- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Crisp/WKI; 2 edition (June 9, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560520558
- ISBN-13: 978-1560520559
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rapid Viz : A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas 2nd Edition
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Later, Kurt developed a consulting firm that emphasizes concept development and organizational business training. You can see an overview of his projects at www.hanksconsulting.com.
"The creative core of all my work," Kurt says, "is the rapid visualization of ideas and information."
A signature facet of Kurt's creative mind is something he calls Paradigm Mapping--a process that improves the discernment capabilities of those who practice it. An explanation of Paradigm Mapping can be found at www.kurthanks.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Like his other books, this book is very well illustrated, conceptually & graphically. It's primary focus is introduction of a Rapid Visualisation Process, which one can learn easily & then use readily to capture thoughts in visual forms on paper. It is packed with ideas, games, puzzles & exercises to guide the reader.
It is written for the novice in mind. It provides a step by step approach to the practical strategies of seeing, thinking, & drawing.
I must say: It is really great stuff to get you moving with visual thinking!
This is one of several books that I have with this great, sideways physical format & dimensions: Drawing: A Creative Process, and Basic Perspective Drawing: A Visual Guide being 2 others easily worth mentioning. In any case, Rapid Viz helps creative people with getting their ideas onto paper: quickly, clearly, and in a systematic fashion. Quick & accurate sketching in any medium can be the foundation for finished, professional work. In fact, as this book explains, using a systematic process in developing our ideas can save us a great deal of time in the long run. This book details this systematic process. The ideas here aren't completely new: it's the gathering of these ideas into a single book *for the 1st time* that makes this 'a new method' in its presentation. It's split almost evenly into 2 halves: the first explaining the basics of perspective; the second detailing the specific steps in this quick visualization process. Perspective is clearly the foundation here, which leads me to my biggest criticism: if half this book gives us watered-down perspective, why not just get a full-blown perspective book? And some would say the 2nd half of this book is simply common sense. Of course the answer here is equally simple: common sense isn't always that common(!). It really *can* help to have this process clearly stated in a book. But the entire thing has this sort of watered-down, unfinished look, making it seem like maybe a better version could be just around the corner. As it turns out, there *is* a newer, 3rd edition of this book, and it's actually available today.Read more ›
Read carefully the book description in the Editorial Reviews: "This book helps people to quickly master the fundamental techniques of graphic art and design using felt-tip pens and plain paper." If you're looking for technical tips to improve your drawing, by all means, buy this book.
Bottom-line, I found it more oriented toward illustrators or artists than toward thinkers who want to doodle.
I have almost every conceivable how-to drawing book, and while this book seems deceptively simple, it's exercises are profound. He has you learn a visual recognition and intuitive understanding of perspective, and applies it to later studies on form, shading, perspective plans, etc..
DO THE EXERCISES, DON'T JUST READ IT.
He tries, in essence, to teach you to apply 3-dimensional thinking to simple shapes at first, and builds on that.
I can't recommend this book more heartily.
Yes- this is the version to get- not the new one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought as in good condition. received with scribbling on virtually every pagePublished 2 months ago by Gerald Tackes
This is the book my instructor at California College of the Arts uses for the Ideation Sketching course. This book teaches you the 'why' and 'how' of design sketching. Read morePublished 23 months ago by machine_punk
Great! Item came as described and at a great price. Thank you so much , it is exactly what I was looking for.Published on February 22, 2013 by Meowbeanz
RapidViz is an excellent resource for anyone seeking a reference for rapid drawing techniques. Hard to find and worth picking up for that reason alone.Published on June 28, 2010 by Michael Rohde
The book was sent in an orderly amount of time. There was some writing in it, but all in all in good condition.Published on February 2, 2007 by Thuy N. Ngo
If you feel bad about yourself that you have the inability to draw, then this book is for you. This book will show you that the most stupid doodle that you've ever drawn has... Read morePublished on January 27, 2007 by Cheese
It's almost forgivable that, as the Reader on May 23, 2004 pointed out, there are errors in the exercises, as the goal of the book is to get over the little errors and express... Read morePublished on March 11, 2005 by Joseph D. Tennis