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Rapid Viz : A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas 2nd Edition

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Product Details

  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kurt Hanks was born in 1947 in Utah. He grew up on a ranch, working both ends of a cow. He discovered early in life, however, that his true calling was in the design field. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and taught at Brigham Young University for nearly a decade. He later specialized in information design, with over 30 books, 60 museums, theme parks and visitors' centers to his credit.

Later, Kurt developed a consulting firm that emphasizes concept development and organizational business training. You can see an overview of his projects at

"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

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lee Say Keng on October 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I have always enjoyed reading - and playing around with the ideas from - Kurt Hank's books. I have all his books, which include Draw!, Design Yourself, The Change Navigator, Wake Up Your Creative Genius, Up Your Productivity.

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!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "extreme_dig_cm" on September 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
...maybe 3-1/2 Stars. The basic principles in this book are pretty solid; it's the basic presentation here that leaves a bit to be desired.
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.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Weaver on December 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was expecting a book weighted toward doodling; idea-generation; capturing thoughts on paper. I was disappointed to find it more oriented toward graphic artists or illustrators. Lots of topics like composition, perspective, etc. And the sample sketches and examples are way, way more professional than I could ever hope to be.
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Two Wheel Touring on October 31, 2005
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If you have been sketching for years then read someone else's review for a more accurate portrayal of this book. 3D, Perspective, Techniques, Depth, Light, Shadows: Previously, these were all completely beyond me. Practice is the key; the ability to sketch does not lie in a book, but rather in the pencil you are holding. This book gives you a starting point for practice. I've gone from appalling to amateur in a couple of months.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Scott C. Lemien on April 20, 2006
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If you are seriously interested in tackling the tougher aspects of drawing: ie, drawing from your imagination, perspective, visualization--this book may be what you are looking for.

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..


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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jones Foyer on June 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
More than 20 years ago I got this book as a present from my mother and it was the start of my journey to my future career. A large bulk of the book is dedicated to a style of sketching used by product and industrial designers. I fell in love with the technique and the concept of thinking on paper. Today, I am an industrial designer. I have worked for Honda, Boeing, Activision, John Deere, Hasbro and other clients as a designer of new products. Though some of the illustrations are done in a dated style, the basic thinking is essentially unchanged today. A great text for students of industrial design- product design, car design (styling), environmental design, and entertainment design.

Yes- this is the version to get- not the new one.
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