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Pencil Me in: The Business Drawing Book for People Who Can't Draw

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Want to get better in business? Learn how to draw. There’s no faster, cheaper prototype in the world than a sketch on a sheet of paper. What’s unclear in words is suddenly crystal clear in a sketch, and you—and your team—can tackle problems in entirely new ways. Play around with ideas. Document your process. Think on paper. Visual thinking brings a whole new power to work. Want to get better in business? Learn how to draw. There’s no faster, cheaper prototype in the world than a sketch on a sheet of paper. What’s unclear in words is suddenly crystal clear in a sketch, and you—and your team—can tackle problems in entirely new ways. Play around with ideas. Document your process. Think on paper. Visual thinking brings a whole new power to work. Think you can’t draw? Don’t worry! The simplest sketches are the most effective at communication and problem solving, so you can begin drawing in less time than your average coffee break. Pictures and visual communication harken back to the stone age for good reason--they’re natural, they’re quick, and they work. And they’ll work for you. If you’re looking for the next tool to help you solve your hardest (and most interesting) challenges at work, try a paper and pencil. This book teaches you how to use them well--and have a bit of fun along the way. With contributions from Amelie Sarrazin, Aleksandra Micek, Taylor Reese, Dan Brown, Daniel Cook, Kate Rutter, Eva-Lotta Lamm, Matthew Magain, Sunni Brown, Cristina Negrut, Daryl Meier Fahrni, Marc Bourguignon, Laura Klein, David Gray, Melissa Kim, Mike Rohde, Brian Gulassa, Andrew Reid, Rolf Faste, Raph Koster, Stone Librande, Robin Hunicke, Alicia Loring, Erin Malone, Stephen P. Anderson, Giorgia Lupi, Alex Osterwalder, Noelle Stransky, James Young, and Dan Roam.


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Want to get better in business? Learn how to draw. There’s no faster, cheaper prototype in the world than a sketch on a sheet of paper. What’s unclear in words is suddenly crystal clear in a sketch, and you—and your team—can tackle problems in entirely new ways. Play around with ideas. Document your process. Think on paper. Visual thinking brings a whole new power to work. Want to get better in business? Learn how to draw. There’s no faster, cheaper prototype in the world than a sketch on a sheet of paper. What’s unclear in words is suddenly crystal clear in a sketch, and you—and your team—can tackle problems in entirely new ways. Play around with ideas. Document your process. Think on paper. Visual thinking brings a whole new power to work. Think you can’t draw? Don’t worry! The simplest sketches are the most effective at communication and problem solving, so you can begin drawing in less time than your average coffee break. Pictures and visual communication harken back to the stone age for good reason--they’re natural, they’re quick, and they work. And they’ll work for you. If you’re looking for the next tool to help you solve your hardest (and most interesting) challenges at work, try a paper and pencil. This book teaches you how to use them well--and have a bit of fun along the way. With contributions from Amelie Sarrazin, Aleksandra Micek, Taylor Reese, Dan Brown, Daniel Cook, Kate Rutter, Eva-Lotta Lamm, Matthew Magain, Sunni Brown, Cristina Negrut, Daryl Meier Fahrni, Marc Bourguignon, Laura Klein, David Gray, Melissa Kim, Mike Rohde, Brian Gulassa, Andrew Reid, Rolf Faste, Raph Koster, Stone Librande, Robin Hunicke, Alicia Loring, Erin Malone, Stephen P. Anderson, Giorgia Lupi, Alex Osterwalder, Noelle Stransky, James Young, and Dan Roam.

