Synopses & Reviews
There is NO SUCH THINGand#160;as a mindless doodle
What did Einstein, JFK, Edison, Marie Curie, and Henry Ford have in common? They were all inveterate doodlers. These powerhouse minds knew instinctively that doodling is deep thinking in disguiseand#151;a simple, accessible, and dynamite tool for innovating and solving even the stickiest problems.
Sunni Brownand#8217;s mission is to bring the power of the Doodle to the rest of us. She leads the Revolution defying all those parents, teachers, and bosses who say Stop doodling! Get serious! Grow up! She overturns misinformation about doodling, demystifies visual thinking, and shows us the power of applying our innate visual literacy.
Doodling has led to countless breakthroughs in science, technology, medicine, architecture, literature, and art. And as Brown proves in this inspiring, empowering book, it can help all of us think and do better in whatever fields we pursue.
With passion and wit, Brown guides you from the basic Doodle all the way to the formidable and#147;Infodoodleand#8221;and#151;the tight integration of words, numbers, images, and shapes that craft and display higher-level thinking.
Sheand#8217;ll teach you how to doodle any object, concept, or system imaginable.
Sheand#8217;ll show you how to shift habitual thinking patterns to get cognitive breakthroughs.
Sheand#8217;ll help you transform boring text into displays that can engage any audience.
And sheand#8217;ll give you the courage to take up your pen, pencil, or whiteboard marker, withoutand#160;shame, judgment, or apology.
As Brown writes in the Doodle Revolutionaryand#8217;s Manifesto, and#147;No longer will the Doodle live in a house of ill repute. No longer will simple visual language be underestimated, underused, and misunderstood. Forevermore, we acknowledge the Doodle as a tool for immersive learning and we wield its power deliberately and without restriction, in any learning environment we see fit.and#8221;
Doodlers of the world, unite! The power of the pen awaits you.
's best innovation book of the year
A Fast Company best business book of the year
The (London) Times business creativity book of the year
"A must read for younger generation managers."
"Roam shows that even the most analytical right-brainers can work better by thinking visually."
"[Roam] shows you how to create simple drawings...that are simple but effective tools in breaking down complex notions and letting you share an idea across cultures and levels of expertise with aplomb."
"As painful as it is for any writer to admit, a picture is worth a thousand words. That's why I learned so much from this book. With style and wit, Dan Roam has provided a smart, practical primer on the power of visual thinking."
-Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
"Inspiring! It teaches you a new way of thinking in a few hours-what more could you ask from a book?"
-Dan Heath, author of Made to Stick
"This book is a must read for managers and business leaders. Visual thinking frees your mind to solve problems in unique and effective ways."
-Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures
"If you observe the way people read or listen to things in the early 21st century, you realize that there aren't many of us left with a linear attention span. Visual information is much more interesting than verbal information. So if you want to make a point, do it with images, pictures or graphics...Dan Roam is the first visual consultant for the customer. And the message sticks."
-Roger Black, Media design leader, author of Websites That Work
"Simplicity. This is Dan Roam's message in The Back of the Napkin. We all dread business meetings with their mountains of documents and the endless bulleted power points. Roam cuts through all that to demonstrate how the use of simple drawings-executed while the audience watches-communicate infinitely better than those complex presentations. Is a picture truly worth a thousand words? Having told us how to communicate with pictures, Roam rounds out his message by explaining that 'We don't show insight-inspiring pictures because it saves a thousand words; we show it because it elicits the thousand words that make the greatest difference.' And that is communication that works."
-Bill Yenne, author of Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint
and#8220;Inand#160;The Doodle Revolution
, Sunni Brown opens our minds to the idea that we naturallyand#160;possess a simple, overlooked skill of great value: the ability to doodle.and#160;It's aand#160;rare gift to be taught such a rewarding truth in so joyful and light-hearted a manner. Sunniand#160;is a creative light and an inspiring mentor.and#8221;
and#8212;Chris Anderson, TED Curator
"Why do we insist on representing our world using 26 letters rather than an infinity of pictures? Sunni Brown shows us how to doodle our way to better thinking. Her book will have youand#160;drawing insights on the page, not just in the margins."
and#8212;Dan Heath, co-author ofand#160;Decisive, Made to Stick,and#160;andand#160;Switch
"Contrary to popular opinion, doodling is a serious endeavor. As Brown shows in this smart and accessible book, applying visual language allows you to see new dimensions of a problem -- and at times, new aspects of yourself. and#160;So get out your writing sticks and prepare to doodle!"
and#8212;Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive
and#8220;The future is filled with an ever-growing density of information, so visual literacyand#8212;the ability to think and communicate using visual languageand#8212;will become an essential skill. Thankfully, The Doodle Revolution gives all of us the ability to take the leap.and#8221;
and#8212;Jane McGonigal, author of Reality Is Broken
"Doodles come straight from the Unconscious. That's partly why they work. Sunni did a beautiful job of shining a light on visual language."
