expertise in converting large-scale graphics into images for books and the web environment, inventing the “clickable mural” for Visual Insight. In addition the graphics and web skills that Bill brings to us, he also is one of Silicon Valley’s leading communication facilitators for thought leaders in technology and learning, and keeps Visual Insight at the edge.

Lorie Lease, our business manager, has been in business finance for 25 years and has been working with Eileen for 13 years. Her professional focus has been on new businesses with innovative products and services.

Valerie Landau is a creative director and a designer/developer of multimedia applications. She is collaborating with Eileen Clegg and Dr. Douglas Engelbart on the upcoming book, “Raising the Collective IQ.” She has worked on several award-winning projects, including “Math Heads” and “Word Heads”, winner of the Parents Choice Gold Medal. She also has worked on a permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution. She is author of the book “Developing an Effective Online Course” and holds a graduate degree in the area of Educational Technology, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Strategic Partners

We collaborate with several other professionals and businesses in communication, leadership, management development, and learning technologies. Our partners.