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.
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 Artist's Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist's life. Still as vital today -- or perhaps even more so -- than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist's Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist's Way for a new century.
The Artist's Way is one of the bestselling gift books of all time. Beautifully packaged with a slipcase and ribbon, this tenth anniversary gift edition is the ideal gift for loved ones engaged in creative lives.
A stunning gift edition of the powerful bestselling book on creativity.
The Artist’s Way is one of the bestselling gift books of all time. Beautifully packaged with a slipcase and ribbon, this tenth anniversary gift edition is the ideal gift for loved ones engaged in creative lives.
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.
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.
Table of Contents
The Artist's Way Introduction to the Tenth Anniversary Edition
Spiritual Electricity: The Basic Principles
The Basic Tools
Week 1: Recovering a Sense of Safety
Shadow Artists. Your Enemy Within: Core Negative Beliefs. Your Ally Within: Affirmative Weapons. Creative Affirmations. Tasks. Check-In.
Week 2: Recovering a Sense of Identity
Going Sane. Poisonous Playmates. Crazymakers. Skepticism. Attention. Rules of the Road. Tasks. Check-In.
Week 3: Recovering a Sense of Power
Anger. Synchronicity. Shame. Dealing with Criticism. Detective Work, an Exercise. Growth. Tasks. Check-In.
Week 4: Recovering a Sense of Integrity
Honest Changes. Buried Dreams, an Exercise. Reading. Deprivation. Tasks. Check-In.
Week 5: Recovering a Sense of Possibility
Limits. Finding the River. The Virtue Trap. The Virtue-Trap Quiz. Forbidden joys, an Exercise. Wish List, an Exercise. Tasks. Check-In.
Week 6: Recovering a Sense of Abundance
The Great Creator. Luxury. Counting, an Exercise. Money Madness, an Exercise. Tasks. Check-In.
Week 7: Recovering a Sense of Connection
Listening. Perfectionism. Risk. Jealousy. The Jealousy Map, an Exercise. Archeology, an Exercise. Tasks. Check-In.
Week 8: Recovering a Sense of Strength
Survival. The Ivory Power. Gain Disguised as Loss. Age and Time: Product and Process. Filling the Form. Early Patternings, an Exercise. Affirmations. Tasks. Check-In.
Week 9: Recovering A Sense of Compassion
Fear. Enthusiasm. Creative U-Turns. Blasting through Blocks. Tasks. Check-In.
Week 10: Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection
Dangers of the Trail. Workaholism. Drought. Fame. Competition. Tasks. Check-In.
Week 11: Recovering a Sense of Autonomy
Acceptance. Success. The Zen of Sports. Building Your Artist's Altar. Tasks. Check-In.
Week 12: Recovering a Sense of Faith
Trusting. Mystery. The Imagination at Play. Escape Velocity. Tasks. Check-In.
The Artist's Way. Words for It.
The Artist's Way Questions and Answers
Creative Clusters Guide
Appendix:" Trail Mix
Forming a Sacred Circle. An Artist's Prayer.