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The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently Paperback – May 26, 2015
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“In The Doodle Revolution, Sunni Brown opens our minds to the idea that we naturally possess a simple, overlooked skill of great value: the ability to doodle. It's a rare gift to be taught such a rewarding truth in so joyful and light-hearted a manner. Sunni is a creative light and an inspiring mentor.”
—Chris Anderson, TED Curator
"Why do we insist on representing our world using 26 letters rather than an infinity of pictures? Sunni Brown shows us how to doodle our way to better thinking. Her book will have you drawing insights on the page, not just in the margins."
—Dan Heath, co-author of Decisive, Made to Stick, and Switch
"Contrary to popular opinion, doodling is a serious endeavor. As Brown shows in this smart and accessible book, applying visual language allows you to see new dimensions of a problem -- and at times, new aspects of yourself. So get out your writing sticks and prepare to doodle!"
—Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell is Human and Drive
“The future is filled with an ever-growing density of information, so visual literacy—the ability to think and communicate using visual language—will become an essential skill. Thankfully, The Doodle Revolution gives all of us the ability to take the leap.”
—Jane McGonigal, author of Reality Is Broken
"Doodles come straight from the Unconscious. That's partly why they work. Sunni did a beautiful job of shining a light on visual language."
—Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art and The Legend of Bagger Vance
“There’s a reason why so many innovative companies use Sunni’s techniques for visual literacy, and it’s not just because they want to have fun. These methods offer consistently better thinking, and in the process deliver happiness as well.”
—Tony Hsieh, Zappos.com CEO and author of Delivering Happiness
“Doodling is not just a nervous habit. It nudges the mind to discover different angles and hidden connections. In the long run—and especially around new media—expressing oneself in raw text might not stand up in the face of artistic, spatial, and emotive text. Sunni has found a way to validate and systematize a new language that enables thinking on a whole new level.”
—Robert McKee, author of Story
“Both practical and inspiring, Brown’s book reminds readers of the revolutionary power o simplicity in an information-overloaded world. A gold mine for readers interested in learning more about the benefits of increased visual literacy.”
"Brown's defense of the doodle is convincing . . . this creative, fun book will definitely help you get your doodle on."
About the Author
Sunni Brown was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business and one of the 10 Most Creative People on Twitter by Fast Company. She is a consultant, an international speaker, the coauthor of Gamestorming, and the leader of a global campaign for visual literacy.
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"The Doodle Revolution" is more didactic than I hoped, the book ironically involves much less demonstration and exercise than lecture and textbook discussion. It serves best as a rhetorical defense of doodling as effective visual communication. It has an academic style: thorough and dense. (Sadly, one cannot "read" the illustration doodles alone and understand the author's message.)
Not substantially a "how-to" book, it does provide a great springboard to other doodle guidance materials. I recommend "The Doodle Revolution" if you want to understand "why" visual communication is increasingly important in a multi-media world. I recommend it if you need solid reasons to convince yourself to join the revolution. But there are better sources for learning "how" to doodle.
The first part of the book is about the importance of doodling and its communicative power in the workplace or any creative venture. The second half is basically a crash course in drawing, going over tools such as shapes, lines, shading, etc. I didn't really need the latter half because I've been drawing and illustrating for a while, but I did like the rationale for a visual basis of communication in the beginning of the book. I'd recommend this book to people who generally don't draw or think that drawing can be productive in any manner.
As a long time doodler, it helped to put into words what I've always known - and I've given it or recommended it to many people since that day - and love how people have reacted so positively to the ideas that it presents.