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Rapid Viz: A New Method for the Rapid Visualization of Ideas 3rd 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
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 the introduction of a Rapid Visualisation Process, which one can learn easily & then use readily to capture & convert fleeting thoughts into 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.
For the benefit of readers, I append herewith the Table of Contents:
- All we need is another drawing book;
- Another way of learning: an insight into intuitive, holistic thinking;
- The bilingual method: using the often neglected visual abilities we all possess;
- What you need to get started: a description of tools & techniques to aid visual learning;
- The box method: a very simple drawing technique for rapid viz;
- Rapid indication: visual symbols & cliches for rapid viz;
- The visualisation process: drawing made easier by evolving a visual concept to a finished drawing;
- Graphic expression: communication with visual images;
- Graphic creation: using visual thinking to stimulate & refine creative thinking;
- Learning with visuals: using visual patterns to improve learning, memory & recall;
I must say: The entire book is really great stuff to get you moving with visual thinking!Read more ›
It's essentially the same with a few minor changes. First off: the most obvious change here, the one major change, is in its *size*: this 3rd edition is about 2/3 as big as the 2nd edition- tiny! I'm talking about the overall physical dimensions: mainly length & width, with depth not being radically changed.
Most of the lettering is the same size as before, although a few pages include microscopic printing. These new physical dimensions are *not* an improvement. This whole book has an uncomfortably crammed look & feel, not unlike a packed elevator ride. "Get me outta this thing!" is my honest reaction here.
Maybe it's because I'm so used to the 2nd edition: I consider it to be the *BEST* version, even though I only rated it as being somewhat above average. The 2nd edition is basically good, and I'm glad I have it, but I still don't think *any* version of Rapid Viz has lived up to its real, full potential. My basic complaint with these books is that the illustrations themselves often look a little too unfinished and sketchy, lacking the true detail & depth that a 5-star book might have. At other times, some drawings actually have *too much* microscopic detail. And in an effort to make an already conceptually clear & concise book even more clear & concise, this new 3rd edition eliminates some drawings & photos along the way(!). Even worse: the photos that *have* been included are reproduced poorly, as if they were printed with a cheap, pre-Internet, black & white inkjet printer. I thought new editions of books were supposed to get better, not worse! I give this thing 1 star because it's a completely unnecessary downgrade- at best.Read more ›
In their Introduction, Hanks and Belliston explain the objectives and guidelines used to develop their book as well as the goals of the Rapid Viz method, once that was fine-tuned during several decades of application and modification. They also suggest what their reader ("student") needs to get started: a pencil and/or felt-tip pen ("Use whatever you want as long as it's simple, cheap, and you can carry it in your pocket or purse at all times"), perhaps multi-colored felt-tip pens and/or pencils, perhaps an eraser and/or ruler, sheets of some regular bond paper, a pad of 14" X 17" tracing paper.
At this point, I presume to suggest that you consider a sketchbook with blank pages and have it nearby as you complete various exercises within the book. Why?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a true classic. It's written in just the style I like, in a "here's the straight dope" style, no pretense. Read morePublished 1 month ago by UI Guy
Pretty good book. Still getting through it. Also see Kurt's Youtube videos.Published 8 months ago by Russell
Been using this book for years as a training tool until I lent it to someone. Finally found it again on Amazon.
An excellent guide to drawing for beginners. Lots of easy-to-do introductory exercises to get you started. Read morePublished 11 months ago by KEVIN M RODDY
Great. Workbook style drawing book. Some exercise could be spread apart more but you can always use tracing paper.Published 13 months ago by Dr. M. Wasilewski