and#8212;Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art and The Legend of Bagger Vance
and#8220;Thereand#8217;s a reason why so many innovative companies use Sunniand#8217;s techniques for visual literacy, and itand#8217;s not just because they want to have fun. These methods offer consistently better thinking,and#160;and in the process deliver happiness as well.and#8221;and#160; and#8212;Tony Hsieh, Zappos.com CEO andand#160;author of Delivering Happiness and#160;
and#8220;Doodling is not just a nervous habit. It nudges the mind to discover different angles and hidden connections.and#160;and#160;In the long runand#8212;and especially around new mediaand#8212;expressing oneself in raw text might not stand up in the face of artistic, spatial, and emotive text. Sunni has found a way to validate and systematize a new language that enables thinking on a whole new level.and#8221;
and#8212;Robert McKee, author of Story
and#8220;Both practical and inspiring, Brownand#8217;s book reminds readers of the revolutionary power o simplicity in an information-overloaded world. A gold mine for readers interested in learning more about the benefits of increased visual literacy.and#8221;
"Brown's defense of the doodle is convincing . . . this creative, fun book will definitely help you get your doodle on."
The acclaimed bestseller about visual problem solving-now bigger and better
"There is no more powerful way to prove that we know something well than to draw a simple picture of it. And there is no more powerful way to see hidden solutions than to pick up a pen and draw out the pieces of our problem."
So writes Dan Roam in The Back of the Napkin, the international bestseller that proves that a simple drawing on a humble napkin can be more powerful than the slickest PowerPoint presentation. Drawing on twenty years of experience and the latest discoveries in vision science, Roam teaches readers how to clarify any problem or sell any idea using a simple set of tools.
He reveals that everyone is born with a talent for visual thinking, even those who swear they can't draw. And he shows how thinking with pictures can help you discover and develop new ideas, solve problems in unexpected ways, and dramatically improve your ability to share your insights.
Take Herb Kelleher and Rollin King, who figured out how to beat the traditional hub-and-spoke airlines with a bar napkin and a pen. Three dots to represent Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Three arrows to show direct flights. Problem solved, and the picture made it easy to sell Southwest Airlines to investors and customers.
Now with more color, bigger pictures, and additional content, this new edition does an even better job of helping you literally see the world in a new way. Join the teachers, project managers, doctors, engineers, assembly-line workers, pilots, football coaches, marine drill instructors, financial analysts, students, parents, and lawyers who have discovered the power of solving problems with pictures.
Roam's "The Back of the Napkin," a "Business Week" bestseller, teaches readers the power of brainstorming and communicating with pictures. This expanded edition presents more exciting ways for solving all kinds of business problems.
A fearless guide to awakening your mind using simple visual language
What do Einstein, Edison, Richard Feynman, Henry Ford, and JFK have in common? Like virtually all heavy-hitting thinkers, they looked beyond just words and numbers to get intellectual and creative insights. They actively applied a deceptively simple tool to think both smarter and faster: the doodle. And so can the rest of usand#151;zero artistic talent required.
Visual thinking expert Sunni Brown has created The Doodle Revolution as a kick-starter guide for igniting and applying simple visual language to any challenge. The instinctive and universal act of doodling need only be unleashed in order to innovate, solve problems, and elevate cognitive performance instantly.
With humor, wit, and a commitment to disrupting our perceptions of doodling, Brown teaches us how to:
- Doodle any object, concept, or system imaginable.
- Invent, innovate, and solve messy problems.
- Transform text into a visual display that engages an audience.
- Explain the relevance of visual literacy to leaders at work and at school.
Despite what our culture suggests, doodling and sketching are powerful tools and they are for everyone, not just artsy types. Itand#8217;s time we recognize visual literacy as a fundamental requirement for the future.
A visual guide to making extraordinary presentations by the acclaimed author of The Back of the Napkin
We are all natural born presenters. We have ideas to share, voices to share them, and people to share them with. So why do most of us find public speaking so hard?
In this pithy but powerful guide, communication expert Dan Roam provides a simple five-step path to take us from jitters and complexity to confidence and clarity. He explains his tried-and-true visual techniques and the wisdom he has gained from giving award-winning presentations. Roam shows us how to: and#160; and#160; and#160;and#149; Clearly present any idea with simple visuals and#160; and#160; and#160;and#149; Know our audience before we step in front and#160; and#160; and#160;of them and#160; and#160; and#160;and#149; Channel fear into fun
Roamand#8217;s lively visual style, hand-drawn pictures, and vivid text will help regular people overcome anxiety and make brilliant presentations.
About the Author
Sunni Brownand#160;was named one of theand#160;100 Most Creative Peopleand#160;in Business and one of the 10 Most Creative People on Twitter by Fastand#160;Company. She is a consultant, an international speaker, the coauthor of Gamestorming, and the leader of a global campaign for visual literacy. Her TED Talk on doodling has drawn more than a million views on TED.com. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Mr. Pepper Pants, and her dog, Mr. Simon.