Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ Free Shipping
The Idea Shapers: the power of putting your thinking into your own hands Paperback – November 8, 2016
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
"Agerbeck's The Idea Shapers shares fresh insights from her years of strategic thinking. It's rare to find a book rich in systems that's clear and applicable right away."
CEO of Duarte, Inc.
and best-selling author
"Once again Brandy Agerbeck provides simple, clear and highly practical guidance for anyone who aspires to excel in visual thinking and facilitation. Brandy is a master practitioner and a natural born teacher. You can't do better than this book."
Founder of XPLANE
and author of Liminal Thinking
"The Idea Shapers is a wonderful, thought-provoking book for anyone who has wondered how visual thinking works. It holds terrific insights into the relationships between writing, drawing, teaching, learning, and making connections across disciplines. It's not just for artists, and not just for writers, it's for anyone who wants to challenge themselves to think in new and fresh ways."
President & CEO,
Chicago Children's Museum
"If, like me, you've stood with mouth agape, in awe of an impossibly, extraordinarily gifted person with the ability to visually explain and to draw pictures to record and even sort-of synthesize what other people are talking about: admit it.
You resent these people.
I did too, until I attended a workshop with Brandy Agerbeck, wherein she completely spilled the beans -- showed us every trick in the book for doing like she does.
THIS IS THAT BOOK.
The Idea Shapers is the most approachable, dishy, memorable, implementable book on drawing in support of understanding and human communication you're going to have read this much of the blurb for: why haven't you clicked "add to cart" yet??"
InformationArchitect and Co-Founder,
TheUnderstanding Group, LLC
"I have read and shared (gifted!) Brandy's first book, The Graphic Facilitator's Guide, and her new book, The Idea Shapers, is going to get the same treatment. As a visual communicator for 35years (I was Director of Information Graphics at Newsweek for a decade), I found myself taking notes on visual storytelling concepts outlined by Brandy. As a teacher, she has a wonderful voice, a straight forward and accessible manner for conveying her knowledge and skills through words and drawings."
Director of Media Sandbox,
Michigan State University
From the Back Cover
Long to feel less overwhelmed? Wish for clarity in your decision making? Looking for lucidity in your thinking? Seeking confidence in your communication?
The simple solution is at your fingertips.
Paper and pen.
In this guide, Brandy Agerbeck reveals drawing as your best thinking tool, making visual thinking attainable and enjoyable through a set of twenty-four Idea Shapers. Each concept combines fine art and facilitation to turn abstract ideas into concrete drawing that help you do great things.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
_Biographical story about why I love this book_
A couple years ago I wanted help with how to use flip charts. A big part of my job is adult training and I know "old school" flip charts help students understand and remember the material.
I searched many ways online and found some of my best resources on YouTube, sometimes in German, which I don't speak. I also bought at least a half-dozen books on visual meetings, drawing, graphic facilitation, and more. All of them gave me a little help and none of them answered my questions. They were a part, but not all of the puzzle. I didn't know enough to do more than copy a few ideas I had seen others do.
Getting serious, I bought specialized markers. [ NOTE: Your tools can make a difference, even when your skills are low. ] I took not 1, but 2 different classes about how to improve my skills. The classes taught me a few more techniques and made a huge difference in how comfortable I feel drawing. [ NOTE: You don't have to be good at this to make a difference. Really. ]
In the end, my students raved, I felt proud, and I wanted more. I knew there were a ton of simple shapes, but I didn't know them. I knew there was more to understand about how to use images, different ways to approach them, why somethings might work differently. I knew there was a way to use pictures, graphics, composition, etc. What I didn't know was how to get from "Uh, something could make this better" to "Wow, that helps clarify the idea."
Brandy's book, The Idea Shapers is the resource I have been waiting for. I could have been much further ahead in my journey with this book. I recently bought multiple copies and I have started to give them as gifts. It's that good.
_About the book itself_
It's huge, clocking in at over 400 pages. It has lots of graphics in gray-scale. If there is any ding against this book it's that there are no color pictures. It might cost a fortune in color, but I have to think it would be worth it.
Part I: This section makes a great case for drawing, how to use it, why simple is better, and the power of getting ideas of of your head and onto paper.
Part II: This section gives you the 5 major ideas about how to capture and arrange your drawings (ideas).
Step 1. Chunk - different ways to capture, organize, use ideas to further your goal
Step 2. Sort & Group - how to arrange & label information into useful clusters
Step 3. Connect & Contain - many ways to express relationships between ideas
Step 4. Scale - how to use size to create organization and influence thinking
Step 5. Grasp - ways to make meaning out of your drawing
Part III: This section is filled with encouragement and permission to take all the ideas and make them your own.
The brain has centers built to process what you hear. The brain has centers built to process what you see. The brain does not have a center to process reading, we've jury rigged this. Spend a little more time on your visuals (drawing, not artwork) and everyone who sees it, including you, will have an easier time understanding the intent. Make people happy, pick up a marker or crayon and draw!
closing note: Edited to fix grammer problem
For as long as we have been human, visual art has been at the core of the ritual process. At the height of ritual experiences, artists serve as guides in participants' struggles with the basic symbols of their culture, breaking them apart and recombining them into startling new arrangements that enable participants to transcend the limitations that have been holding them back.
Brandy Agerbeck, the Author of Idea Shapers, continues this ancient tradition in her work as a graphic facilitator. As an artist, she guides her clients through their struggles by literally drawing out the shape of their deliberations. With this book, Agerbeck explains how this same discipline can be used by individuals attempting to grapple with difficult ideas on their own. By bringing ideas out into view through drawing, they literally become visions.
"Messy drawings can still bring clarity," Agerbeck advises. Over and over, this book provokes readers by bringing what seem to be incompatible concepts together in enlightening contrast. So, the approach of its advice manages to be extremely practical while also touching on an experience that could be described as mystical. Agerbeck writes that, as a practitioner engages in the work described in The Idea Shapers, "Over time, you'll see patterns emerge in how you make drawings and how your thinking shifts as you use these concepts... The placement of each idea in spatial relationship to each other idea is a deliberate choice. Each of those choices helps you to organize your thoughts. Soon you see the physical shape of your ideas." It occurred to me, reading passages like these, that the author's process of Idea Shaping could be considered as a form of divination - not in a supernatural sense, but in the sense of bringing life-changing but unarticulated concepts out of the murky foundations of the mind out into the light of day, captured in ink on the page.
The Idea Shapers is an expansive, but tightly organized book. It guides the reader through several scales of drawing, addressing multiple forms and formats, capable of carrying everything from small flashes of insight to connections between big ideas. It provides everything from detailed tips for drawing to elements of a philosophy of art at work. There's more in these pages than anyone could hope to digest in a single read-through. Think of The Idea Shapers as a reference from which readers can develop their own craft of visual thinking, a source of inspiration that will become nicely worn around the edges as it is leafed through over and over again.
In an age dominated by the outsourcing of thought to digital devices, The Idea Shapers has the courage to turn the reader's gaze in the opposite direction, suggesting that the most useful insights won't come from poring over analytics dashboards, but through the act of literally taking thinking back into our own hands. This turn from technology inward makes The Idea Shapers an important work, essential reading for anyone seeking to maintain the human experience of inspiration alive in a world of automation.