I have recently been asked to review a few books on and products for the visual practice, and each of them has been a delight to discover. I thought I would take a moment here to make note as people often ask me for recommended reads and tools in this area.
In Visual Leaders: New Tools for Visioning, Management, and Organization Change, David Sibbet shows his strength in putting visual work to practice in change management and visioning. Another great release to join his previous releases of visual meetings and visual teams. Great references and practice work for anyone in the field and others interested in putting visuals to practice.
Mike Rohde has produced a great Handbook to the art of Sketchnotes that provides an equally accessible resource for practitioners and those new to the art. A piece of art in itself, the book practices what it preaches as he delivers his content in sketchnote format. His invitation to others to share their styles and tips makes for both entertaining and enlightening perusal. Last but not least he invites you to play and learn within the pages. Enjoy!
Sketching at work by Martin Eppler is a great guide to practical application of visual tools for strategic collaboration and communication in business. He invites the reader to explore the world of visuals from diagrams to free hand drawing. The newest book, coming soon is fully interactive. We need to wait a bit for the English version, but it will be worth the wait if I know Martin.
Another brilliant release from the innovative mind of Jim Marggraff, the inventor behind Leapfrog educational tools. I got hooked on using the Livescribe at SxSW last year, but this latest is what I have been waiting for, WiFi. Livescribe 4 GB Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen (APX-00011) Like freeing your heels when telemarking skiing, this pen frees us from the cables that bind us synching handwritten notes with our digital lives beautifully.
While I am at it, I will mention my favorite tools for digital sketchnoting:
Brushes3 App for iPad and my faithful Bamboo Stylus and extra tips (a must when doing events – always carry a spare!)
What are your favourite tools? Any new reads? There are some great books out there. Some are still in translation.
Keep an eye out for the English version of Mia Nillson’s Låt Bilden Göra Jobbet, coming soon with increased visuals in content.