Synopses & Reviews
There is NO SUCH THING 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 disguise a simple, accessible, and dynamite tool for innovating and solving even the stickiest problems.
Sunni Browns 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 Infodoodle” the tight integration of words, numbers, images, and shapes that craft and display higher-level thinking.
She'll teach you how to doodle any object, concept, or system imaginable.
She'll show you how to shift habitual thinking patterns to get cognitive breakthroughs.
She'll help you transform boring text into displays that can engage any audience.
And she'll give you the courage to take up your pen, pencil, or whiteboard marker, without shame, judgment, or apology.
As Brown writes in the Doodle Revolutionary's Manifesto, 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.”
Doodlers of the world, unite! The power of the pen awaits you.
“In The Doodle Revolution, Sunni Brown opens our minds to the idea that we naturally possess a simple, overlooked skill of great value: the ability to doodle. It's a rare gift to be taught such a rewarding truth in so joyful and light-hearted a manner. Sunni is a creative light and an inspiring mentor.” 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 you drawing insights on the page, not just in the margins." Dan Heath, co-author of Decisive, Made to Stick, and 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. So get out your writing sticks and prepare to doodle!" Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive
“The future is filled with an ever-growing density of information, so visual literacy — the ability to think and communicate using visual language — will become an essential skill. Thankfully, The Doodle Revolution gives all of us the ability to take the leap.” 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." Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art and The Legend of Bagger Vance
“There's a reason why so many innovative companies use Sunni's techniques for visual literacy, and it's not just because they want to have fun. These methods offer consistently better thinking, and in the process deliver happiness as well.” Tony Hsieh, Zappos.com CEO and author of Delivering Happiness
“Doodling is not just a nervous habit. It nudges the mind to discover different angles and hidden connections. In the long run — and especially around new media — 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.” Robert McKee, author of Story
“Both practical and inspiring, Brown's book reminds readers of the revolutionary power of simplicity in an information-overloaded world. A gold mine for readers interested in learning more about the benefits of increased visual literacy.” Kirkus
"Brown's defense of the doodle is convincing...this creative, fun book will definitely help you get your doodle on." SUCCESS magazine
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 us 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. Its time we recognize visual literacy as a fundamental requirement for the future.
About the Author
Sunni Brown was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and one of the 10 Most Creative People on Twitter by Fast 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.