30 review for Pencil Me in: The Business Drawing Book for People Who Can't Draw

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vuk Trifkovic

    Excellent guide for improving sketching / drawing skills. Great format too - easy to carry with you and use as doodling inspiration.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Felipe Delgado

    I always wished I could draw boxes and arrows more neatly when explaining things to people. This book is a great primer on how to do that and much more. It teaches you how to improve and apply your doodling skills when designing products. Thanks to this book and a little bit of practice, I can already draw basic shapes pretty decently. I also love the book's small format, since I can keep it handy at my desk whenever I need to practice or get inspiration. I wish it would have given more tips to d I always wished I could draw boxes and arrows more neatly when explaining things to people. This book is a great primer on how to do that and much more. It teaches you how to improve and apply your doodling skills when designing products. Thanks to this book and a little bit of practice, I can already draw basic shapes pretty decently. I also love the book's small format, since I can keep it handy at my desk whenever I need to practice or get inspiration. I wish it would have given more tips to draw trickier shapes common in sketchnotes (e.g. banners, quote marks, etc.). But I'm sure it becomes easier to do on your own with practice. The book also has a ton of references to outside source material, which is great for when I'm ready to dig deeper.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Collins

    A nice little, quick-and-dirty guide to using sketching and visual thinking for improving creativity. For me, a valuable reinforcement of some techniques I use, though I'm much rawer. If there's one flaw to this book (like many other books discussing the same kind of approach), is that it emphasises you can sketch with just lines, arrows, stick people, and basic shapes, but then shows beautiful, finished work by expert sketchers. They're inspirational, but I'd like to see something that shows ide A nice little, quick-and-dirty guide to using sketching and visual thinking for improving creativity. For me, a valuable reinforcement of some techniques I use, though I'm much rawer. If there's one flaw to this book (like many other books discussing the same kind of approach), is that it emphasises you can sketch with just lines, arrows, stick people, and basic shapes, but then shows beautiful, finished work by expert sketchers. They're inspirational, but I'd like to see something that shows idea communication with much less expert work. I could use that roughness to show clients and colleagues how these tools can work.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Violette

    I really enjoyed this book and found it slightly more useful than the The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking. The beginning of the book has good examples and exercises for the building blocks of visual notes. The latter half of the book describes how to apply those building blocks in various business contrxts (whiteboarding, mindmapping, wireframes, etc). I found that very useful and will continue to practice these techniques. I really enjoyed this book and found it slightly more useful than the The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking. The beginning of the book has good examples and exercises for the building blocks of visual notes. The latter half of the book describes how to apply those building blocks in various business contrxts (whiteboarding, mindmapping, wireframes, etc). I found that very useful and will continue to practice these techniques.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Afref Fetter Fetter

    Didn't particularly gain much from this. Thought I'd learn how to get better at drawing for drawing architectural diagrams. Looks like the secret is to just put effort into drawing itself. Didn't particularly gain much from this. Thought I'd learn how to get better at drawing for drawing architectural diagrams. Looks like the secret is to just put effort into drawing itself.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    a quick little read that argues convincingly for more drawing / sketchnoting / graphic recording / visual communication in the workplace. i enjoyed it!

  7. 4 out of 5

    David Hyder

    Cuts to the chase. I've read several books onn this topic over time. This one is especially useful for its references and the nifty ideas. Cuts to the chase. I've read several books onn this topic over time. This one is especially useful for its references and the nifty ideas.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Toni Tassani

    Small, easy to read, beautiful book. With interesting contributions from well known names, the author has known how to distill different ingredients of visual thinking. I've loved some of the special contributions, specially Eva-Lotta Lamm and Stephen P. Anderson. Small, easy to read, beautiful book. With interesting contributions from well known names, the author has known how to distill different ingredients of visual thinking. I've loved some of the special contributions, specially Eva-Lotta Lamm and Stephen P. Anderson.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Viktor Goliaš

  10. 4 out of 5

    Scott Kubie

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tommi

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steven Ritchie

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gary Capell

  14. 5 out of 5

    Piyush Jain

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Close

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ingve

  17. 4 out of 5

    Azoad Ahnaf Walindo

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dominique Jost

  19. 4 out of 5

    Matt V.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eric

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ola

  22. 5 out of 5

    Christina

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peter Ellis

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elbz

  25. 4 out of 5

    Iván

  26. 5 out of 5

    Austin Govella

  27. 5 out of 5

    Om Prakash

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jana Vembunarayanan

  29. 4 out of 5

    yogita

  30. 4 out of 5

    Päivi

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