🍞 Drawing toast: my new favorite brainstorm icebreaker

Turn anyone into a visual communicator in three minutes or less

Allie Ofisher
Jan 25, 2019 · 2 min read

Ever wondered what it might be like to walk into a Pixo brainstorming meeting? Well, this past week you would have found one of our project teams trying out the Draw Toast activity, from Dave Gray’s Gamestorming.

And let me tell you, it was a huge success!

The Whiteboard room at Pixo. A dream space for all types of collaboration.

The concept is simple:

  1. Gather some writing utensils and paper (Or a whiteboard!).
  2. Set a timer for three minutes and ask each person to draw their process of making toast.
  3. Share!
Our project team’s toasty masterpieces.

Consensus: It’s a delight

Not only is this a fun icebreaker for a group, it’s a great way to show that anyone can convey thoughts visually. From engineers to project managers, this group had no problem explaining their toast process through simple shapes, arrows, and stick figures.

After this activity, the level of confidence and trust in the room definitely increased! For the next hour and a half of the meeting, I wasn’t the only one up at the whiteboard sketching interfaces or drawing storyboards.

👉 For more on the strategy, check out the source.

Sharing our sketches
Tyler Edwards and Lindsey Gates-Markel gave this activity a try this morning to get the creative juices flowing! They give it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ stars!

Happy drawing, everyone! I’d love to see all your toast photos, too!

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Allie Ofisher

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Lead UX Designer @ Pixo

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Pixo is a woman-owned digital consultancy in Urbana, Illinois. We build well-researched websites, apps, and software that put people first.