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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.
"We all hate corporate-speak and impenetrable, needlessly complex language but Roam's (Back of the Napkin) ire is at an altogether different level. He rails against the iniquities of 'blah-blah-blah' the hopped-up pompous language that leads to complexity (which kills our ability to think), misunderstanding (which kills our ability to lead), and boredom (which kills our ability to care). The solution, he proposes, is learning with images rather than words, which we do as children and are then dissuaded from ever doing again, with the exception of standouts such as the Periodic Table of the Elements, the world's greatest organization chart. Through a series of charming line drawings starring a fox representing the linear, verbal mind and a hummingbird representing the synthesizing, visual mind, Roam presents his theories on how to present ideas and arguments such that they can be readily understood which unfortunately, boils down to the rule to 'use images instead of words' and not much else. It's tough to miss the irony of a book decrying the unnecessary complication of language spinning out a single idea through dozens of unnecessary illustrative examples." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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."
Ever been to so many meetings that you couldn't get your work done? Ever fallen asleep during a bulletpoint presentation? Ever watched the news and ended up knowing less? Welcome to the land of Blah Blah Blah.
The Problem: We talk so much that we don't think very well. Powerful as words are, we fool ourselves when we think our words alone can detect, describe, and defuse the multifaceted problems of today. They can't-and that's bad, because words have become our default thinking tool.
The Solution: This book offers a way out of blah-blah-blah. It's called "Vivid Thinking."
In Dan Roam's first acclaimed book, The Back of the Napkin, he taught readers how to solve problems and sell ideas by drawing simple pictures. Now he proves that Vivid Thinking is even more powerful. This technique combines our verbal and visual minds so that we can think and learn more quickly, teach and inspire our colleagues, and enjoy and share ideas in a whole new way.
The Destination: No more blah-blah-blah. Through Vivid Thinking, we can make the most complicated subjects suddenly crystal clear. Whether trying to understand a Harvard Business School class, or what went down in the Conan versus Leno battle for late-night TV, or what Einstein thought about relativity, Vivid Thinking provides a way to clarify anything.
Through dozens of guided examples, Roam proves that anyone can apply this systematic approach, from leftbrain types who hate to draw to right-brainers who hate to write. This isn't just a book about improving communications, presentations, and ideation; it's about removing the blah-blah- blah from your life for good.
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.